Think Tank Review – Issue 22/2015

Think Tank Review – Issue 22/2015
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Here are links to some thought provoking articles. This is an excellent source

GSC Library Resources

Welcome to issue 22 of the Think Tank Review compiled by the EU Council Library. It gives a short abstract of papers published in February 2015, with a link to the full text.

This month’s Review has a focus on external action and includes the CEPS/ Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung report on More Union in European defence, presented in Brussels on 9 March. Other relevant resources from the library were listed in our blog post on the event.

On economics, we harvested the habitual range of papers on the banking union, capital markets, pros and cons of the ECB’s quantitative easing, debt targets and the balanced budget rule, and more. Thomas Piketty’s book continues to trigger debate. See the collection of (mostly critical) essays on the book by the UK think tank Policy Network. On inequality, the notion at the heart of Piketty’s book, we also feature an article by Caritas Europa and

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Opinion – Miliband’s attack on profit is an attack on patients « Adam Smith Institute – John Gelmini

Ed Miliband is an economic illiterate because to just get approval for a new drug can take a minimum of £1.5 million gbp in testing, clinical trials and monitoring of side effects.

Profit from ongoing activities is what funds that development and that profit cannot be capped at 5% as Miliband suggests although some members of the public may be stupid enough to believe him.

Dr Alf is not the only one concerned about the NHS which despite being the largest employer in Europe is responsible for  120,000 deaths a year through botched operations, with GPs accountable foe 70,000 deaths a year through misdiagnosis and it employs 225% more managers than it needs to whilst delivering the worst cancer treatment outcomes in Western Europe barring Greece.

The NHS and its alter ego, local authority funded Adult Social Care, is an anachronism that belongs in a history book along with incompetent people like Ed Miliband who is not competent to run a whelk stall let alone a country.

I can understand why the Bilderbergers wanted someone malleable and out of touch as their placeman but dumbing down the Prime Ministership can, in a dangerous and expensive world ,only be carried so far.

John Gelmini