Monthly Archives: May 2011

Happy Tax Freedom Day 2011!

Tom Clougherty is executive director of the Adam Smith Institute. Congratulations, Britons! Today isn’t just a bank holiday, it’s also Tax Freedom Day, the notional day in the year when you’ve collectively earned enough money to pay the country’s annual … Continue reading

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This riot of regulators is stifling

We all know that the British state has grown dramatically over the past decade. The most obvious manifestation of that is in public spending, which the last government raised by 60% in real terms. The upshot is apparent to all: … Continue reading

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Economic Ideas Forum 2011

Here I am making the case for reforming welfare, cutting taxes and regulation, and fixing the banking system: And here I am responding to Will Hutton’s attack on me (and the free market):

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A few words on super-injunctions

Last week, the Daily Mail has a front-page headline that said, “Sir Fred’s affair: why we do have a right to know”. This is a sentiment that I’ve heard a lot when people are talking about super-injunctions. People have the … Continue reading

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Neither one thing nor the other

The FT reports that Sir John Vickers, the chairman of the Independent Commission on Banking, has admitted to the Treasury select committee that the commission’s proposed reforms “might not prevent more failures or free the taxpayer from providing support to … Continue reading

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