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The UK must not miss out on Brazil

William Sternberg - 03 September 2015 - Trade

Almost 200 years ago the UK first established diplomatic relations with Brazil. Since then, we have seen a considerable rise in Brazil’s economic power and its GDP (PPP) is now greater than that of the UK. It is likely that Brazil’s economic and global influence will continue to grow and ...

Progress on Eurozone structural reforms

Madeleine Thornton - 02 September 2015 - Europe

The Eurozone crisis has given the EU a near impossible task: to identify a common interest among a set of increasingly heterogeneous nation states. Consequently, the economic union that the EU so desperately tries to promote is fragmenting: the UK electorate has called for an EU referendum and German taxpayers ...

Why we need to improve economic ties with China

William Sternberg - 02 September 2015 - China

Even with the recent news about China’s slowing economy causing volatile markets worldwide, with a population of 1.3bn and the largest economy in the world by GDP (PPP), there can be no doubt that China has the potential to be an even more important trade, tourism, investment and economic partner ...

China's structural weaknesses

Madeleine Thornton - 01 September 2015 - Economy

As the world’s second largest economy and the contributor of 15% of global GDP, the volume of discussion surrounding China’s market meltdown is warranted. With stocks down 8.5%, the Shanghai Composite’s worst single-day fall in since 2008, waves of uncertainty are rippling across the globe: the Japanese Nikkei fell by ...

People’s QE would be disastrous

Aatif Khan - 28 August 2015 - Economy

Despite the proletarian name tag, the effects of PQE would lead to irreconcilable damage in U.K monetary policy and price stability. Scarcity is the lynchpin concept of economics, but it’s abolished in the domain of PQE. Richard Murphy, the architect of Corbynomics, plainly admits who pays for the additional investment ...

The Green Revolution we need

Adam Memon - 28 August 2015 - Environment

This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin. To receive the bulletin to your inbox before it is published online, subscribe here. Vitamin A deficiency causes enormous suffering amongst those afflicted by it with blindness and ultimately death being the final outcomes for many in the developing World. The World Health Organisation ...

London needs more than this Night Tube

William Sternberg - 27 August 2015 - Public Services

This autumn, despite further delays announced today, we should have our promised Night Tube which will be running on five major lines throughout Friday and Saturday nights. Immediately there should be benefits; TfL’s analysis suggests that the Night Tube will create 1,965 new jobs adding £360m to the economy over ...

Corbynomics: A path to penury

Adam Memon - 18 August 2015 - Economy

This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin. To receive the bulletin to your inbox before it is published online, subscribe here. The expansion of capitalism and free markets in recent decades has led to incredible economic and social progress; the fastest fall in extreme poverty in human history, rising ...

Policy blunders doomed the last mines

Tony Lodge - 14 August 2015 - Energy

The Conservative Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, has started well. For five years, the Lib Dems had run energy policy inside a Conservative-led coalition. It was a period which saw energy prices double and delivered some of the biggest and most damaging failures in energy policy for a generation.Changes to tackle ...

We Need to Build More Houses

Aatif Khan - 07 August 2015 - Economy

A consensus exists amongst all, politicians and public alike, in addressing the urgency of building more homes to cope with the rising need of the population, yet there has been a failure to translate this into credible public policy. Restrictions on land supply and the multi-tranche complexity of the planning ...

Drug approval bureaucracy is detrimental to patients

William Walter - 04 August 2015 - Healthcare

The UK’s drug approval process is overly bureaucratic, stifles innovation and hinders patient access to life saving medicine. Reform is needed; Australia is leading the way.The recent announcement that we may have discovered the first effective Alzheimer's treatment to act on the disease process itself, rather than just the symptoms, ...

The economic benefits of strike law reform

Lorna Simmonds - 31 July 2015 - Employment regulation

Joseph Baum has put forward an argument for reforming strike laws on the CPS blog within the context of the proposed Trade Union Bill. The bill aims to reduce the number of strikes by introducing a minimum participation threshold of 50% and in some important public services an additional minimum ...

Heathrow needs another runway

Aatif Khan - 31 July 2015 - Economy

With the third largest aviation network in the world, after the US and China, it is urgent that development of Heathrow isn’t impeded any further. Congestion and tightening capacity continue to threaten British economic competiveness in finance and business. Since 1990, 12 UK airports have lost their direct links to ...

The next steps for devolution

Lorna Simmonds - 31 July 2015 - Constitution & Democracy

The combined local authorities of Greater Manchester, Sheffield and West Yorkshire are going to be the first to receive more devolved powers which were announced in the Summer Budget. However, more cities should be calling for further decentralisation to give them greater control over the future of their regions. English ...

Tough love for a better future

Michael Johnson - 29 July 2015 - Social Policy

The 2015 Spending Review: cultural consequences

1.         Shock and awe: essential

The 2015 Spending Review requests that government departments set out plans for reductions to their Resource budgets.[1]  More specifically, they have been asked to model two scenarios, of 25% and 40% real term savings by 2019-20.At first sight the ...

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