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.
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Ryan Bourne occupies the R Evan Scharf Chair in the Public Understanding of Economics at the Cato Institute.Follow @
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.
Ryan Bourne: The second urgent election issue on which the parties are silent. Where will they make most of their cuts?
It seems that during the campaign both parties will be specific on many small items but less specific on big cuts.
A more classic case of the state crowding out family and civil society through regulation and subsidy is difficult to find.
It is a costly fiscal transfer from the broad body of taxpayers to the rich and old.
As Milton Friedman once quipped, we could increase employment by making those working on government construction projects use spoons instead of shovels.
Our new columnist says that we’ve heard precious few solutions from our politicians yet.
Ryan Bourne: Osborne as Chancellor 1) He has failed to tame the deficit to date. But could he yet succeed?
The first piece in a three-part mini-series about the Chancellor’s record examines his handling of public spending.
Ryan Bourne and Kristian Niemietz: Tory Reform 4) Iain Duncan Smith – a tenacious reformer on a moral mission
The road is long, the task is great and there is still ‘unstarted business’ – but the Welfare Secretary won’t give up on his campaign to change lives.