Overall, I still think that their re-use in the UK after the summer lull is evidence of the failure of the Government to think on the right margins.
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Ryan Bourne occupies the R Evan Scharf Chair in the Public Understanding of Economics at the Cato Institute.Follow @
I believe so – but nonetheless, the balance of risks, driven by economic and political trends, has definitely shifted.
Ryan Bourne: Why is Sunak so taken with tax hikes – when the tax burden is forecast to be its heaviest for 70 years?
Conservative messaging implies an implicit belief that there are no major state functions ripe for reform in any fiscal repair.
Ryan Bourne: The lifting of lockdown. Yes to prudence but no to pessimism. The projections of these gloomy scientists seem absurd.
If first dose efficacy proves strong, the Prime Minister will have to break with those who fail to think about the marginal costs and benefits of shutdowns.
Ryan Bourne: How many lives will we save by choosing our own vaccination programme, not the EU’s? Let’s start at nine thousand.
It’s safe to say the UK will have saved tens of thousands of additional lives relative to going at the EU-4’s pace over the coming months.
Ryan Bourne: A reassuringly conservative speech from Starmer’s Shadow Chancellor. The Tories will need to up their game.
This is not to say that all of Dodds’ analysis is coherent or correct, but the days of unhinged Corbynite attacks on capitalism are over.
Government sometimes treats the constraints fatalistically, rather than seeing them as a problem that prices, incentives, and regulations could affect.
Ryan Bourne: First, Covid-19 lockdowns. Next, climate change ones – rationed car use, no red meat. Coming soon to a country near you?
It might seem far-fetched that one could face jail for eating steak frites. But one could have said the same about not eating at least a scotch egg with your pint.
Ryan Bourne: Calm down, stay cool – and drop this talk of tax rises. It’s too early to know how everything will settle down.
It’s baffling why think-tanks are taking the OBR assessments as truth, given its prediction record.
Ryan Bourne: A British overspill from America’s result. Why the debate on the right over economics will now intensify.
Stateside narratives have a tendency to be imported into UK politics – one of the knock-on effects of this messy Presidential election outcome.
Ryan Bourne: If you want to feed hungry children, don’t target food poverty. Aim to reduce poverty as a whole.
Together with tax cuts and less regulation, higher or more extensive benefits look like better support for hungry children than vouchers.
Ryan Bourne: Johnson’s green jobs. Subsidy-reliant, expensive, price-raising. And a job loser elsewhere.
We should judge the desirability of a pro-wind energy policy by the social value added, not the numbers employed in the sector.
Ryan Bourne: It’s time to admit that Eat Out to Help Out was a mistake – because it boosted the resurgence of the virus
It was “the most commonly reported activity in the two to seven days prior to symptom onset” for infected individuals in the contact tracing system.
Ryan Bourne: A lesson from this pandemic. State action fails even when the case for it is strongest.
I was regaled with horror story after story on access to even existing testing. Confidence in the “moonshot” is non-existent.
Modest consolidation over decades is one thing; large increases over a Parliament would be quite another.