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Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize winner in Economics

agrees Basic Income
I am very much in favour, as long as we know how to apply it without taking away incentive to work at the lower end of the market
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Nick Bostrom,

Before the prospect of an intelligence explosion, we humans are like small children playing with a bomb [...] We have little idea when the detonation will occur, though if we hold the device to our ear we can hear a faint ticking sound
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Alice Thomson,

I have always felt uneasy about fervently religious schools. They seem to teach exactly the opposite of what education should be about — to give pupils all the facts and allow them to discover their beliefs for themselves... it is an anomaly to allow publicly funded schools to choose their intake, overtly or covertly, on religious background only. No other state-funded institution is exempt from t... See More
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Juan Manuel Santos,

The business of illicit drugs is behind violence, corruption and crime in almost the entire planet, and we have to recognize that the so-called War on Drugs - which has been going on for half a century - has not been won or won.
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Elliott Abrams, American lawyer, diplomat

The war on drugs is not being won, and it continues to threaten stability and democracy not only in the Andes but throughout the Caribbean as well, where tiny police and military forces are outclassed by the sophisticated equipment in the hands of traffickers passing through the region on the way to their market in this country.
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Sania Nishtar, Pakistani cardiologist

On balance, internet voting is feasible, which if effectively deployed, could improve accessibility for voters, especially those that are overseas and others for whom access is an issue, such as the disabled. It could also potentially save costs and time.
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Cindy Cohn, American civil liberties attorney

Your ability to access a website depends on your desire to access the website and not the deals that the intermediaries have made with each other.
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George Carey, Former Archbishop of Canterbury

agrees Euthanasia
When suffering is so great, when patients know they are at the end of life, make repeated pleas to die, it seems a denial of loving compassion which is the hallmark of Christianity to refuse to allow them to fulfil their own clearly stated request – after a proper process of safeguards. That is what I would want.
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Alf Dubs,

agrees Euthanasia
I support this bill and I do so because I do not wish to deny to other people something which I might want for myself one day in the future.
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Jonathan Dimbleby,

disagrees Tariffs
As it is, the grotesque distortions of the global market mean that for every dollar the West dispatches to Africa in the form of aid, two dollars are clawed back through subsidies and tariff barriers: a monumental rip-off by the rich as they instruct the poor to accept 'free' trade or else.
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Nicholas Bloom, Professor of economics

disagrees Tariffs
Many people who have lost out in the last few decades voted for Trump. Trump will have a difficult time turning them into winners. The jobs of these people are not at risk because of Chinese or Mexican workers, but because of robots and computers. And new trade barriers and higher tariffs are not going to change that.
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Robert Mundell, Canadian economist

agrees Tariffs
The United States can't keep a completely open system if the rest of the world is less open. The United States may have to take a leaf out of the book of Japan, China, and Germany, and have protectionism inside the system.
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Juan Manuel Santos,

disagrees Tariffs
Protectionism is something that will hurt everybody, but especially the United States.
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Rosa DeLauro, American politician

agrees Soda taxes
There is a clear relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and a host of health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and tooth decay. We are at a crucial tipping point. The SWEET Act would help correct the path we are currently on.
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Sam Bowman,

disagrees Soda taxes
A tax on sugary soft drinks is the first step on the road to fat taxes and sugar taxes more generally. It makes little sense to tax sugary drinks on their own, rather than sugar more generally – a couple of Mars bars are just as bad as a bottle of Coke – but the Chancellor probably reckons that the public won’t care if he only targets soft drinks. Once the tax is in place, he will follow the lead ... See More
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr, American radio host, environmental activist, author and attorney specializing in environmental law

disagrees Vaccines
None of the vaccines have more than a few months of double-blind placebo testing, which will not allow you to spot illnesses like autism that aren’t diagnosed before five years. Second of all, in most vaccines, for example the Gardasil vaccine, they don’t use true placebos.
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George Soros, Business magnate, investor, and philanthropist

disagrees Brexit
The UK will struggle if it cuts itself off from the rest of Europe
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Markus Brunnermeier,

Total health expenses and risk will remain high for individuals. It might also shift the norm whether to work. Work = being part of society
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Demis Hassabis, Founder & CEO, DeepMind

He accepts there are “legitimate risks that we should be thinking about now”, but is adamant these are not the dystopian scenarios of science fiction in which super-smart machines ruthlessly dispense of their human creators.
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Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development in Canada

agrees Basic Income
I think it’s the principles behind the idea [of a guaranteed income] that matter. These principles are greater simplicity for the government, greater transparency on the part of families and greater equity for everyone
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David Bellamy, English author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist

