Articles By Tim Congdon
 
May 2017
‘Addled thinking about the BBC’s status seems to be characteristic of leafy-suburb leftism’
 
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April 2017
"Theresa May and her colleagues should announce that Britain seeks global free trade as well as free trade with the EU"
 
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March 2017
"Many Brexit and Trump voters resented the exent to which national power had been transferred to international institutions like the EU and the IMF"
 
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December/January 2016/17
For all Vladimir Putin’s military adventures, the Russian economy is now shrinking — far too small to pose a real threat to the West
 
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November 2016
"Bootle and Mills believe in “permanent devaluation”. Is there any exchange rate they regard as too low?"
 
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October 2016
"What does Brexit mean? Two main options are emerging: the single market option and the free trade option"
 
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September 2016
"Friedman’s “helicopter money” was designed as a thought experiment to stimulate the imagination — not the real British economy. He was joking"
 
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July/August 2016
"Have the unelected heads of international institutions got too big for their boots?"
 
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June 2016
The Treasury White Paper on the economic impact of leaving the EU is based on unsound economics and does not withstand close analysis
 
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May 2016
‘Can the promoters of Project Fear not see that Brexit would merely result in the UK becoming just like any other non-EU nation?’
 
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April 2016
"There may be valid arguments against Brexit, but the leap-in-the-dark claim by Cameron & Co is not one of them"
 
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March 2016
‘The world in its entirety cannot be in debt, let alone drowning in the stuff’
 
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December 2015
At the height of the 2008 banking crisis, Mervyn King backed the wrong plan, which triggered a vicious deflationary shock in the UK
 
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November 2015
The Governor of the Bank of England ignored the lessons of history and the UK’s reputation for financial competence may never recover
 
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October 2015
"Given the massive sales of Thomas Piketty’s Capital, can Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the Labour leadership be that much of a surprise?"
 
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September 2015
"Will Liam Halligan eat humble pie and admit he was wrong about quantitative easing and inflation?"
 
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July/August 2015
‘The letter of protest to the Guardian from 79 left-wing economists might indicate that the Keynesians are losing the argument’
 
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June 2015
‘A dreary and tacky lot of politicians tried to bribe floating voters with the fantasy of “government money”’
 
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May 2015
"Contrary to Paul Krugman’s bluster, Britain has experienced less fiscal austerity under Cameron than the US under Obama"
 
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April 2015
‘Osborne appears to have achieved the miraculous. He has combined budgetary overspending with a reduction in cost of the debt burden'
 
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March 2015
"The boom in the output of the financial sector was a boom in productivity. This has been stopped in its tracks by bureaucracy and regulation."
 
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March 2015
Standpoint's columnist Tim Congdon responds to Martin Wolf on the Great Recession, austerity, and the proper use of fiscal policy
 
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January/February 2015
"Why have international investors and domestic savings institutions not sold off British government debt in anger at the slow progress on budgetary restraint?"
 
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December 2014
Martin Wolf and his academic mentors warned that austerity would be economic suicide. They were and are mistaken
 
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November 2014
‘Will the BBC suffer the same fate as British Leyland and British Shipbuilders?’
 
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October 2014
'The Great Recession of 2008 knocked many assumptions but it knocked the assumptions of the young worst of all'
 
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September 2014
The Continent is stuck on a course of ‘ever closer union'. British voters need to know what the Prime Minister thinks of such a vision
 
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July/August 2014
‘Yes, net mortgage debt has increased in the last few years. But no, reports of a boom are unjustified and wrong'
 
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June 2014
50 years of Communism have left Cuba poorer than ever
 
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May 2014
The must be clearer information on the cost of Britain's EU membership
 
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April 2014
Russia may dominate world maps, but it is an economic pygmy compared with the developed nations as a bloc
 
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March 2014
 
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March 2014
Alan Greenspan’s reputation has suffered but The Map and the Territory is a reminder of his vast contribution to American public life
 
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January/February 2014
'The current talk of deflation refutes the claims of the quantitative easing alarmists. They were wrong'
 
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December 2013
The logic behind a nationalised broadcaster was never perfect. In the age of subscription television and the internet it is indefensible
 
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November 2013
'Hundreds of thousands of people organise and attend political meetings, and even pay membership dues so they can do unselfish things. Are they mad?'
 
