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The Case for a UK Sovereign Wealth Fund

Read Aditya Chakrabortty’s piece on the fate of North Sea oil revenues and weep. He compares and contrasts British and Norwegian approaches to this spectacular windfall. Norway used the money to create a Sovereign Wealth Fund while Britain used the money to finance ‘tax cuts’. Except they weren’t really tax cuts at all. On the…

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Left, Right and the Proper Role of the Modern State

There is a perennially unproductive political debate in the UK about the role of the state in owning and controlling infrastructure and the means of production. In general terms the political right espouses a minimisation of the role of the state, while the left has a bias towards maximising the role of the state. The…

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Four Things UK Politicians Should Have Told Us But Didn’t

First Thing: The UK economy is addicted to immigration. ‘Addicted’, because we can’t do without it. The UK economy has been predicated on immigration as a remedy for economic ills for two hundred years. At first cheap labour was imported from Ireland to build railways, ships, and to work in new factories. The ‘economic ills’…

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