For the last 16 years, temperatures have been going down and the carbon dioxide has been going up and the crops have got greener and grow quicker. We’ve done plenty to smash up the planet, but there’s been no global warming caused by man
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Gerard Lyons, Economic adviser to Boris Johnson, mayor of London

agrees Brexit
The choice may be a stark one, between the UK being in an EU that is inward looking [and] insular, [...] or outside, trading with the whole world including Europe, negotiating our own, better suited, trade deals with a focus on what the UK is good at
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Tom Pursglove MP,

agrees Brexit
Far from being a leap into the dark … the United Kingdom leaving the European Union would be a leap into the light - into a more prosperous, brighter, global future.
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Andrew Simms, Director, New Weather Economics

disagrees Brexit
The sheer complexity of continuing European and global economic interdependence would replace one Europe-wide set of agreements with a thicket of even more. [...] All prospects would become trickier and harder still to navigate
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Robert Shapiro, Chairman of economic advisory firm Sonecon, IMF advisor, former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce. Bl

agrees Carbon Tax
The risks of climate change continue to grow. Global, harmonized net carbon taxes could contain those risk s in an economically-efficient and politically-feasible way.
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stellacreasy, British Labour Co-operative politician, Member of Parliament

Can we make all carriages safe for all passengers rather than restricting where we can go? [It] doesn't keep women safe to restrict their movements - it normalises attacks. We need to be clear they [the attackers] are problem, not women's seating plans.
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Ricardo Reis, Professor of Economics at London School of Economics

disagrees Brexit
While leaving could allow for some policy improvements, it would also open the way for a whole list of dreadful policies regarding trade, immigration, and industrial policy that membership in the EU now precludes
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Alan Blinder, Economist

agrees Carbon Tax
The 'bang for the buck' from a phased-in CO2 levy would be infinite at first—lots of jobs at zero cost to the federal budget.
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William Gale,

agrees Carbon Tax
The basic rationale for a carbon tax is that it makes good economic sense: unlike most taxes, carbon taxation can correct a market failure and make the economy more efficient.
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Richard N. Cooper, American economist, policy adviser, and academic

agrees Carbon Tax
Levying a charge on CO2 raises the price of CO2-emitting activities,including fossil fuel use, and thus is the most direct method of influencing consumer and industrial behavior on a world-wide scale.
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Reza Moghadam, Economist and Vice-chairman for sovereigns and official institutions at Morgan Stanley

Macron is right - the Eurozone needs a finance minister. [...] it focuses on the essential: a collective action mechanism for managing and stabilising economies in crisis. It also does so without the need for EU Treaty changes
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Moorad Choudhry, Head of Business Treasury, Global Banking and Markets at Royal Bank of Scotland

agrees Brexit
Far from being at risk of stagnation [after a Brexit], we would be able to present ourselves as a genuine open free market, no longer subject to EU bureaucracy and regulation. Expect things to go from strength to strength.
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Allister Heath,

agrees Brexit
Genuine believers in enlightenment values must have the courage of their convictions …. they must learn to trust the people again: we are a sensible, grown-up nation, and we don’t need a bunch of European technocrats to force us to be free.
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Patrick Minford, Professor of Applied Economics, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University

agrees Brexit
In the medium and long term Breset will herald a major growth-boosting period as the UK breaks free of the over-mighty EU with its protectionist mindset and establishes free trade and intelligent regulation aimed at UK economic interests
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Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Adviser to Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London

agrees Brexit
In the medium term, Brexit would be better for the economy than remaining in an unreformed EU
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Patrick O'Flynn,

agrees Brexit
Outside the EU, Britain would get to reoccupy its own seat at the WTO and conduct trade negotiations in its national interest once again, rather than being (mis)represented by an EU commissioner.
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Nigel Carrington, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London

disagrees Brexit
Without Erasmus we would have major problems in terms of enabling our students to study overseas.
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Alison Woollard, Biochemist, Oxford University

disagrees Brexit
Leaving the EU would be an unmitigated catastrophe for British science. The Graphene Flagship project is exactly the kind of investment that will be jeopardised.
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Syed Kamall,

agrees Brexit
After much thought, my personal decision is to vote to leave the EU; not because I think David Cameron did a bad job, but because I believe that on balance we could forge a better future outside.
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Gisela Stuart MP, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston, chair of Vote Leave

agrees Brexit
The NHS is struggling to cope with rising demand. If we Vote Leave we will be able to stop our money being spent on EU bureaucrats and instead invest in the NHS so that patients can get the best possible care.
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Andrew Sentance, Former MPC member and Senior Economic Adviser, PwC

disagrees Brexit
[Brexit] would make me more negative about the medium-term for two reasons. (1) Disruption and uncertainty created by Brexit; (2) Lack of a clear alternative to underpin UK's trade and investment relationships
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Yvette Cooper,

disagrees Brexit
There’s a good reason why the TUC, EEF and IMF are talking about the real risk to our jobs and our economy [if we vote to leave the EU]. It is working class people across Britain who would be hardest hit if we end up losing those jobs.
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Martin Ravallion, Economist

agrees Basic Income
A basic-income guarantee would dominate net workfare earnings in terms of the impact on poverty for a given budgetary outlay.
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Thomas Piketty,

disagrees Basic Income
I have difficulty in understanding those who insist on wishing to pay a basic income of 500 Euros per month to those earning a salary of 2000 Euros, and then deduct the same sum by raising their taxes deducted at source.
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Alan Budd, Former MPC member

disagrees Brexit
Sources of uncertainty are likely to harm investment spending in the short and medium term
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