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October 2013
'Mark Carney has undermined what many viewed as a basic premise of the UK inflation-targeting regime'
 
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September 2013
'George Osborne did not have the gumption to take my advice and reject the Vickers report on banking in 2011. Now he is blatantly trying to bypass its constraints'
 
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July/August 2013
'The ten years to 2017 could be the first peacetime decade since the 17th century to see no economic growth in Europe'
 
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June 2013
The UK Independence Party has long been derided by the political elite, but it is now strong enough to do without deals and go it alone
 
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May 2013
‘Burke asserted that we should value chivalry, morality and friendship. But how do we measure the huge rise in social media in terms of GDP?’
 
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April 2013
‘The huge amount of fuss and bother that attends the Budget tells us that something is wrong with how our country is organised’
 
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March 2013
'Europe's economic and commercial importance to the UK will collapse in the 21st century'
 
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January/February 2013
The conventional wisdom on fiscal policy doesn’t add up. A glance at the data and one realises that the media panic is unjustified
 
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December 2012
‘Mervyn King has been the most disastrous Governor in the Bank of England’s history’
 
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November 2012
'Even The Times now believes that the setbacks of the last few years are proof of the failure of free-market capitalism. How quickly they forget the Thatcher revolution'
 
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October 2012
'What happens if Greece can't pay its enormous debts back to the ECB? Inevitably, the banks from Germany, the netherlands and Finland will have to pay'
 
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September 2012
'Perhaps visiting anthropologists would describe us as crazy. But Britain's triumph in the Olympics is a tribute to the wisdom and foresight of its tribal leaders'
 
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July/August 2012
'Adair Turner's worry is that the UK's financial sector takes up scarce resources and unfairly distributes resources. Lord Turner is talking rot'
 
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June 2012
‘If Mervyn King should be awarded a medal for his bravery before a solid redoubt of fact, he also deserves a prize for the exceptional selectiveness of his memory’
 
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May 2012
'New Labour's top brass doesn't live on council estates, but it might have the decency to check the impact its policies have had on the UK labour market'
 
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April 2012
‘What would have happened to Britain’s economy if the ECB’s Mario Draghi, rather than Mervyn King, had been governor of the Bank of England in 2007?’
 
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March 2012
‘The City of London, like all financial markets, does resemble a casino—but it is better to have a successful and productive casino here than to push it abroad’
 
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January/February 2012
'The eurozone shambles has been the worst setback for European integration since the 1940s'
 
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December 2011
'The 166 countries outside the EU are at peace even though they do not belong to the EU or enjoy the benefits of the single currency'
 
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November 2011
‘The government has sensibly decided to give back to the Bank of England its old job of regulator. But a clutter of extra institutions and committees is being proposed, none of which is the real boss’
 
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October 2011
Alistair Darling was the luckless understudy to Gordon Brown and Mervyn King as they led Britain into an avoidable recession
 
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September 2011
The Vickers report will call for tighter banking regulation. But George Osborne should beware of the economic and political consequences
 
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July/August 2011
‘Under my proposal well-behaved banks would have a strong interest in preventing their risk-prone rivals from ruining the system’
 
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June 2011
‘To Keynesians such as Martin Wolf and Larry Summers, the theory is simple: cuts in public expenditure and reductions in deficits have deflationary effects. But what about the evidence?’
 
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May 2011
'I propose Congdon's Law of Public Debt: that no country has ever paid interest payments on government debt in excess of 15 per cent of GDP'
 
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April 2011
‘The monstrosity of the bank payroll tax makes “a Budget for growth” a sick and pathetic joke’
 
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March 2011
Is Quantitative Easing really a euphemism for printing money? And should we be more concerned about bank deposits or note issue when it comes to “money aggregate” causing a rise in inflation?
 
