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Charles Krauthammer,

If you believe that health care is a public good to be guaranteed by the state, then a single-payer system is the next best alternative. Unfortunately, it is fiscally unsustainable without rationing.
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Charles Krauthammer,

[T]he assault weapons ban will have no significant effect either on the crime rate or on personal security. Nonetheless, it is a good idea …. Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic — purely symbolic — move in [the direction of disarming the citizenry]. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation f... See More
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Jonathan Portes,

HMRC has also published important new data about the fiscal contribution made by recently arrived EEA nationals, showing that they paid more than £3bn in taxes on income while claiming about £0.5bn in HMRC benefits. This provides further confirmation that EU migrants have made a strongly positive contribution to the UK economy and public finances.
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Richard Dawkins,

Children do need to be protected so that they can have a proper education and not be indoctrinated in whatever religion their parents happen to have been brought up in.
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Andrew Copson,

It remains the case that far too many people are unaware of just how badly some of these schools fail their pupils. All over the country there are children whose education is being severely limited, whose understanding of the world is being fatally undermined, and whose individuality and identity are being constrained.
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Erik Olin Wright, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

agrees Basic Income
A generous basic income would contribute to revitalizing a socialist challenge to capitalism
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Pierre Pettigrew, Former Canadian trade minister, 1999-2003

disagrees Brexit
If it votes to leave, Britain will find itself with no access to the EU market, nor any other … A post-Brexit UK would face a very different set of conditions imposed by its erstwhile EU partners.
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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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Boris Johnson,

agrees Brexit
A vote to Remain will be taken in Brussels as a green light for more federalism, and for the erosion of democracy.
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Kitty Usher, Managing Director, Tooley Street Research

disagrees Brexit
The trend rate of GDP growth will be a little lower due to reduced competitive pressure on UK firms from possible implied or real trade barriers and the negative signal sent to prospective investors seeking to trade with the EU from Britain
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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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Jim Rogers, Co-Founder, the Quantum Fund

disagrees Brexit
If the UK left the European Union, London's dominance of foreign exchange including euro trading would gradually decline and then end as the flows moved to Asia and other European capitals.
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Julian Lewis, British politician

agrees Brexit
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Suzannah Lipscomb, English historian

disagrees Brexit
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Michael Winterbottom, Film director

disagrees Brexit
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Simon Stevens,

disagrees Brexit
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Dan Snow, British historian and television presenter

disagrees Brexit
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Stephanie Flanders, British journalist

disagrees Brexit
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Chris Patten, British politician and administrator

disagrees Brexit
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Charles Tannock, Politician

disagrees Brexit
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Robin Walker, British politician

disagrees Brexit
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Rory Stewart, British politician, academic, author, diplomat and documentary maker

disagrees Brexit
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Jo Johnson, British politician

disagrees Brexit
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Damian Green, British politician

disagrees Brexit
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Nicholas Kenyon, British journalist

disagrees Brexit
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Ian Davis, British businessman

disagrees Brexit
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Michèle Flournoy, American government official

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