James Lawson

James Lawson was a founder of the Liberty League and President of the Oxford Hayek Society.

We shouldn’t subsidise the new political class

Written by | Monday 22 July 2013

In 1911 MPs began receiving a salary. By paying MPs it was hoped the general population could independently enter politics, rather than simply leaving it dominated by a wealthy elite.

MPs compensation has since betrayed this vision. The system now supports a new political class. In the 1970s MPs' salaries were comparable with average UK income, today they seek triple the average, putting them in the top 2% of earners. Not to mention the abuse of expenses or even illegal activities by some of this political class.

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Vaclav Klaus on privatisation and monetary union

Written by | Monday 13 May 2013

I was lucky enough to be at the 3rd Pembroke College (Cambridge) Annual Adam Smith Lecture. This year we were graced by the presence of Vaclav Klaus, 2nd President of the Czech Republic.  He combined a rich understanding of Classical Liberal theory with decades of practical experience completing reforms at the height of Czech politics. His full speech can be read here, but there were four highlights I particularly enjoyed.

Firstly his 5 point plan for reform:

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Basic budget blunders

Written by | Tuesday 26 March 2013

Worryingly many commentators repeatedly make two basic budget blunders. Firstly, ‘deficit’ and ‘debt’ are not the same. Secondly, this government is not cutting spending. Neither point is original. Both should be simple to understand. Given consistent misinformation these both need clarification.

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The mediocrity of chasing the middle ground

Written by | Thursday 7 March 2013

The economy is stagnant, government spending continues to rise, and we’ve lost our AAA rating. With the recent rejection of boundary reforms, and the UKIP-led humiliation at Eastleigh, it’s no surprise that some Conservative backbenchers are grumbling.

Cameron is adamant that he will not “lurch to the right” in response. His focus remains on the centre. After all, the median voter theorem tells us that majority rule voting will select the outcome most preferred by the median voter. But is success as simple as chasing the middle ground?

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In the long run we're all dead

Written by | Monday 20 December 2010

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Send in the clowns

Written by | Monday 11 October 2010

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Toy Story 3: Socialism isn’t for play time

Written by | Wednesday 4 August 2010

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Taxpayers of Europe, Unite!

Written by | Thursday 29 July 2010

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