Economic

Economic

Libertarian solutions to the housing crisis

According to government data published on the 27th February 2015, the number of households in the UK will increase by an average of over 215,000 per annum between 2017 and 2027. However, in 2014 only a mere 118,750 new homes were actually built. As the supply of new housing in […]

by × September 30, 2015 ×

Economic

The “national living wage” is  economically illiterate

The “national living wage” is
economically illiterate

George Osborne’s ‘Living Wage’ might be popular politically, but in practice it is proving to be as unreasonable as expected. With businesses being forced to pay workers aged over 25 a minimum of £7.20 an hour from April next year, and £9 by 2020, it is no surprise that statements […]

by × September 2, 2015 ×

Economic, Welfare

Britain’s pensions timebomb: Isn’t it about time we stopped squeezing the young to insult the elderly?

Britain’s pensions timebomb: Isn’t it about
time we stopped squeezing the young to
insult the elderly?

The state pension is the single biggest item on the welfare bill. The deal behind it is an attractive one – you pay tax all your working life, so at the end of your working life the state gives some of that money back to you. You contribute to your […]

by × August 5, 2015 ×

Economic, Northern Ireland

Stormont’s ridiculous transport policy got me fined

Stormont’s ridiculous transport policy
got me fined

A few days ago I returned home from a hard couple of days creating wealth over the water to find a typically large pile of post waiting for me. Sifting through the usual bank statements, bills and special offers my eyes focussed on a manila envelope with an Omagh post […]

by × August 1, 2015 ×

Economic

My spending cuts wish list

My spending cuts wish list

The received wisdom of our age tells us that Britain is suffering through an era of severe austerity, the truth is a mite more complex. The state is shrinking and spending has been cut from the previous astonishing highs, but last year the government still spent £90 billion more than […]

by × July 25, 2015 ×

Economic, News

Just build the damn runway!

Just build the damn runway!

Build the third runway at Heathrow airport… And a fourth. Build new runways at London, Gatwick and Stansted airports too. And then build a helipad directly on top of the homes and gardens of all the hand-wringing NIMBY’s who think that their decision to live by an airport gives them […]

by × July 10, 2015 ×

Constitution, Economic, News, Taxation, Welfare

What now? Priorities for a Conservative government

What now? Priorities for a Conservative
government

The Tories are back in government. And it’s time to get radical. For the first time in 18 years the Conservatives are back as the sole party of government. This is a golden opportunity to change Britain for the better. Already, attention is beginning to focus on what the new […]

by × May 11, 2015 ×

Economic, Home Affairs

Energy: here’s to more competition

Energy: here’s to more competition

On October 31st, one of the main topics on Question Time was the state of our energy market. The panel and audience were generally in agreement that the industry needs more competition, with everyone acknowledging that the so-called ‘big six’ have far too much influence on the supply and pricing […]

by × November 16, 2013 ×

Economic

We must protect our labour flexibility

We must protect our labour flexibility

By Tom Roberts In the rhetoric of ‘a recovery for the many versus a recovery for the few’, Labour thinks it has found a great new avenue of attack against the Coalition government, what with the return to economic growth and disappearance of the double-dip recession from statistical history having […]

by × September 25, 2013 ×