“Bad management” or “the wrong skills” or “incompetent people” are held up as the root cause of bad government.My central gripe is that I doubt this is true.
Posts by Ryan Bourne
Ryan Bourne occupies the R Evan Scharf Chair in the Public Understanding of Economics at the Cato Institute.Follow @
Ryan Bourne: Johnson’s policy prospectus is tainted by interventionism, statism, collectivism – and could be a lot worse.
We economic liberals should be cautiously thankful for the stay of execution that his leadership and manifesto have given us.
Who will their taxes really hit? How much will they truly raise? And can this really be described as a ‘moderate’ agenda?
It stretches credulity to just assume that rent-seeking or uncompetitive markets account for all British top wealth.
It really is remarkable. Every self-reported measure of wellbeing has improved near continuously in the past eight years.
At stake here is whether Britain ultimately repatriates meaningful economy policy, or remains only ever one small step away from EU re-entry.
Ryan Bourne: Greta Thunberg and Prince Harry are wrong. Our ingenuity is the earth’s ultimate resource.
The only sustainable route to reducing carbon emissions will come precisely from the sorts of innovation that drive the “fairytales” that she bemoans.
Bowman and Westlake’s policy ideas are perfectly compatible with this end, but pitching them as a city and town agenda risks creating a false impression.
Former Government advisers see an opportunity to steer the party towards a “bigger government” vision for the party they’ve always spoiled for.
Ryan Bourne: May has chosen to occupy the centre, rather than try to shift it. This bodes badly for Britain, Brexit – and the economy.
The basic principles of limited government, economic and civil liberties, freedom and equality under the law are almost entirely absent from her programme.
OECD analysis indicates that the cost of childcare as a percentage of income for a two-earner family is now the highest in the developed world.
Ryan Bourne: The post-Brexit vote economy. Our new Prime Minister must resist the temptation of Keynesianism and maintain fiscal sanity
The second in our series of pieces on economic policy after the referendum decision.
Ryan Bourne: When Clegg claimed over two in five families are vulnerable. And other thoughts on this election campaign
Plus: The OBR isn’t needed to audit manifestos. The SNP’s sleight-of-hand on austerity. A lack of debate on healthcare. And: don’t make promises you can’t keep.
Ryan Bourne: The NHS will have to become much more productive to survive. Not that you’d know it from this election campaign.
The inconvenient truth is this: the UK has significantly worse outcomes than many other advanced countries which deliver universal access to healthcare.
Rather, the problem they should seek to tackle is that of poverty – which can be done by a pro-market agenda.