Tim Worstall

Tim Worstall works at the Adam Smith Institute and Continental Telegraph.

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Why the National Wealth Fund won't pay off

Tim Worstall - 10 Jul 2024

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The moral case for raising the personal allowance

Tim Worstall - 26 Jun 2024

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Labour want to close the gender pay gap – it doesn't exist

Tim Worstall - 20 Jun 2024

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A radical solution to the problem of 'Mickey Mouse degrees'

Tim Worstall - 20 Sep 2022

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What Keir Starmer gets wrong about manufacturing jobs

Tim Worstall - 17 Feb 2022

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Centrist populism is responsible for Europe's energy crisis

Tim Worstall - 22 Nov 2021

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A £15 minimum wage would be way too high

Tim Worstall - 28 Sep 2021

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The real reason energy companies are going bust? Not enough gambling in The City

Tim Worstall - 23 Sep 2021

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The EU's centralised microchip plan is a recipe for disaster

Tim Worstall - 17 Sep 2021

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Never knowingly underpaid? What the John Lewis wage row really tells us about capitalism

Tim Worstall - 6 Sep 2021

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'Inflating away the debt' sounds attractive, but there's a good reason it won't work

Tim Worstall - 1 Sep 2021

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Uefa's wage cap plan won't make football fairer, but it will make owners richer

Tim Worstall - 18 Aug 2021

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The Government should show some steel and remove tariffs

Tim Worstall - 28 Jun 2021

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Whose bright idea was banning halogen light bulbs?

Tim Worstall - 9 Jun 2021

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Why the post-war period was no Golden Age – and neoliberalism has not been a failure

Tim Worstall - 4 May 2021

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The Post Office scandal proves the rule of law is vital for a functioning economy

Tim Worstall - 26 Apr 2021

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Short selling is the market's way of preventing failures like Greensill

Tim Worstall - 7 Apr 2021

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Britain's sugar battle: helping consumers, or keeping producers sweet?

Tim Worstall - 15 Mar 2021

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How Rishi's (fiscal) drag act hurts the lowest earners

Tim Worstall - 3 Mar 2021

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George Monbiot calls for censorship – perhaps he should start with himself

Tim Worstall - 27 Jan 2021

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Bitcoin investors are saving up trouble

Tim Worstall - 19 Jan 2021

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Why an 'attack on local democracy' is no bad thing

Tim Worstall - 25 Aug 2020

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No, the government wouldn't develop better or cheaper drugs than the private sector

Tim Worstall - 12 Aug 2020

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Banning SUV adverts really would be the start of a slippery slope - that's the whole point

Tim Worstall - 4 Aug 2020

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A wealth tax is not the answer - so what is?

Tim Worstall - 27 Jul 2020

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When it comes to tech taxes, the US has Trumped Brussels

Tim Worstall - 20 Jul 2020

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Less growth, more tax: the UN rapporteur's strange recipe for poverty reduction

Tim Worstall - 14 Jul 2020

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The fundamental error of the 'new economics' brigade

Tim Worstall - 6 Jul 2020

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Faced with post-Covid uncertainty, the last thing we need is a grand plan

Tim Worstall - 29 Jun 2020

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Three cheers for the failed NHS coronavirus app

Tim Worstall - 24 Jun 2020

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The UK must stand firm and reject the EU's 'level playing field'

Tim Worstall - 1 Jun 2020

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The really radical solution to educational inequality is fewer universities

Tim Worstall - 27 May 2020

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Germany's ECB battle exposes the central problem with the Eurozone

Tim Worstall - 18 May 2020

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Why it's wrong to blame 'Anglo-American capitalism' for the ravages of coronavirus

Tim Worstall - 14 May 2020

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The problem with claiming that 'inequality kills'

Tim Worstall - 6 May 2020

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If things are so bleak, why are the stock markets rising?

Tim Worstall - 30 Apr 2020

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The problem with a 'windfall tax' to bail out newspapers

Tim Worstall - 20 Apr 2020

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The crisis exposes the hollow fantasies of Greta and Extinction Rebellion

Tim Worstall - 15 Apr 2020

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More cash for services is just one argument for selling off council artwork

Tim Worstall - 7 Apr 2020

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Loosening the lockdown is not about 'money vs lives'

Tim Worstall - 30 Mar 2020

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The real lesson of the Great Depression

Tim Worstall - 24 Mar 2020

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Airlines are on their knees, but aviation is only going in one direction

Tim Worstall - 16 Mar 2020

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Should cleaners really be paid £20 an hour?

