Scotland, Wales and Ireland point to how governments should be formed in hung parliaments

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Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones have this week been re-elected as First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, whilst two week ago Enda Kenny was re-elected as Irish Taoiseach. In each case the newly elected parliament elected the head of the new government. In a new report Petra Schleiter, Valerie Belu and Robert Hazell argue that a similar procedure should be adopted at Westminster, where currently the Queen decides who should be Prime Minister before parliament meets. Robert Hazell explains why.

This week has seen the re-election of Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones as First Ministers in Scotland and in Wales, following the devolved elections on 5 May. Two weeks ago we witnessed the re-election of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach in Ireland, ten weeks after the Irish election on 26 February. What these three countries have in common is not just that the same leader has been re-elected, but that…

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Hillary Clinton lying for 13 minutes straight

Aircraft cockpits should have dangling fluffy balls as a safety measure against disorientation

A number of aircraft accidents are caused by pilot disorientation regarding the horizon even though they have artificial horizon instruments to tell them their exact orientation. Pilots lose track of up and down and they can even fly upside down through a trick of the inner ear.

I always wondered why this is possible because if you are flying sideways or upside down, should not various loose objects in the cockpit fall and even ending up on the ceiling?

My solution to this is fluffy fur balls in every aircraft cockpit to tell the pilot were they are in addition to the information he gets from his artificial horizon instruments.

School Choice Is a Necessary but not Sufficient Condition to Improve Educational Performance by Minority Students

International Liberty

School choice should be the civil rights issue of the 21st century. Rich people already have school choice, both because they have the ability to live in good school districts and they have the resources to send their kids to private schools. The children of poor people, by contrast, are warehoused in failing government schools. Here’s what Kevin Huffman recently said for the Washington Post.

In this country, if you are middle or upper class, you have school choice. You can, and probably do, choose your home based on the quality of local schools. Or you can opt out of the system by scraping together the funds for a parochial school. But if you are poor, you’re out of luck, subject to the generally anti-choice bureaucracy. Hoping to win the lottery into an open enrollment “choice” school in your district? Good luck. How about a high-performing charter school? Sure…

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The hard work of persuading a majority to work with you means taking their concerns seriously


Source: Here’s Obama’s Best Argument Against the Left – NYMag.

An interview with Robert Barro


Conor Clarke at Atlantic Business:

I spoke with Robert Barro of Harvard yesterday about the stimulus bill, fiscal policy, and related issues in macroeconomics.

I wanted to speak with Professor Barro after reading his piece in the Wall Street Journal about the multiplier on government spending. The piece, which argued that the multiplier has historically been much lower than the Obama administration hopes, produced a tremendous amount of response — from Paul Krugman, Brad DeLong, Greg Mankiw, Matt Yglesias, and Tyler Cowen (some of them several times). And that response was notable, in part, because it turned into a reflection on the “standards” of the stimulus debate itself. I was interested to hear what Barro thought about his critics this debate.

…Do you read Paul Krugman’s blog?

Just when he writes nasty individual comments that people forward.

Oh, well he wrote a series of posts saying he thought the…

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Rothbard on Insider Trading

Keynesian 'multiplier' effects – no evidence


Our new research shows no evidence of a Keynesian ‘multiplier’ effect. There is evidence that tax cuts boost growth.

Harvard economist Robert Barro is one of the leading researchers on the empirical evidence for Keynesian ‘multiplier’ effects. Here is an Oct 1, 2009 Barro op-ed summarizing recent research. (This op-ed is based on a working paper issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research in September). Here is the introduction:

The global recession and financial crisis have refocused attention on government stimulus packages. These packages typically emphasize spending, predicated on the view that the expenditure “multipliers” are greater than one—so that gross domestic product expands by more than government spending itself. Stimulus packages typically also feature tax reductions, designed partly to boost consumer demand (by raising disposable income) and partly to stimulate work effort, production and investment (by lowering rates).

The existing empirical evidence on the response of real…

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Resolution Foundation – Shortage of Housing Equivalent of 10p on Tax

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions


While in 1995 the average two-income household with one child spent 17 per cent of their income on housing costs, by 2015 that had risen to 21 per cent, according to the Resolution Foundation analysis. This equates to £1,500 a year or 10p on the basic rate, the think-tank estimates.

There are sharp regional and income variations. For lower and middle income households, the share of income spent on housing has increased from 18 per cent to 26 per cent over this period, whereas higher income households have seen a smaller rise from 14 per cent to 18 per cent.

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Don’t let Mal and Bill get their grubby paws on your Super boy Bill well they got that smallest of the bill coming up your super

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