Monthly Archives: April 2012

Cheerio, not goodbye

As some readers will already know, I am moving on from the Adam Smith Institute. Friday was my final day as Executive Director here, and in June I will be moving to the United States. I’m heading for Washington, DC, … Continue reading

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The return of the recession

So it’s official: Britain has double-dipped. Is anyone really surprised? Of course, today’s number are relatively insignificant in statistical terms, and there is every chance that the Office of National Statistics will revise them a few months down the line. … Continue reading

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The case for gold

City AM asked me to make the case for gold in 140-words, for yesterday’s comment pages. Here’s what I came up with: Gold isn’t a traditional investment good: it is an alternative to paper money. From that perspective, its allure … Continue reading

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Unprincipled politics

At a meeting of the Adam Smith Institute’s Next Generation group this week, Sunday Telegraph columnist Iain Martin talked about the various failings of the Conservative Party. His primary criticism is that the Conservatives under David Cameron abandoned their principles … Continue reading

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The need for multi-speed

There’s an interesting piece of research out this morning from BDO, an accountancy and business services consultancy. Its quarterly Industry Watch, which makes projections about rates of company failure, suggests that Britain’s “two-speed recovery is starker than ever”. There are … Continue reading

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