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Tom Bailey

Business and finance journalist

Tom Bailey is a London-based journalist. He writes regularly for the online current-affairs magazine spiked, alongside a range of other publications.

How British Politics Abandoned Faith In Energy Switching

If the policies of the two main political parties are anything to go by, the idea of a competitive energy market where consumers readily switch their supplier has been abandoned by the mainstream of British politics.
06/06/2017 12:07 BST

Labour's Energy Policy Will Cap Prices For Some, Raise Prices For Others

A week after it was leaked, the Labour Party has officially released its manifesto for the upcoming General Election - and it's got a lot to say on energy. According to Labour, "people don't have the time to shop around" for energy. Apparently, Jeremy Corbyn thinks it's hard to fit in time to shop around for energy. Perhaps it's hard when you've got pro-Palestine marches to attend - for most people though, it should be a pretty easy and straightforward process. But the Labour Party, being what it is, thinks the better option is having the state step in and force prices down.
17/05/2017 16:06 BST

Democracy: The Most Educational Form Of Government

Even if democracy did not encourage a more educated citizenry, it would still be the only morally defensible way to decide the laws that govern society, and would still be the best guarantor of liberty and rights. Lasch's argument, however, is worth remembering the next time someone wheels out ancient platitudes about people being too stupid for democracy to work.
12/01/2017 11:28 GMT

Brexit: About Democracy, Not Money

Of course economic considerations influence political decision-making, but some are too fundamental to draw up a cost benefit analysis. At the heart of the issue is whether or not Britain should remain part of an expanding and undemocratic super-state. Democracy should not be sacrificed upon a cross of gold.
26/05/2016 15:47 BST

Soda Taxes Will Make Us Less Free, Not Less Fat

At the forthcoming UK Liberal Democrat conference, a tax on soda drinks will be proposed. Predictably the reason given was that they wish to promote a "healthier and more sustainable diet" through taxation
20/09/2012 00:03 BST