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JP Floru is a Westminster Councillor, Senior Research Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute and writer of Heavens on Earth – How to Create Mass Prosperity In the U.S, shale gas now accounts now for 30% of all gas extraction. Gas prices have reduced dramatically. By 2025 it may acquire energy independence – the current […]
JP Floru is a Westminster Councillor, Senior Research Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute and writer of Heavens on Earth: How to Create Mass Prosperity. Follow JP on Twitter. The service customers obtain from state-run post offices is often abysmal – a relic of how state services were run in the 1970s. Privatising the state post offices is […]
JP Floru is an author, City of Westminster Councillor, and Senior Research Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute Inflation, the silent killer of responsible savers, has done far more damage in Britain than the bail-out raid in Cyprus. Yet there are no runs on the banks and no demonstrations in the streets. Quite a few […]
Westminster City Councillor J P Floru is a free marketeer and political commentator. He is also Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute. Follow him on Twitter. MPs are misguided to believe that the hundreds of letters against gay marriage they received are respresentative of the general feeling in the population. Rather than preserving […]
By JP Floru. Lord Heseltine proposes to shift £49 billion from national to local government to encourage investment and growth. His report No Stones Unturned is a classic tale of “government knows best”: of politicians taking economic decisions about which they know little; and of a belief that local politicians are somehow better suited at this than national ones. […]
Crises show the world in black and white. Through despair and chaos, solutions of remarkable simplicity come to the fore. And so it is today. No tax cuts, no jobs. No jobs, no Conservative victory. It’s that simple. The cards dealt by the voters force us to fight the crisis with measures muddled by LibDems […]
With the election of Francois Hollande Keynesian folly is back to the fore. Down here, socialists continue to hoodwink the long-suffering population into believing that the government’s spending cuts cause the continuation of the economic crisis. BBC journalists repeat it as if it is mere fact. Those profiting from state profligacy in Greece shout it […]
By JP Floru. When the state runs a queue, it goes wrong – and queues are inherent to state monopolies. It’s not just the Border Agency at Heathrow – have you been in a post office queue recently? And have you ever been in the queue to enter Parliament? I used to work for an […]
By JP Floru. Did you know that only about 39% of households in England and Wales have a water meter? Everybody else pays a fixed sum, irrespective of the amount of water used. Are we surprised that the demand for water exceeds the supply? Why bother closing the tab? It’s a free for all for […]
By JP Floru. It has nothing to do with Cameron riding horses or Osborne being the 18th Baronet of Ballintaylor and Ballylemon. Labour front men and women were and are from privileged backgrounds too: Blair was a boarder at the independent Fettes College; Harriet Harman has been called “a public school educated minor aristocrat”; Ed […]
Responding to ConservativeHome's Majority page, J P Floru suggests that policies for drivers should be at the heart of the next Tory election. Car drivers feel under threat, constantly. Yet their complaints fall upon deaf ears. When was the last time you heard a politician say “And now, we are going to introduce measures for […]
By JP Floru. More than one year ago Business Secretary Vince Cable announced an end to the practice of “gold-plating” of EU Directives. Sadly this does nothing to reverse the gold-plating of the past. According to Open Europe, the acquis communautaire – that is the total body of EU legislation – is now 170,000 pages […]
I started reading the book with the prejudices I wasn’t aware I had. Halfway through Chapter 2 I was already moaning that there were too many easy jokes but not a grain of philosophical substance. And suddenly there it was, on page 38, in George W.’s folksy twang: “My (…) convictions: The free market provided […]