Bad News For Economic Fat Controllers – Economic Autocracy Kills Growth

Ha Joon Chang is not the only one out there. The Senior Lecturer is known to succumb to the delusion, Will Hutton's entire oeuvre is based upon the idea. If only everyone just did what they were damn well...

Where Are The Workers For A Labour Intensive Green New Deal?

Coin Hines never has understood the most basic economic points. This failure to grasp here is a real doozy though. He's banging on about insulating all the buildings in the country again. As if we've not tried various forms...

Because Sadiq Khan Is An Economic Illiterate

Sadiq Khan's new housing proposal for London includes this passage: Why rent control? Because Sadiq Khan is, as my colleagues at the Adam Smith Institute have already pointed out, an "economic illiterate". For the reasons set out earlier in this paper, the...

The Guardian Finds That Civilisation Emits Carbon Dioxide

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone at all. But it does seem to take the Guardian and such fellow travellers by surprise, every time: Taking a long-haul flight generates more carbon emissions than the average person in dozens...

Why Is Bribery Of Foreigners In Foreign Even A British Crime?

We used to have this part of the law the right way around. Bribery, in Britain, of Britons, was something seriously illegal. It was also something rare - not just for the illegality but for cultural reasons. That's just...

All A Bit Fascist, Isn’t It? GoodThink And Immigration

We can all see what the underlying idea here is but it does sound remarkably fascist, authoritarian, doesn't it? Only companies which display GoodThink will be allowed to sponsor people to be come immigrants. Roughly, that's what Javid is...

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This Is Insane – Dollar Stores Harm Consumers? Jeebus Wept

The latest insanity from the American concerned left. That dollar stores - for Brits, think like Poundland perhaps, which is a fair old copy of the concept - diminish choice for consumers and thereby harm them. The argument is somewhat...

A Question About Berkeley’s Gender Neutral Language Ordnance

Well, OK, and why not? This is the city council defining the words that the city council will use. Shrug. Keeps them away from doing the more damaging things they more normally get up to of course: BERKELEY, Calif....

Sadiq Khan Wants The Power To Bomb London

Sadiq Khan is indeed different from certain of his coreligionists, he doesn't want to subject London to actual and real bang-bang bombing. He just wants to have as close as possible the same effect upon the housing of The...

American Inflation Since 1998 – Computers And TVs Decline by 98%

A fascinating little chart of inflation rates for goods and services over the past couple of decades. As a little test, which things does the government control, price, create a cartel in or allow a cartel in? And which are...

The Usual Propaganda – Thousands Die As Government Misses Salt Reduction Targets

A well rehearsed press release hits the newspapers today. Because the Coalition allowed industry to be voluntary in its salt reduction targets therefore thousands have died. We should instead have the thwack of firm government as bureaucrats get to...

The Guardian’s Right – New Zealand Has Had Leading Government

The Guardian wants to tell us all how Jacinda Ardern is just great, gosh, absolutely fab. In doing so they tell us that New Zealand has always had a rather leading edge to its government. Which is, of course,...