Economic

Economic

Britain needs a revolution:  We can’t afford politics-as-usual

Britain needs a revolution:
We can’t afford politics-as-usual

In my last article, I wrote that Britain needs a revolution in our relationship with government. The UK’s debt burden is unsustainable. Debt interest is forecast to eat up a bigger and bigger slice of public spending every year. At the same time an ageing population and mass immigration are […]

by × March 24, 2016 ×

Economic

Osborne’s Heseltine-esque  state crony corporatism

Osborne’s Heseltine-esque
state crony corporatism

Chancellor George Osborne’s enduring deference to Michael Heseltine’s 1970s model of state-crony corporatism will lead to poor policy, regionally and nationally. Understandably, most of this week’s post-Budget reaction focussed on two things – Osborne’s continuing failure to ameliorate Britain’s worsening structural fiscal position, and the introduction of the illiberal (and […]

by × March 19, 2016 ×

Economic, Liberty

Sundays should be open for business

As someone who believes in the free market and wants Britain to be open for business, I was delighted to hear the news that the Government will be allowing local councils to extend trading hours on Sundays, through introducing amendments to the Enterprise Bill, which will allow changes to be […]

by × February 14, 2016 ×

Economic, Liberty

The National Living Wage: Widening the Gap
Between the Richest and Poorest.

It is desirable for us all to live in a society where everybody can be financially comfortable but for a variety of reasons that doesn’t always work out, mainly because we cannot predict the economic activities of people, and how wisely or unwisely they will spend their money. All people […]

by × February 7, 2016 ×

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

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 ×