Citizen’s Advice Spouts Nonsense Over Bills For Failed Energy Suppliers

Citizen’s Advice wants us to know that people are really very hard hit by the collapse of energy suppliers. It’s a terror, it really is. For people will now have to pay bills that they would have to pay anyway.

No, that is what they’re saying. If the energy company didn’t collapse then consumers would have to pay some amount of money. If the energy supplier does collapse then consumers will have to pay some amount of money.…

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How Remarkable – More International Trade Increases Competition In The Face Of Domestic Concentration

Not that this is a hugely surprising conclusion. If the domestic economy is thrown open to international trade then there’s an increase in competition for the domestic producers. This is rather the point of having that opening. But the implication of this is obvious. For those who worry about increasing market power, increased economic concentration, the answer is obvious too – have more free trade. Actually, this becomes a litmus test. For those who do so complain but don’t argue for lowering trade barriers we know they’re not being serious.

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Uganda’s Yoweri Musuveni – I’m Here To Stay, Don’t Dream Of Replacing Me

Uganda’s long term President, Yoweri Musuveni, has told opposition leaders that he’s not going anywhere and they should put aside any dream they might have that he will hand over power anytime soon. On the one hand this is simply what any politician in power will say. On the other, well, he’s been there more than three decades already and, well, when? What might slightly worry is Musuveni’s statement of why he went into politics and what he needs to achieve before he leaves.…

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Congratulations To Ethiopia – Getting Richer By Going Neoliberal

Ethiopia didn’t have a good economic time of it in the recent past. That leap from Haile Selassie’s monarchical feudalism to Mengistu’s Red Terror didn’t work well. As every communist theoretician prior to Lenin insisted of course, it was necessary for there to be an urban proletariat before the urban proletariat took power. Lenin changing his mind because he saw the opportunity for power in a country that didn’t really have that prior requirement but he sure wanted the power.…

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Surprise! People Like Free Things Like Solar Power Subsidies

This is a finding from the very Annals Of The Extraordinary. People like to have free things and in the absence of that they’d like other people to pay for at least part of whatever it is. As we’ll all agree, such an interesting and unusual insight into the human species. This all applies to solar power. We all think it’s just loverlly, we’d kiss ourselves to have it. As long as someone else pays for it.…

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