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My Myanmar Days

Jenny Nicholson - 12 February 2016 - Culture

Deputy Director, Jenny Nicholson, reports on a recent trip to Myanmar.Will Aung San Suu Kyi become President? That is the question on everyone’s mind. Aung San Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency as she has foreign children. Negotiations are taking place with the Chief of Staff for the change ...

Learning the facts about maths

Tom Burkard - 11 February 2016 - Education

Early in 2005 Nick Gibb asked to see me after reading my CPS publications advocating synthetic phonics. At the time he was serving on the Commons Education Committee, and he understood that our primary schools were sending vast numbers of pupils to secondary school with literacy skills that would be ...

Why Australia Should Shift its Burden of Taxation

Cathal Leslie - 04 February 2016 - Tax

Across the world governments are decreasing tax on capital income and increasing tax on consumption. In the OECD, the average rate of Value Added taxes rose from 16.7% to 19.2% between 1990 and 2015, while the average OECD company tax rate dropped from 38.7% to 25.0% over the same period. ...

We must keep the Tax Avoidance Scandal in Perspective

Daniel Mahoney - 02 February 2016 - Tax

Google’s tax arrangements have rightly caused concern amongst the British public. Some digital companies have been taking advantage of an international tax system – set up in 1928 at the League of Nations – which has been reliant on the idea that companies are taxed where profits are created, not ...

Trump’s Blue Collar Takeover of the GOP

David Cowan - 27 January 2016 -

On the eve of the presidential primaries which will test the mettle of the Republican candidates, Trumpism is on the verge of transforming the Republican Party for a generation.For many conservative advocates of limited government, both in America and Britain, the rise of Donald Trump has been baffling. What was ...

Abolish bank deposit protection to make the banking system safer

Andreas Wesemann - 22 January 2016 - Banking

This blog post originally appeared as an article in City AM.Deposit insurance has been the most sacrosanct component of the regulatory regime for banks since it was widely introduced during the 1970s following the collapse of the Bretton Woods regime. However, while it seeks to protect consumers against the undercapitalisation ...

What to Look for in Today's Public Sector Borrowing Figures

Daniel Mahoney - 21 January 2016 - Fiscal Policy

Today, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will publish figures for the UK’s borrowing in December 2015. The figure is likely to be scrutinised closely by economists and media outlets. Annual comparisons show that borrowing increased in the months of October and November 2015, leading many to question whether it ...

Domestic Reform Needed to Tackle Manufacturing and Construction Skill Shortage

Daniel Mahoney - 15 January 2016 - Skills

This week’s published figures on the health of the UK’s manufacturing and construction sectors make for worrying reading. Output in construction is down 1.1% and manufacturing output is down by 1.2%. Moreover, the manufacturing sector’s output remains 6.1% below its pre-downturn peak, according to the Office for National Statistics. This ...

Global Economic Uncertainty Means Osborne Risks Missing His Budget Targets

Daniel Mahoney - 07 January 2016 - Economy

George Osborne will today warn of major global economic uncertainty by claiming that 2016 opens with a dangerous cocktail of new threats. We have heard similar warnings in the recent past – only 14 months ago David Cameron was highlighting the “red warning lights” on the dashboard of the global ...

Andrew Tyrie is right on inheritance tax changes

Thomas Carter - 16 December 2015 - Tax

Last Monday, Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the Treasury Select Committee branded Conservative inheritance tax changes a “mess.” He is right.In the summer budget, the Chancellor announced plans to create a £175,000 transferable tax allowance – due to be implemented gradually from 2017 – for homeowners who wish to pass their ...

US Fed Rate is Expected to Rise this Week - The UK Should Shortly Follow Suit

Daniel Mahoney - 14 December 2015 - Economy

The Federal Reserve will make an eagerly awaited decision on US interest rates on Wednesday. It is expected that interest rates will rise, following strong employment and wage growth in November. 211,000 jobs were created and wages are growing at a healthy 2.3% on an annual basis, leading markets to ...

What is costing the NHS?

Thomas Carter - 07 December 2015 - Healthcare

Since the founding of the NHS the UK has gone through a period of intense demographic change – the population today looks very different to the one the NHS was established for in 1948. It is well publicised that the service is now facing severe cost pressures. These pressures are ...

No More Dithering on UK Airport Expansion – We need a Final Decision Next Week

Daniel Mahoney - 04 December 2015 - Infrastructure

A final decision on the desperately needed expansion of airport capacity in the South-East has been delayed until next week. It has been nearly five months since the Davies’ Commission recommended the construction of a third runway at Heathrow, and it is worth re-stating the economic case for expansion at ...

Ofsted and the exam boards: The unholy alliance that Michael Gove forgot

Tom Burkard - 03 December 2015 - Education

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw delivered his annual report this week.  He rightly concluded that too many teachers are either leaving the profession or taking up posts in independent schools. He proposed that we need “golden handcuffs” to stop the drain.He is naïve if he thinks money is the ...

The Government is Right to Bypass Lancashire County Council on Shale Exploration

Daniel Mahoney - 30 November 2015 - Energy

Last week, it was announced that the Department for Communities and Local Government will intervene in a planning decision relating to two shale applications in Lancashire. Despite this appearing to go against the Government’s localism agenda, the background of this case highlights why the Government is taking a necessary step. ...

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