Tim Worstall - 9 Mar 2020

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Employee-owned companies are a great thing - up to a point

Tim Worstall - 3 Mar 2020

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Help to Buy was a terrible policy: now we are seeing the consequences

Tim Worstall - 25 Feb 2020

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Older people reject socialism for a good reason - and it's not selfishness

Tim Worstall - 18 Feb 2020

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Camper vans and the madness of vehicle taxes

Tim Worstall - 10 Feb 2020

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Electric cars and the error of 'picking losers'

Tim Worstall - 5 Feb 2020

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Top taxpayers contribute so much more than just tax

Tim Worstall - 27 Jan 2020

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What's really behind Oxfam's big inequality report?

Tim Worstall - 20 Jan 2020

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Has Brexit really 'cost Britain £130bn'?

Tim Worstall - 13 Jan 2020

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We're asking the wrong questions about the HS2 billions

Tim Worstall - 6 Jan 2020

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The case for a Singapore-on-Thames Brexit

Tim Worstall - 19 Dec 2019

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Why Keynes would want us to 'get Brexit done'

Tim Worstall - 9 Dec 2019

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Vince Cable is right, Royal Mail was ripe for privatisation

Tim Worstall - 2 Dec 2019

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The problem with how we measure poverty

Tim Worstall - 26 Nov 2019

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Labour's middle class freebies are not 'progressive' at all

Tim Worstall - 18 Nov 2019

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Why command economies are absolutely bananas

Tim Worstall - 11 Nov 2019

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There's more to low pay than just the minimum wage

Tim Worstall - 4 Nov 2019

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Have we already found the solution to climate change?

Tim Worstall - 29 Oct 2019

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The answer to lobbying is laissez-faire

Tim Worstall - 21 Oct 2019

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Should we care that it takes 21 litres of water to make a small chocolate bar?

Tim Worstall - 7 Oct 2019

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Labour's 'universal basic services' plan runs into a simple problem

Tim Worstall - 3 Oct 2019

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'Market failure' is not to blame for sky-high US drug prices

Tim Worstall - 23 Sep 2019

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Why a financial transaction tax makes no sense

Tim Worstall - 17 Sep 2019

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The problem with US papers isn't Facebook - it's an economic model 100 years out of date

Tim Worstall - 13 Sep 2019

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If the answer is 'more union power', you're asking the wrong question

Tim Worstall - 6 Sep 2019

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John McDonnell's housing policy is little more than theft

Tim Worstall - 2 Sep 2019

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It's not Britain that should be paying a Brexit divorce bill

Tim Worstall - 27 Aug 2019

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Why raising wages can save businesses money

Tim Worstall - 21 Aug 2019

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Germany's nuclear disaster underlines the case for a carbon tax

Tim Worstall - 12 Aug 2019

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Why industrial agriculture is crucial to fighting climate change

Tim Worstall - 5 Aug 2019

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Why recycling is not always the way to use fewer resources

Tim Worstall - 29 Jul 2019

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What's really behind John McDonnell's 'insourcing revolution'?

Tim Worstall - 22 Jul 2019

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McDonnell's startling sterling claims

Tim Worstall - 15 Jul 2019

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Why less council housing can help tackle unemployment

Tim Worstall - 8 Jul 2019

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Is there really a 'problem' with robots taking our jobs?

Tim Worstall - 1 Jul 2019

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Corbyn is right. Some things matter more than social mobility

Tim Worstall - 14 Jun 2019

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Adam Smith and the trouble with peer-to-peer lending

Tim Worstall - 3 Jun 2019

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How better price mechanisms could save lives on Everest

Tim Worstall - 30 May 2019

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Food banks are a solution – not a problem

Tim Worstall - 20 May 2019

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The fall of Philip Green and the power of disruption

Tim Worstall - 13 May 2019

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Uber's IPO demonstrates the genius of capitalism

Tim Worstall - 8 May 2019

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Emissions targets are the wrong way to solve climate change

Tim Worstall - 1 May 2019

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The problem in finance is not social mobility, it's economic geography

Tim Worstall - 23 Apr 2019

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Plans to crack down on 'no-fault' evictions are a recipe for disaster

Tim Worstall - 15 Apr 2019

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What a natural experiment can teach us about tax

Tim Worstall - 9 Apr 2019

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From Facebook to Skype, GDP is not keeping up with technology

Tim Worstall - 1 Apr 2019

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Antibiotics and the limits of the free market

Tim Worstall - 26 Mar 2019

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What's the point of a social media tax?

