public sector Archives - Emile Woolf writes

High taxation will always stifle growth

We crave stability as much as we abhor uncertainty but, on every front, inbuilt contradictions render conventional solutions to economic problems unsustainable. They need to be jettisoned. You can’t kick the proverbial can further down the road when the road is a cul-de-sac. public sector superstructure that, despite all talk of cuts, is still bloated. […]

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Less government, less regulation, less tax: more freedom

When appointed foreign office minister in 1951, Selwyn Lloyd confessed to the Prime Minister that he had never visited a foreign country, spoke no foreign language and detested foreigners anyway. Churchill’s wry response: “just the qualifications we’re looking for!” Approaching a fraught assignment in a state of innocence is an advantage. Untainted by trappings of […]

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Axing the quangos and reforming the tax structure – both are needed

The proliferation of quangos under the previous administration contributed hugely to the deficit that has all but crippled public finances in the UK. Funded out of taxes, they were launched without reference to any democratic process, often in the wake of pointless Whitehall requirements or EU directives. The rash of self-important job creation that gripped […]

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Cutting public sector waste: there is no choice

During several matches leading to the almighty centre-court battle that climaxed this year’s Wimbledon I reflected on how the game has altered over the 50 years I have been watching it. I recall days of serve-and-volley, preceding Borg’s dogged baseline perseverance that exasperated more excitable opponents. I remember the exquisite yet deadly net play of […]

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