Author Archives for Ryan Bourne Bourne

2019 Articles

Pay politicians £500,000 each per year and maybe we'd get better quality MPs
Pay politicians £500,000 each per year and maybe we'd get better quality MPs
Few people are as hawkish on government spending as me. However, there is one area where taxpayers should be willing to [...]
March 5, 2019
Want a more future-focused government? Climate action is just the start
Want a more future-focused government? Climate action is just the start
The reaction was predictable. Last week’s Climate Strike by schoolchildren was met with an inane debate about whether or not [...]
February 19, 2019
Let America’s radical socialists be a warning to British politics
Let America’s radical socialists be a warning to British politics
It is said that when America sneezes, the world catches a cold. Let us hope that the American left’s recent publication [...]
February 12, 2019
Every day, we vote with our clicks that we value Facebook
Every day, we vote with our clicks that we value Facebook
With front-page headlines including “Facebook paid kids and spied on them”, “Generation of web addicts”, “Wild West Web firms facing ban”, [...]
February 5, 2019
On climate change, good economics sadly does not make good politics
On climate change, good economics sadly does not make good politics
Economists, of all people, should understand the power of specialisation. They are taught early that prosperity is founded on the [...]
January 30, 2019
Eager for a house price fall? It’s time for a lesson in economics
Eager for a house price fall? It’s time for a lesson in economics
Would it be a good thing if house prices in the UK fell? The British public, a host of commentators [...]
January 15, 2019
A Brexit negotiated by Trump would have been a wild ride
A Brexit negotiated by Trump would have been a wild ride
How would Donald Trump have approached negotiating Brexit? A few months ago, several commentators mused over this exact question. The [...]
January 8, 2019