Tag Archive for Cost of living crisis

The Common Agricultural Policy – a costly protectionist racket

‘The Common Agricultural Policy forces consumers to pay ‘two or three times more for food than we would pay without the policy’ – Dalia Grybauskaite, EU budget commissioner  “The way to build lasting economic growth [in Africa] is for Europe to end the CAP“ -Sir Digby Jones, former Chairman, CBI. The Common Agricultural Policy is…

Huzzah for the voluntary sector!

Hurrah, civil society is not dead! It warms one’s heart to know that there is still a great deal of compassion and get up and go amongst the British public. Just over six years ago an economic catastrophe of the kind not seen since the 1930’s sent us spiralling into a major recession. We are…

Full Video: The Causes of the Cost of Living Crisis

The cause of the cost of living crisis in Britain is Government. That is the overwhelming message of our October 23rd panel event. The panel discussed the origins of the meme, the origins of the crisis. We agreed that a decent standard of living is to be earned, not taken from others. On food pricing,…

Inequality and Labour Markets with Ben Etheridge

It has been said that Ed Miliband has grasped the nettle of inequality by reframing the debate around the cost of living crisis meme. For some, this represents a final hope of justice – social justice, that is. Before considering the merits of the case I asked Ben Etheridge what had actually happened with respect…

Vice and Taxation with Christopher Snowdon

It stands to reason that if the purpose of a tax is to help someone – by reengineering their choices, as it is in this case – then the tax should have an effect that is essentially benign. After all what would be the purpose of driving a family to the point of starvation in…

Duncan Stott on Housing and planning

I put it to Duncan that the incredible cost of housing is down to the planning system and we’re unlikely to get any disagreement on that. Duncan agrees and uses a fantastic analogy with the car market to demonstrate just how overplanned and overcontrolled the system is and how this leads to shortages and spiralling…

Chris Mounsey on Energy costs and climate policy

Chris Mounsey joined us for this section to talk about Energy prices. Chris’ superficially contentious central point – which none of the panelists actually disputed – was that the reason energy prices are high is becuase it is Government policy to increase them. That in order to protect the climate government policy has been to…

Lee Rotherham on the Common Agricultural Policy, Food, and Trade

Lee Rotherham says that the Common Agricultural Policy is a major disaster. And he blames the French, their working population was dropping relative to other countries and they desired a subsidy to maintain the French countyside. The costing he did demonstrated that the policy costs each family £398 anually (3.1% of a living wage) and…

What the panel thought of the Cost of Living Crisis

It’s been a difficult matter deciding how to handle nearly two hours of footage from the Causes of the Cost of Living Crisis debate. I have decided I will publish this in segments, so that there is a better chance of getting it done and more stuff being done sooner. In this segment I ask…

Tackling the cost of living – is UKIP getting it right?

This is about the Institute of Economic Affairs event at the Ukip conference, the speakers were: Tim Aker MEP, Head of UKIP’s Policy Unit Mark Littlewood, Director General, IEA (Chair) Tim Montgomerie, Columnist, The Times Patrick O’Flynn MEP, UKIP Economic Spokesman Christopher Snowdon, Director of Lifestyle Economics, IEA Steven Woolfe MEP, UKIP Financial Affairs Spokesman With the…