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Budget 2012: It’s the way you communicate it

This week’s Budget announced by the UK Government included proposals for an annual personal tax statement. Each year, taxpayers will receive details of the tax they have paid and how their tax contributes to public spending. It’s all under the … Continue reading

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Benevolent dictators versus leaders with personality

Do benevolent dictators exist? And do democratically elected leaders always deliver better outcomes for their peoples? Authoritarian North Korea has unequivocally not delivered economic benefits for its citizens in the way that more democratic neighbours have. But recently, China’s mix of authoritarianism with a … Continue reading

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Executive pay: we need to think beyond £s

The main political parties have achieved near-consensus that something needs to be done about executive pay. There is an argument that Government has no role in this area, and that private firms, with all their incentives to seek greater profits are … Continue reading

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Occupy London should demand greater competition

The Occupy London protests are still going strong with the protesters having seized an empty building belonging to UBS to create an “Ideas Bank”. Nice idea. The Occupy protests do have an important message, so it is unfortunate that so far, its … Continue reading

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You give nudges a bad name

Last week, I read the following newspaper headline: “MPs deride Lansley’s ‘nudging’ deal with food and drink firms“. The story was based on a report by a committee of UK MPs on the effectiveness of UK Government health policy, and in … Continue reading

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You’d better smile

Smiling, shoulders straight, being confident: all advice your mother would give you. But how much of a difference can a big wide smile really make? Apparently quite a lot, according to a paper by researchers in Australia who looked at … Continue reading

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Is democracy a luxury?

There is a good quote from Yes Prime Minister, the 1980s sitcom parodying British politics, when Prime Minister Jim Hacker is discussing foreign policy with senior civil servant, Sir Humphrey Appleby. Jim (Prime Minister): Humphrey, are you saying that Britain … Continue reading

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The baffling career of Berlusconi

“Who trusts Berlusconi?” is the title of a recent paper from the Economics and Econometrics Research Institution in Brussels. The ability of Berlusconi to clutch on to power is continually baffling. It’s like Italy has been stuck for over a decade in a … Continue reading

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The dog ate my policy proposals

Silvio Berlusconi was a bass player and cruise ship crooner. Tony Blair played guitar in a band called Ugly Rumours. Bill Clinton played the saxophone. Notice a link? Apparently, there is a “dark side to creativity”, according to a new … Continue reading

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Caring currencies

Social care for the elderly costs the UK Government £16billion each year, according to a recent report. There is an unmet need for social care, which is forecast to increase over the next 15 years. What to do about it? … Continue reading

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