Taxi licensing illustrates regulatory capture, the phenomenon by which regulation intended to serve the public is hijacked by industry interests.
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23 April 2014, Financial Times
28 August 2013, Financial Times
Rail demand might increase substantially further, or it might not. If it does, there are many strategies more flexible, and orders of magnitude cheaper, than a new high-speed line.
12 June 2013, Financial Times
Most people have little time or energy to devote to politics, which enables small groups with a strong commercial, personal or ideological motivation to exert disproportionate influence.
16 January 2013, Financial Times
The salient fact is that London could never have become a great business and financial capital if its residents felt an urge to vomit every time they went outdoors.
07 November 2012, Financial Times
Prevarication and political posturing, the persistent incrementalism when bold actions are required and the readiness to oppose policies simply because they have been espoused by somebody else, are as characteristic of policy today as they have been for the past 50 years.
22 August 2012, Financial Times
The argument that we need the best and latest is powerful in political decision making, even among people who would never behave that way in their everyday lives.
27 March 2012
On the 27th March, John spoke at an event hosted by Policy Exchange on the issues of obliquity, long-term decision making and the limitations of knowledge in relation to energy and transport policy. Watch it here.
07 March 2012, Financial Times
This month’s budget in Britain will provoke yet another round of debate on austerity versus stimulus. But the issue of how we spend what we have is more important than the issue of what we spend.
31 August 2011, Financial Times
Trams were phased out because they were inferior to buses as a means of public transport. They still are.
03 August 2011, Financial Times
At a time when public expenditure cuts are focused excessively on capital expenditure, we are in danger of directing too much investment to vanity projects – like the Olympics, high-speed broadband, high-speed rail – whose returns are political excitement rather than tangible.
28 May 2008, Financial Times
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