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March 2011
The former prime minister didn't save the world after the Great Crash of 2008. Instead, his actions only made things worse
 
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January/February 2011
‘Quantatitive easing prevented the Great Recession from becoming the Second Great Depression’
 
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December 2010
‘The British political class has been bribed. Too many members have taken decisions for the greater good of themselves and their chums’
 
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November 2010
‘George Osborne must be congratulated on his large, necessary and overdue reductions in government expenditure’
 
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October 2010
‘So, who’s been proved right: the crass American Keynesians or the boneheaded German monetarists?’
 
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September 2010
‘Has the banking crisis cost the taxpayer £2 billion, £131 billion or £500 billion?’
 
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July/August 2010
'Bankers are humans too. Their only crime has been to be clever, hard-working, rich and successful'
 
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June 2010
'The PM does not control Britain like a chief executive, a ship's captain or a headmaster'
 
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May 2010
'Britain’s national debt, which was under control in the 15 years to 2008, is likely to peak at above 100 per cent of national income by 2014 or 2015'
 
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April 2010
‘Empirical evidence shows that whereas Friedman knew what he was talking about, Keynes did not’
 
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March 2010
‘Despite banker-bashing in the media, the British taxpayer ought to make a profit from the government’s intervention in the banking crisis’
 
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January/February 2010
‘Ben Bernanke promised Milton Friedman that the mistakes of the Great Depression would not be repeated. Has he broken that promise?’
 
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December 2009
‘Quantitative easing may not have stopped the recession, but it certainly rescued Britain from an even greater one’
 
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November 2009
‘The Conservatives should reintroduce the Medium-Term Financial Strategy that Thatcher championed and Brown dropped’
 
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October 2009
‘Robert Skidelsky has moved away from Keynes and closer to the Keynesians’
 
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September 2009
‘If the regulators, in their zeal, try to destroy risk, they will spark a deflationary disaster’
 
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July/August 2009
‘Higher-rate taxpayers will just move to tax havens when the 50 per cent rate is introduced in April 2010’
 
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June 2009
A flawed economic doctrine led Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling to plunge Britain into its worst postwar crisis
 
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May 2009
‘Far from rescuing the world, Brown and his associates caused a sudden downturn of extreme severity and wrecked the British banking system’
 
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April 2009
‘The effects of throwing money at a large number of apparently deserving causes are self-cancelling’
 
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March 2009

‘Nowadays, little is heard of Ralph Hawtrey, whereas Keynes is revered as if he were an intellectual pop star’

 
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February 2009

‘Why should the Beckhams and Rooneys of corporate finance be penalised, but not the Beckhams and Rooneys of football?’

 
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January 2009
‘George Soros has won the first few rounds, so must I now eat my words?’
 
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December 2008
‘Gordon Brown needs to be warned that everyone, even Prime Ministers, must obey the law’
 
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November 2008
‘If we are buying carpets, we are suspicious. When it comes to really big decisions, we ought to be equally suspicious’
 
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October 2008

‘By the 2030s China will have an economic weight two or three times that of America, its nearest rival’

 
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September 2008

‘The oil price rise has already forced the global warming guru Lord Stern to change his mind’

 
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August 2008
‘Absolutely no one believes that the earth could produce 17 times as much oil as today. The stuff simply is not there’
 
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July 2008
‘George Soros is much too pessimistic. The slowdown in late 2008 and 2009 will be only a blip on the path to further prosperity’
 
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June 2008
‘To point a finger at “bankers” (whatever the word means) is as dangerous as stigmatising racial or religious minorities’
 
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About Tim Congdon

Tim Congdon is director of the Institute of International Monetary Research at the University of Buckingham. He is the author of an annual study for UKIP, How much does the European Union cost?, and his Privatise The BBC, a Standpoint ebook, was published in October 2014.

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