Thursday

What has Ed Miliband actually proposed in his speech today?

1. Tax on bankers’ bonuses to fund compulsory workfare for long term unemployed for whom 10 out of the 25 hours of work would be training. If the work is not accepted, the workless person would lose benefits. 2. Require … Continue reading

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Wednesday

‘Job center’ can just be a re-branding of what should be called a ‘benefits center’

The experience described by Stossel is likely to be all too common. I have been told by workers for a charity that, among things, tries to get jobs for the unemployed that the people who come to them often say … Continue reading

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Monday

The minimum wage discriminates against blacks.

In my research on minimum wages and the effects on rates of employment, I came across several powerful passages in Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell. This is one of them: “Before minimum wage laws were instituted in the 1930s, the … Continue reading

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Thursday

Milton Friedman on minimum wage laws

“There are always in these cases two groups of sponsors: there are the well-meaning sponsors and there are the special interests who are using the well-meaning sponsors as front men….The special interests [in this case) are, of course, the trade … Continue reading

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Thursday

Appearance in The Moral Maze on the welfare state

Here is the link to the BBC Radio 4 programme “The Moral Maze” which was broadcast live last night: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01k29ph#synopsis The format was that the panel of four discussed the issue for a short while and then they cross-examined four ‘witnesses’. … Continue reading

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Thursday

The vocational education disaster in Britain

Last night on the The Moral Maze, there was a lot of argument about unemployment. One reason why Britain has such difficulty getting the less qualified into jobs is because the education system has done so badly. And one part … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Mandatory Work Activity scheme – some changes needed?

Here is a careful and obviously knowledgeable critique of the British government’s Mandatory Work Activity scheme. It looks like the scheme needs some changes!

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Saturday

Sweatshops do not cause poverty

This video  will annoy and discomfort some people. The content will be disturbing enough to many who think they are kind, right-thinking people. The fact that it comes from an American will, for some people, count against it, too. To … Continue reading

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Wednesday

20% of children at a school ‘should be in care’

I went to a discussion on child poverty at the Policy Exchange on Monday. Frank Field, who has a long track record in this area, said there were three things he wanted to say: 1. Existing methods of assessting poverty … Continue reading

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Friday

Don’t diss wage flexibility, Ambrose

The EMU strategy of wage deflation across half Europe is simply not doable. It was tried in the early 1930s, with results of varying awfulness. So says the estimable Ambrose Evans Pritchard in the Daily Telegraph. Perhaps he is right … Continue reading

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