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In the case of sugar, the nanny state really does know best

In the case of sugar, the nanny state really does know best

Boris Johnson created a furore last week by announcing that he was considering getting rid of the so-called sugar tax. Was he right to question the levy, or does it serve a purpose? Introduced in April 2018, manufacturers now have to pay more tax if their drinks

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The left’s support for university students is fuelled by political self-interest

The left’s support for university students is fuelled by political self-interest

Why do left-wing politicians want to shower money on privileged members of society? In general, university students have a higher intellectual ability than non-students, and often come from more desirable socio-economic backgrounds. But leftists can’t do enough for them. For instance, Jeremy Corbyn in 2017 promised to

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Tragedy awaits if we don’t bridge the gap between beliefs and reality in the NHS

Tragedy awaits if we don’t bridge the gap between beliefs and reality in the NHS

A tragic story over the weekend revealed how a man who died of lung cancer was failed abysmally by the NHS. Two separate sets of doctors omitted to tell him for over a year that he had the disease. The added poignancy of the news item was

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If you’re panicking about a spike in oil prices, look to history for a silver lining

If you’re panicking about a spike in oil prices, look to history for a silver lining

The tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman have raised fears of a sharp increase in the price of oil. These are currently being offset by worries about a slowdown in the world economy and a drop in the demand for oil. But what if the conflict

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From taxes to cats, May’s government has been an affront to Tory ideology

From taxes to cats, May’s government has been an affront to Tory ideology

Theresa May has finally announced her resignation. How can we capture the flavour of her tenure in office? This can be found in the dry and measured content of the Economic and Fiscal Outlook from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). The OBR stated in its latest

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Puzzled over Australia’s shock election result? Economics can help explain

Puzzled over Australia’s shock election result? Economics can help explain

The surprise of the week was the re-election of the centre-right Coalition government in the Australian General Election. The Labor opposition had led every major opinion poll for the past two years. But Scott Morrison of the Coalition is still Prime Minister – and it is his

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You can’t take the economics out of football

You can’t take the economics out of football

The appearance of Liverpool and Spurs in the Champions League final and Arsenal and Chelsea in the Europa Cup one has generated massive interest. But the official ticket prices for the games are surprisingly reasonable. Liverpool and Spurs have been offered 16,613 tickets each. Five per cent

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It’s not cutting-edge AI we should fear, but mediocre automation

It’s not cutting-edge AI we should fear, but mediocre automation

If there were a betting market in future winners of the Nobel prize in economics, MIT’s Daniel Acemoglu would be at pretty short odds. His highly innovative work has already won him a string of prizes. So his research is always worth following – especially when he

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Extinction Rebellion hates capitalism, but they wouldn’t exist without it

Extinction Rebellion hates capitalism, but they wouldn't exist without it

The Extinction Rebellion protesters on the streets of London seemed to consist of two disparate interest groups: pensioners and the young. Their shared connection is that most of them – certainly in the former group – seemed to be affluent. An identical alliance was observed a few

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Want to tackle the scourge of fake reviews? The market can help with that

Want to tackle the scourge of fake reviews? The market can help with that

The internet has led to a massive increase in the amount of information available. Often, this is a good thing. For example, shopping around to find the cheapest price for something has become far easier. But it can have its downsides. A report last week from the

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