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  • Flawed EU regulations on e-cigarettes have set the market back

    21 août 2018, par Kate Andrews
    I ordered 200 millilitres of e-cigarette fluid from my online retailer this week. Not a large quantity – it is barely a third of a pint – and yet it came in twenty separate bottles, as it always does. Why? Because the EU has decided that 10 millilitres is quite large enough for a bottle … (...)
  • Virtue-signaling is not unique to the left

    20 août 2018, par Kate Andrews
    We have been reminded once again that classically liberal arguments don’t pass muster in our debates anymore. It is advisable to either agree wholeheartedly with delicate positions, or keep quiet. If you dare to express criticism, pray that the virtue-signalers take mercy on you. Certainly no (...)
  • Productivity is always a slippery concept – but there are clear trade-offs policymakers need to recognise

    16 août 2018, par Kate Andrews
    This week’s positive news from the Office of National Statistics about the continuing strength of the UK’s jobs market was once again qualified by the slow growth of earnings. What should we make of this? For one thing, we should always be wary of economy-wide economic averages, which reveal (...)
  • An “Amazon Tax” would be a tax on progress

    14 août 2018, par Madeline Grant
    Top-down attempts to “rebalance the economy” have failed so many times that politicians proposing further interventions should think twice before doing so. Unfortunately, they show no sign of stopping. Philip Hammond and Ruth Davidson have both lent their support to a new tax on business. Both (...)
  • Anti-competitive regulations and the harm they cause (Part 6)

    13 août 2018, par Madeline Grant
    “Name one EU regulation or law you would change?” This question is often posed to Brexiteers, usually by those who believe Eurosceptics lack detailed arguments or, worse still, didn’t know precisely what they were voting for. Though this may be true in some cases, EU-friendly commentators are (...)
  • Restricting ticket resale is economic illiteracy

    13 août 2018, par Madeline Grant
    Today, Ticketmaster announced that it will close its two secondary ticket resale sites, SeatWave and Get Me In. From October, they will be replaced by a system which allows fans who no longer want a purchased ticket to resell it via Ticketmaster – but for no more than the original cover price, (...)
  • A lack of affordable housing doesn’t defy the laws of supply and demand – it proves them

    10 août 2018, par Madeline Grant
    One of my colleagues used to have a theory about how Britain’s housing crisis would eventually become self-limiting. It went more or less like this: the problem at the moment is that the cost of NIMBYism (i.e. organised resistance to house-building) is not borne by the NIMBYs themselves. (...)
  • HS2 is a classic case of the “sunk costs” fallacy

    9 août 2018, par Madeline Grant
    It’s no secret that ambitious public infrastructure projects often end up running monumentally over budget. Recent transport history is littered with such examples, like the Jubilee Line Extension in the late 90s, which exceeded initial forecasts by over £1 billion. Or the Channel Tunnel, which (...)
  • The trouble with the EU’s digital tax

    8 août 2018, par Madeline Grant
    It’s time to establish a modern, fair and efficient taxation standard for the digital economy – or at least, that’s how the EU have titled their recent proposal for new taxes on digital-based companies. According to the EU, such changes are becoming increasingly necessary as digital companies (...)
  • “Build it in Britain” – when self-sufficiency becomes self-harm

    6 août 2018, par Madeline Grant
    Economic nationalism is firmly back on the policy agenda, if recent developments are anything to go by. In his ‘Build it in Britain’ speech a few weeks ago, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned outsourcing practices, trade deficits with foreign countries, and called for a number of government (...)

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