regulation Archive

  • What is trade made of?

    It is a familiar complaint from eurosceptics that the UK does not trade enough with the countries of east and south east Asia.  Membership of the EU has distorted the UK’s trading patterns, they say, focussing too much on Europe and not enough on the […]

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  • Regulation, regulation, regulation

    It is enduring mystery how otherwise intelligent people can claim to support the European single market but at the same time object to EU regulation.  The single market was created by suppressing national regulations and did so by creating superior European ones instead.  Isn’t that […]

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  • The power of the markets

    It is 20 years ago that the UK fell out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism, an important anniversary for both pro-Europeans and their opponents. The opponents of course claim that the failure of the ERM shows that fixed exchange rates between countries are a bad […]

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  • Regulated global markets: an impossible dream? (13 June 2012)

    13 June 2012 5.30 for 6.00 pm – 8.00pm, followed by a reception National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place London SW1A 2HE Throughout this year, the Federal Trust, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Global Policy Institute are jointly organising a series of panel discussions on […]

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  • When panic-buying makes sense

    The queues outside petrol stations last week tell us something important about the way politics is conducted in this country (or, for that matter, anywhere else).  The lesson is that panic-buying sometimes make sense, which means that the purpose of politics is to prevent the […]

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  • Contorted arguments against EU membership

    The benefits of British membership of the European Union are so profound and far-reaching that its opponents have to twist themselves into all kinds of knots in order to try and construct an argument against it.  People from either side of the left-right political spectrum […]

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  • Speed kills

    Your blogger was required to attend a speed awareness course last night, having been caught by a speed camera two months ago and wanting not to acquire any penalty points. I was expecting some kind of annoying lecture on how bad it is to speed […]

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  • If Libya, why Britain?

    If the first question to ask about the current UN action in North Africa is, why Libya, then the second question is why Britain.  If yesterday’s blog entry is correct and there might be a case for action (although note the caveats as well as […]

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  • John Lanchester: action on the banks has to be international

    This new Lehmans scandal sums up two of the biggest problems that we – the voting, taxpaying general public – still have with the banks, almost two years after they blew up and we bailed them out.  First, the operation of capital markets is international, […]

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  • The snow reveals as much as it covers

    Archaeologists sometimes find that a covering of snow on the landscape can reveal to aerial photography previously unknown features such as barrows and homesteads that in normal weather conditions would not be seen. In a similar way, the covering of snow that has fallen on […]

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