Institute of Economic Affairs
Institute for Economic Affairs report says it's a "myth" that the health service performed well
The pay gap is closing until women become mothers
Young women still face a severe “pay penalty” when they become mothers despite the gender pay gap falling drastically, new
In a week where we see Amnesty International attempt to push through policy supporting the discriminalisation of sex buying, pimping and brothel keeping, here comes a report from The Institute of Economic Affairs claiming that 'Decriminalising Britain's' £4billion sex industry would increase protection of women'. It is a claim that further entitles men to pay for the bodies of women, because, well ...they just can't help it. This couldn't be further from the truth.
Working-age benefits will now be frozen for two years, a measure which follows an earlier 1% uprating cap from 2012. This is a way of cutting 'by stealth', i.e. letting inflation do the job that Osborne and his colleagues should be doing.
With the fiscal situation still tight, and a year to go before an election in which the Chancellor will accuse the opposition of fiscal profligacy, it was never likely that this was going to be a particularly exciting budget - and so it proved.
To give the Chancellor credit, there is now no serious politician arguing that we don't need to reduce the deficit and find a way to run a balanced budget again in the long-term. Given we are spending almost as much this year on debt interest as we are on education, that is something to be thankful for.
On Monday, the British Medical Association consultant warned that the NHS needed to "face the unpalatable truth that free
But perhaps the most beneficial effect of a co-payment system would be in its impact on our attitudes as medical consumers. Whenever we pay for something ourselves, we are much less willing to put up with shoddy services. Co-payments would make us much less tolerant of the medical establishment's capriciousness.
With a budget deficit larger than that of Greece, a reduction in public spending is essential if the government wants to achieve sustainable and continuing economic growth. But the ring-fencing of areas of very high government spending has made it much harder for the Chancellor to come remotely close to balancing the books.