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Britain's Borrowed-Time Bomb

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Tuesday 04 January 2011

In this article, Dr Eamonn Butler warns that the UK needs to get a grip on its welfare spending if it wants to avoid fiscal crisis. His exploration of our debt problem and possible solutions follows the release of Miles Saltiel's report for the ASI "On Borrowed Time".

Britons say no to Nanny!

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Monday 20 August 2012

A new Adam Smith Institute briefing paper based on a YouGov poll commissioned by the Institute reveals that large majorities of the British public reject many aspects of the nanny state and prefer to make their own decisions.

Broadband Britain

Type: ReportsWritten by ASI Staff | Friday 22 November 2002

The government's vision of 'Broadband Britain' will never be achieved without fundamental reform in telecoms regulation. The report Broadband Britain: Finding a Way Forward says that broadband could become a major driver of wealth creation within ten years, improving education and business performance. Britain lags behind, 21st out of the richest 30th countries in terms of broadband penetration. The institutes points to the need for a more aggressive regulatory regime that will deliver a level playing field for profitability in telecommunications. Opportunities created by this will give BT and its shareholders the option to review the break up of the service into two parts. One for services (Servco) and another for network infrastructure (Netco).

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Bubble trouble

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Lawsmith | Friday 15 February 2013

The US Department of Justice's lawsuit against Standard and Poor's is misguided, says our legal writer Lawsmith. It was the market's confidence in the ratings agencies that was at fault, not the agencies themselves.


Burning down the house: Why Help to Buy will ruin Britain's housing market

Type: ReportsWritten by Adam Smith Institute | Monday 02 September 2013

Why Help to Buy will stoke a housing bubble by boosting demand without doing anything for supply, and risk taxpayer money in the process.

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Busting welfare myths

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Geoffrey Taunton-Collins | Monday 20 May 2013

The welfare debate has roused emotions on both the left and right, and has led to some outlandish claims. Myth needs to be separated from reality. Geoffrey Taunton-Collins gives his take on what we should and shouldn’t believe.


Butler on Museums

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Dr Eamonn Butler | Saturday 11 September 2004

The American bank robber, Willie Sutton, was asked why he persisted in robbing banks.

"That's where the money is," was his rather puzzled reply.

And why do our museums spend so much time dogging the heels of
politicians? Because in their world, government is where the money is.
After all, if you can't charge people to come in, then visitors become
no more than a necessary nuisance, wearing out the carpets and
fingering the exhibits.

Capitalism under siege

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Mikko I Arevuo | Wednesday 02 April 2014

Mikko Arevuo, a senior lecturer in strategic management and Adam Smith Institute fellow, explains the moral foundations of capitalism and what is causing the current crisis of confidence in it.


Captive Capital

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Barry Bracewell-Milnes | Thursday 23 November 1995

UK Capital taxes are the world's most complex, putting us at a disadvantage against EC partners. On UK and US figures, the author shows that the revenue-maximizing level for CGT is only 15% and argues for a cut to below 10%.

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Cash in the Attic

Type: ReportsWritten by Nigel Hawkins | Thursday 10 October 2013

Nigel Hawkins identifies £40bn of assets that the state could sell off to cut taxes or pay down the debt, including government-owned real estate, parts of state-owned companies like National Rail, and utilities that the government should not be running in the first place.


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