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Babes, sucklings and Tory Cabinet Ministers

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The Good Book tells us that out of the mouth of babes and sucklings comes strength and or praise, dependent upon the vintage of the part of the book we consult. At which point give us strength at this from a Tory Cabinet Minister:We’ve waived import duties on medical equipment so the NHS can get supplies faster and more cheaply. Great that other countries, including the United States and New Zealand are taking similar steps.Important we work together to keep trade flowing.Excellent, we can praise that specific action. And yet, why does the Trade Secretary support import duties that make supplies to the NHS slower and more expensive in normal times? Why, in those non-pandemic eras, does the government actively conspire to make that national religion, the health service, worse and the burden

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The Good Book tells us that out of the mouth of babes and sucklings comes strength and or praise, dependent upon the vintage of the part of the book we consult. At which point give us strength at this from a Tory Cabinet Minister:

We’ve waived import duties on medical equipment so the NHS can get supplies faster and more cheaply.

Great that other countries, including the United States and New Zealand are taking similar steps.

Important we work together to keep trade flowing.

Excellent, we can praise that specific action. And yet, why does the Trade Secretary support import duties that make supplies to the NHS slower and more expensive in normal times? Why, in those non-pandemic eras, does the government actively conspire to make that national religion, the health service, worse and the burden of paying for it heavier?

Within the proverbs of economics it is well known that the only fair trade is free trade, that the only rational policy stance is unilateral free trade. It seems something of a pity to have an unbeliever appointed to be the high priest of the process itself.

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Tim Worstall
Tim Worstall is a British-born writer and Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute. Worstall is a regular contributor to Forbes and the Register. He has also written for the Guardian, the New York Times, PandoDaily, the Daily Telegraph blogs, the Times, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2010 his blog was listed as one of the top 100 UK political blogs by Total Politics.

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