Tim Worstall - 18 Mar 2019

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Why we're getting inflation wrong: The paradox of the Amazon Echo

Tim Worstall - 11 Mar 2019

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In defence of outsourcing

Tim Worstall - 6 Mar 2019

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Why share buybacks are nothing to fear

Tim Worstall - 25 Feb 2019

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Banning short selling stops the market from doing its job

Tim Worstall - 19 Feb 2019

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It's no surprise that unequal societies are less concerned about inequality

Tim Worstall - 12 Feb 2019

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Britain should scrap tariffs to help the world's poor after Brexit

Tim Worstall - 4 Feb 2019

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Orkney, GDP and the trouble with quantifying the good life

Tim Worstall - 28 Jan 2019

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Oxfam's inequality claims aren't just misleading. They're untrue

Tim Worstall - 21 Jan 2019

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Subsidising childcare might boost GDP, but it doesn't increase welfare

Tim Worstall - 15 Jan 2019

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The real problem in Venezuela isn't socialism

Tim Worstall - 7 Jan 2019

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Plastic bags and the problem with central planning

Tim Worstall - 2 Jan 2019

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Over budget and out of date: The overwhelming case against HS2

Tim Worstall - 17 Dec 2018

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Why does the TUC want to create a million new manufacturing jobs?

Tim Worstall - 14 Dec 2018

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How to respond to the next recession

Tim Worstall - 10 Dec 2018

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A ban on paying organ donors puts squeamishness ahead of what works

Tim Worstall - 3 Dec 2018

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Three things Labour gets wrong about executive pay

Tim Worstall - 28 Nov 2018

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Ireland's overheating economy exposes the euro's major flaw

Tim Worstall - 19 Nov 2018

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Central planners won't solve climate change

Tim Worstall - 13 Nov 2018

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Is repairing and recycling really worth it?

Tim Worstall - 5 Nov 2018

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If Owen Jones wants us to be more like Sweden, here's where he should start

Tim Worstall - 2 Nov 2018

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Economists know that not all discrimination is bad

Tim Worstall - 31 Oct 2018

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Fighting poverty is less complicated than Oxfam thinks

Tim Worstall - 22 Oct 2018

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Why the gender pay gap is only part of the story

Tim Worstall - 18 Oct 2018

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Privatisation is driven by the evidence – not ideology

Tim Worstall - 15 Oct 2018

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Green Party policies would give us less leisure time – not more

Tim Worstall - 8 Oct 2018

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Don't worry, Sir David. Neoliberalism is saving the planet

Tim Worstall - 4 Oct 2018

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Britain's dwindling food bills show the power of trade and markets

Tim Worstall - 2 Oct 2018

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Has unemployment been replaced by underemployment?

Tim Worstall - 24 Sep 2018

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Tesco's new discounter shows the rewards of the free market system

Tim Worstall - 20 Sep 2018

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We are still no nearer a proper definition of poverty

Tim Worstall - 18 Sep 2018

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Friedman was right - shareholders matter more than stakeholders

Tim Worstall - 10 Sep 2018

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What Tucker Carlson and Bernie Sanders get wrong about welfare

Tim Worstall - 3 Sep 2018

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Venezuela's tragedy shows the folly of messing with markets

Tim Worstall - 31 Aug 2018

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The Amazon Effect exposes a fatal flaw in macroeconomics

Tim Worstall - 29 Aug 2018

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The UN's idea of UK poverty is all wrong

Tim Worstall - 24 Aug 2018

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Why is the taxpayer funding so many trade union activists?

