Ryan Bourne


Under Oxfam’s dodgy maths, someone with 50p to his name is “richer” than bottom 2bn

19 January 2015 12:26

Global capitalism has eradicated poverty and generated prosperity in the developing world at an unprecedented rate. You might imagine that a…

London, May 2011 (Photo: AFP)

How to defuse Britain’s £1.45 trillion public-debt time-bomb

29 October 2014 10:13

Last week’s public-finance statistics were truly dreadful. They showed that despite a year of fairly robust economic growth, UK government…

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu. Image: Getty

Let’s have more work and lower costs to raise living standards – the Living Wage won’t help

24 June 2014 11:34

In the latest in a long-line of Commissions or studies into the roll-out of a ‘Living Wage’, today the Archbishop of…


Increasing the minimum wage will only harm the lowest paid

3 September 2013 12:52

‘If you earn £6 an hour flipping burgers then Allegra might have good news for you,’ said Jeremy Paxman on…

Minimum wage

No, it is not a good idea for the Tories to raise the minimum wage

13 March 2013 18:58

There’s so much to disagree with in Rupert Myers’ piece arguing that the Tories should raise the minimum wage that…

Ed Miliband pledged to restore the 10p tax band. Picture: Carla Millar

Labour’s Valentine’s policy gimmick

14 February 2013 13:07

At long last, Ed Miliband delivered us a Valentine’s Day present that everyone in the political world has been waiting…

Two ex-Chancellors will soon be debating whether George Osborne's economic strategy has failed. We'll be running debates on Coffee House this week as a warm-up.

‘Plan B’ is not the answer

17 October 2012 15:29

Is George Osborne’s plan working? You can see why his enemies are circling. If you take his own definition –…

Paul Ryan's appointment as Mitt Romney's running mate was a high-risk strategy for both sides, says Ryan Bourne. Picture: Getty.

A Paul Ryan reader

29 August 2012 19:01

Ever since Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan as his running mate, the UK media has raced to portray him as a fiscal Sarah…

Nick Clegg announced a proposal for a 'wealth tax' today in an interview with the Guardian. Picture: Getty.

Would a wealth tax work?

29 August 2012 11:03

Roll up, roll up! The biannual Lib Dem half-baked tax policy circus is in town! Last time, the so-called ‘mansion…


There are economic reasons to cut the state, irrespective of the deficit

25 May 2012 13:24

Treasury Select Committee Chairman Andrew Tyrie recently explained he would support cutting back the size of the state even if…