Monthly Archives: October 2011

Should a university education be a right for those with academic ability?

NO University applications have fallen by 12 percent. Most people feel that this is a bad thing, that young people are being deprived of a great life experience, not to mention important skills, as a result of the planned rise … Continue reading

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That pesky growth agenda

Over on The Spectator’s Coffee House blog, Fraser Nelson has mischievously offered a bottle of Pol Roger champagne to the reader best able to articulate George Osborne’s growth strategy. The joke, of course, is that many commentators don’t believe the … Continue reading

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The unintended consequences of socialist architecture

An article in Planning in London makes a fascinating point about this summer’s London riots: It has been suggested by others that there is a link between riot locations and the nearby presence of social housing. We think this can … Continue reading

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Paying for Localism

Charles Moore makes a good point in The Spectator: The government is very proud of its commitment to localism, and has fought hard to get its controversial Localism Bill despite numerous objections in the House of Lords. Yet at the … Continue reading

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Devaluation is not the answer

It is fast becoming accepted as conventional wisdom that Greece should default on its debts, leave the euro, print lots of its own currency so that it can carry on spending and, in the process, achieve a devaluation that would … Continue reading

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More QE

So, the Bank of England has announced another £75bn on quantitative easing. Bad news. More quantitative easing means more kicking the can down the road. It means preventing markets from adjusting, and it means perpetuating the misallocated capital, excessive risk-taking, … Continue reading

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