Tim Worstall - 20 Aug 2018

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The case against a Great Big British Canal

Tim Worstall - 13 Aug 2018

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Jim Ratcliffe's move to Monaco and the limits of taxation

Tim Worstall - 9 Aug 2018

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Planning an AI future is a fool's errand

Tim Worstall - 6 Aug 2018

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An illiquid housing market is holding Britain back

Tim Worstall - 31 Jul 2018

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The surprising link between cocaine prices and economic growth

Tim Worstall - 27 Jul 2018

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Keynesian economics falls at the first political hurdle

Tim Worstall - 23 Jul 2018

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Automation isn't nearly as disruptive as you might think

Tim Worstall - 17 Jul 2018

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The first job of economics is ruling out bad ideas

Tim Worstall - 13 Jul 2018

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Three-year tenancies will be a disaster for the UK rental market

Tim Worstall - 3 Jul 2018

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Equitable but not very good at keeping us alive, that’s our NHS

Tim Worstall - 26 Jun 2018

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There's nothing wrong with socialism – as long as it's voluntary

Tim Worstall - 19 Jun 2018

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There's more to status anxiety than economic inequality

Tim Worstall - 13 Jun 2018

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Economic development is a prerequisite for gender equality

Tim Worstall - 4 Jun 2018

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A cancer-detecting robot shows the way forward for the NHS

Tim Worstall - 30 May 2018

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Global Justice Now are wildly wrong about technology, trade and poverty

Tim Worstall - 21 May 2018

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The Rich List is evidence that capitalism isn't broken

Tim Worstall - 14 May 2018

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Food will be cheaper after Brexit - if we ignore special interests

Tim Worstall - 10 May 2018

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Democracy works - even when the voters get it wrong

Tim Worstall - 8 May 2018

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Why GDP is a hopeless measure of our digital economy

Tim Worstall - 4 May 2018

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How foreign competition helps domestic firms

Tim Worstall - 30 Apr 2018

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Failing schools do not mean a failing education system

Tim Worstall - 27 Apr 2018

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Confiscating rogue landlords' property: illiberal and futile

Tim Worstall - 19 Apr 2018

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The holes in the logic of public health campaigns

Tim Worstall - 16 Apr 2018

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Medical innovation will cut healthcare costs, not increase them

Tim Worstall - 12 Apr 2018

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You shouldn't need a licence to show someone round a house

Tim Worstall - 9 Apr 2018

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Sin taxes don't do what their advocates claim

Tim Worstall - 5 Apr 2018

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A cashless society would be a less free society

Tim Worstall - 3 Apr 2018

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The case against breaking up Google

Tim Worstall - 26 Mar 2018

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The problem with 'public ownership' of Facebook

Tim Worstall - 21 Mar 2018

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If you drink in the pub, you shouldn't need to buy it

Tim Worstall - 19 Mar 2018

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Let them eat hake

Tim Worstall - 16 Mar 2018

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Our inflation measure understates economic progress

Tim Worstall - 14 Mar 2018

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Capitalism has shown itself to be the most feminist system

Tim Worstall - 8 Mar 2018

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The Beast from the East was an economic storm in a teacup

Tim Worstall - 5 Mar 2018

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Why it's good news when a retail chain goes bust

Tim Worstall - 1 Mar 2018

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We can never know enough to micromanage the economy

Tim Worstall - 26 Feb 2018

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George Monbiot, conservative

Tim Worstall - 21 Feb 2018

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Our sluggish planning system is to blame for high house prices

Tim Worstall - 19 Feb 2018

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The key to Finland's success

Tim Worstall - 14 Feb 2018

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In praise of ‘some rich guy’ building a rocket

Tim Worstall - 9 Feb 2018

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There's a lot less tax dodging than campaigners imagine

Tim Worstall - 6 Feb 2018

Can Amazon fix American healthcare?

Tim Worstall - 1 Feb 2018

Spotify is a reminder of how the market makes us all richer

Tim Worstall - 29 Jan 2018

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Britain should scrap farming subsidies after Brexit

Tim Worstall - 23 Jan 2018

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Emissions claims about microwave ovens are a lot of hot air

Tim Worstall - 18 Jan 2018

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Carillion's losses were the taxpayer's gains

Tim Worstall - 15 Jan 2018

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Dishonest bankrupts are corrupting capitalism

Tim Worstall - 8 Jan 2018

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Why the fuss about fat cat pay?

Tim Worstall - 4 Jan 2018

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The last thing we need is an economic reformation

Tim Worstall - 2 Jan 2018

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Why Ryanair really is a parable for our times

Tim Worstall - 30 Dec 2017

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Why the tech giants are nothing to fear

Tim Worstall - 18 Dec 2017

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Why inequality can make us all richer

Tim Worstall - 12 Dec 2017

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It's absurd to suggest we'll starve after Brexit

Tim Worstall - 5 Dec 2017

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Property rights would stop the favelas from burning

Tim Worstall - 27 Nov 2017

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There's no such thing as poverty in Hong Kong

Tim Worstall - 23 Nov 2017

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Government is a game of lethal trade-offs

Tim Worstall - 13 Nov 2017

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Mining the truth about minerals

Tim Worstall - 6 Nov 2017

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Are you sure you want to criminalise failure, Gordon?

