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Andrew Mell
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Is Contracting Out Tantamount to Privatisation?
“Owen Smith wanted to privatise the NHS”.   Expect to hear a lot more statements like
this over the coming months.   The basis
for this claim as far as I could tell from the interview on the Today programme
was that he had in the past supported the idea tha...

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Is Contracting Out Tantamount to Privatisation?
“Owen Smith wanted to privatise the NHS”.   Expect to hear a lot more statements like
this over the coming months.   The basis
for this claim as far as I could tell from the interview on the Today programme
was that he had in the past supported the idea tha...

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The Concerning Economics of Brexiteers
Here's a quick post about a story that caught my eye.  Apparently Nigel Farage has placed a £1,000 bet on Britain voting to leave the European Union.  Let's assume that Nigel Farage wants the UK to leave the EU, then this tells us something about the man an...

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A Brexit Thought Experiment...
Let me introduce Nigel.   Nigel is a very wealthy family man who lives in a very wealthy region of
the country.   He is in fact the 5th
wealthiest man in the country.   He's rather proud of this and mentions it quite a lot. One day, Nigel is looking through...

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Consider a question such as: Would politician A be a good
leader or not?   Now consider some
information that might arrive that might inform our answer to that question in
the form of the recommendation of an opinion former, maybe a newspaper makes a
decisi...

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Can Tax Avoidance Save Housing Associations From "Right to Buy"?
So the Conservatives are pressing ahead with their plans to
extend the right to buy to tenants of Housing Associations.   There is almost unanimous agreement among everyone
who knows anything about Housing policy or even just basic economics, that this
is a...

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Energy Prices - A Political Bidding War?
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has been trying to draw everyone's attention to their proposals to intervene in wholesale energy markets to bring down prices. This all seems eminently sensible.  The most basic economic analysis would say that i...

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To Control Letting Fees or To Control Letting Fees ... Really Isn't the Question
The coalition has frequently trumpeted their “help to buy”
policy where the government guarantees the mortgage of someone buying a new
home.   Some fairly basic economic
analysis will show you that all it really does is to push up prices and benefit
the peo...
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