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Under Oxfam’s dodgy maths, someone with 50p to his name is “richer” than bottom 2bn

19 January 2015 12:26

Global capitalism has eradicated poverty and generated prosperity in the developing world at an unprecedented rate. You might imagine that a global anti-poverty charity, such as ‘Oxfam’, would celebrate this fact.… Continue reading

London, May 2011 (Photo: AFP)

How to defuse Britain’s £1.45 trillion public-debt time-bomb

29 October 2014 10:13

Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government borrowing since the start of the financial year 2014 to… Continue reading

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu. Image: Getty

Let’s have more work and lower costs to raise living standards – the Living Wage won’t help

24 June 2014 11:34

In the latest in a long-line of Commissions or studies into the roll-out of a ‘Living Wage’, today the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has called for the introduction of a… Continue reading


Increasing the minimum wage will only harm the lowest paid

3 September 2013 12:52

‘If you earn £6 an hour flipping burgers then Allegra might have good news for you,’ said Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight yesterday. Paxman was of course introducing the mooted Conservative… Continue reading

Minimum wage

No, it is not a good idea for the Tories to raise the minimum wage

13 March 2013 18:58

There’s so much to disagree with in Rupert Myers’ piece arguing that the Tories should raise the minimum wage that it’s difficult to know where to begin. Raising the minimum… Continue reading

Ed Miliband pledged to restore the 10p tax band. Picture: Carla Millar

Labour’s Valentine’s policy gimmick

14 February 2013 13:07

At long last, Ed Miliband delivered us a Valentine’s Day present that everyone in the political world has been waiting for: a new policy! And a tax policy at that!… Continue reading

Two ex-Chancellors will soon be debating whether George Osborne's economic strategy has failed. We'll be running debates on Coffee House this week as a warm-up.

‘Plan B’ is not the answer

17 October 2012 15:29

Is George Osborne’s plan working? You can see why his enemies are circling. If you take his own definition – his ‘fiscal rule’ that the debt/GDP ratio should be falling… Continue reading

Paul Ryan's appointment as Mitt Romney's running mate was a high-risk strategy for both sides, says Ryan Bourne. Picture: Getty.

A Paul Ryan reader

29 August 2012 19:01

Ever since Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan as his running mate, the UK media has raced to portray him as a fiscal Sarah Palin and suggest that he advocates extremist policies. If anyone… Continue reading

Nick Clegg announced a proposal for a 'wealth tax' today in an interview with the Guardian. Picture: Getty.

Would a wealth tax work?

29 August 2012 11:03

Roll up, roll up! The biannual Lib Dem half-baked tax policy circus is in town! Last time, the so-called ‘mansion tax’ show never lived up to its billing, as ringleader… Continue reading


There are economic reasons to cut the state, irrespective of the deficit

25 May 2012 13:24

Treasury Select Committee Chairman Andrew Tyrie recently explained he would support cutting back the size of the state even if our public finances were in balance. I doubt whether the… Continue reading