Tim Worstall - 31 Oct 2017

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Patents are the least bad solution to the public good problem

Tim Worstall - 24 Oct 2017

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The magic money tree won't save the NHS

Tim Worstall - 17 Oct 2017

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The folly of bidding for Amazon's business

Tim Worstall - 9 Oct 2017

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Why Facebook isn't a tax dodger

Tim Worstall - 6 Oct 2017

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Which came first, fairness or the market?

Tim Worstall - 3 Oct 2017

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Rent controls just don't work. Here's why

Tim Worstall - 28 Sep 2017

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Are Britain's elites racist - or just old?

Tim Worstall - 26 Sep 2017

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Why Ryanair really is a parable for our times

Tim Worstall - 22 Sep 2017

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The truth about the Left and inequality

Tim Worstall - 18 Sep 2017

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No Mr Monbiot, capitalism isn't destroying the planet

Tim Worstall - 14 Sep 2017

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Are Britons really the sick men and women of Europe?

Tim Worstall - 11 Sep 2017

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The Brexit 'divorce bill' is nothing of the sort

Tim Worstall - 6 Sep 2017

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There's no such thing as a free market

Tim Worstall - 29 Aug 2017

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British supermarkets and the genius of capitalism

Tim Worstall - 23 Aug 2017

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Why should the taxpayer subsidise rail fares?

Tim Worstall - 21 Aug 2017

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Why food banks are a conservative triumph

Tim Worstall - 18 Aug 2017

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Markets make mistakes, that's their point

Tim Worstall - 14 Aug 2017

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Why can't we leave the tech titans alone?

Tim Worstall - 11 Aug 2017

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The myth of American poverty

Tim Worstall - 7 Aug 2017

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Brexit, Euratom and the problem with stifling bureaucracy

Tim Worstall - 2 Aug 2017

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Let the market drive innovation, Mr Gove

Tim Worstall - 26 Jul 2017

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We have nothing to fear from American chickens

Tim Worstall - 24 Jul 2017

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We might not always have the right to be forgotten

Tim Worstall - 21 Jul 2017

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Quantitative easing has outstayed its welcome

Tim Worstall - 18 Jul 2017

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It'd be madness for the Government to hand out tampons

Tim Worstall - 13 Jul 2017

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Why we shouldn't jump to conclusions about homelessness

Tim Worstall - 10 Jul 2017

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Britain cannot afford to give the poor a pay rise

Tim Worstall - 6 Jul 2017

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The inconvenient truth about public sector pay

Tim Worstall - 4 Jul 2017

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Is social mobility beyond the government's control?

Tim Worstall - 28 Jun 2017

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Glastonbury proves the power of capitalism

Tim Worstall - 25 Jun 2017

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Social democracy didn't power post-war growth

Tim Worstall - 23 Jun 2017

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Even Marx understood the importance of factories

Tim Worstall - 19 Jun 2017

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Want to raise workers' wages? Then buy what they make

Tim Worstall - 14 Jun 2017

Why we Ukippers should be ashamed of ourselves

Tim Worstall - 9 Jun 2017

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You haven't been told the full story on police numbers

Tim Worstall - 8 Jun 2017

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Our politicians are wrong about internet censorship

Tim Worstall - 6 Jun 2017

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Don't worry about Paris - let the market save the planet

Tim Worstall - 2 Jun 2017

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Land Value Tax is a great idea - but it'll never happen

Tim Worstall - 30 May 2017

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The truth about inequality in Britain

Tim Worstall - 25 May 2017

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Government can't afford to renationalise

Tim Worstall - 22 May 2017

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Why won't the EU let us make the most of Brexit?

Tim Worstall - 18 May 2017

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Only the market can save our public services

Tim Worstall - 15 May 2017

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Why government could never invent the iPhone

Tim Worstall - 12 May 2017

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What Warren Buffett gets wrong about capitalism

Tim Worstall - 9 May 2017

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Stealing London's bankers will be harder than Paris thinks

Tim Worstall - 5 May 2017

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Greece can never pay its debts. So why not admit it?

Tim Worstall - 2 May 2017

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David Cameron's wasteful cancer calculation

Tim Worstall - 28 Apr 2017

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The trouble with GDP

Tim Worstall - 25 Apr 2017

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Project Fear shows you can't rid politics of fakery

Tim Worstall - 18 Apr 2017

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The dangerous delusions of folk economics

Tim Worstall - 13 Apr 2017

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Our treatment of asylum seekers isn't a scandal - it's sensible

Tim Worstall - 10 Apr 2017

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Does executive pay really need fixing?

Tim Worstall - 5 Apr 2017

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Everyone is a winner in the race to replace the City

Tim Worstall - 3 Apr 2017

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Let them drink coffee - from disposable cups

Tim Worstall - 30 Mar 2017

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Why we shouldn't try to close the gender pay gap

Tim Worstall - 28 Mar 2017

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Brussels has spoiled our appetite for fish and chips

Tim Worstall - 17 Mar 2017

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Public sector pay is falling - but it's still too high

Tim Worstall - 15 Mar 2017

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What's wrong with giving the sandwichmakers a raise?

Tim Worstall - 9 Mar 2017

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In defence of GDP

Tim Worstall - 7 Mar 2017

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It's never worth playing the Olympic game

Tim Worstall - 27 Feb 2017

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More government spending will do nothing to help the North

Tim Worstall - 21 Feb 2017

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Why the Government is right to tax the high street

Tim Worstall - 15 Feb 2017

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The Co-Op didn't just need capital - it needed capitalists

Tim Worstall - 13 Feb 2017

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Why Trump's right about one of his executive orders

Tim Worstall - 9 Feb 2017

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The market, not government, must dictate housing policy

Tim Worstall - 7 Feb 2017

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Local food is a recipe for starvation

Tim Worstall - 3 Feb 2017

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The filthy rich aren't all filthy tax dodgers

Tim Worstall - 27 Jan 2017

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The best industrial strategy for Britain is not to have one

Tim Worstall - 23 Jan 2017

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Don't 'rewrite the rules of economics', Liam Byrne - learn them

Tim Worstall - 20 Jan 2017

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Why Oxfam is getting it wrong about poverty

Tim Worstall - 16 Jan 2017

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A tidal wave of nonsense about power generation

Tim Worstall - 12 Jan 2017

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Why Volkswagen had to be punished

Tim Worstall - 11 Jan 2017

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Here's the real truth about inequality

Tim Worstall - 6 Jan 2017

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Yes, there's a problem with rail fares. They're too low

Tim Worstall - 3 Jan 2017

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Rejoice! Robots are coming for our jobs

Tim Worstall - 21 Dec 2016

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The Guardian is wrong about the economy, the environment and the human race

Tim Worstall - 20 Dec 2016

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The housing crisis that government built

Tim Worstall - 15 Dec 2016

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Our lost decade is nothing to worry about

Tim Worstall - 7 Dec 2016

Why agency work is better than no work

Tim Worstall - 5 Dec 2016

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The Remainers still don't understand how free trade works

Tim Worstall - 28 Nov 2016

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There were two good ideas in the Autumn Statement

Tim Worstall - 23 Nov 2016

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Are we just too efficient when it comes to infrastructure?

Tim Worstall - 17 Nov 2016

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Why we should trust Hayek more than Monbiot

Tim Worstall - 14 Nov 2016

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A new trade treaty for a new world order

Tim Worstall - 10 Nov 2016

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When it comes to the living wage, the sums just don't add up

Tim Worstall - 3 Nov 2016

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Ignore the doomsayers - automation gives us more free time, not less

Tim Worstall - 27 Oct 2016

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Britain's flood defences are biased against the poor - and rightly so

Tim Worstall - 24 Oct 2016

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Britain's productivity has fallen. That's a good thing

Tim Worstall - 21 Oct 2016

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Clegg's Brexit beef doesn't make sense

Tim Worstall - 17 Oct 2016

Britain's skilled part time workers are not going to waste

Tim Worstall - 12 Jan 2016

New payments regulations stifle competition

Tim Worstall - 19 Nov 2015

Don't panic, "rare earth metals" aren't as rare as you think

Tim Worstall - 3 Nov 2015

Brexit will boost British farming, not destroy it

Tim Worstall - 2 Nov 2015