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Implications of the new ‘Gig Economy’

Jennifer Speedie - 24 April 2017 - Economy

In recent years, there has been a shift away from traditional 9-5 working hours with self-employed workers now making up 15% of the workforce and over 900,000 people working under zero-hours contracts. This rise in the ‘gig’ economy, defined as a ‘labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts ...

How May can be as bold as Thatcher or Attlee

Tim Knox - 20 April 2017 - Politics

This article was originally published by the Times Red Box.A strong economy. A Labour Party facing, in the words of Polly Toynbee, “its darkest night”. 4 million former UKIP voters who can now only – logically – support the Conservatives. A Liberal Party which can fit all its MPs into ...

Our foreign aid commitment is unnecessary – let free trade take its place

Tim Knox - 20 April 2017 - International Aid

This article was originally published in the Daily Telegraph Comment section and on the Telegraph website.In the three decades between 1981 and 2010, extreme poverty fell dramatically, all across the planet. Over half the people in the developing world were then condemned to lives of abject poverty, according to the ...

The Conservatives should seize this chance to radically reshape Britain

Daniel Mahoney - 19 April 2017 - Politics

This article was initially published in City AM on 19th AprilCalling an early General Election will, in all likelihood, be seen as a pragmatic step to strengthen the Prime Minister’s negotiating hand in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. While Continental Europe faces instability from the rise of populist parties and persistent issues with the single currency, ...

What hand should the Government play in the foreign takeover of British firms?

Jennifer Speedie - 13 April 2017 - Trade

Recent failed attempts by Kraft Heinz to bid successfully on UK giant, Unilever, have reignited debate over the Government’s role in the foreign takeover of UK firms. The takeover of iconic British firm Cadbury by American giant Kraft Foods in 2010 sparked controversy, with many calling for Government intervention in ...

Parliamentary Democracy or Bureaucratic Tyranny

Tom Griffin - 05 April 2017 - Constitution & Democracy

In the run up to the Referendum last June, I never had the slightest doubt about my voting intentions.  They have throughout been governed by my wish to see the full panoply of Parliamentary Democracy restored.  It has seemed to me that the last 300 years of this country's history have been blessed ...

Brexit Needs ‘Big Loaf’ Economics

David Cowan - 29 March 2017 - Agriculture

Free trade has always championed people who are ‘just about managing’. In the nineteenth century, free-traders reduced food tariffs in order to provide a ‘big loaf’, namely cheaper bread, for working class consumers, while protectionist policies raised food prices. Today’s Brexit debate sees a similar split between free-traders and protectionists.On ...

Is it time the UK started a Sovereign Wealth Fund?

Henry Wallbank - 22 March 2017 - Economy

A British sovereign wealth fund is hardly a new concept in British politics. In 2014 Lord Hodgson argued that the government could launch a wealth fund with the proceeds from fracking. It received a degree of support from then Chancellor George Osborne, but progress since then has been, as Hodgson ...

Market-Led Solutions Can Help Raise Productivity

David Cowan - 16 March 2017 - Productivity

After last week’s Budget, we now have a clearer picture of what May and Hammond’s economic policy will look like over the next few years. Their mission is to produce a high wage, high skill economy which benefits all of the UK’s regions.Since the Financial Crisis, wage growth has stalled ...

Does Brexit ping-pong make the case for Lords Reform?

Emma Revell - 14 March 2017 - Constitution & Democracy

Manifestos have been published for what is probably one of the most distinctly British elections. It’s not the election of an MP or a councillor, the electorate is relatively small, and turnout has historically been high. March 21 will be polling day for the election of a hereditary peer to ...

How Hammond is keeping Britain open for business

Daniel Mahoney - 08 March 2017 - Tax

This article was initially published on CapX on 8th March 2017. One of the key planks of the Coalition’s competitiveness agenda was corporation tax. Although their fiscal consolidation plan involved some tax rises – particularly on VAT – the headline rate of corporation tax was cut dramatically from 28 per cent to ...

Should the UK introduce a Border Tax?

David Cowan - 07 March 2017 - Fiscal Policy

It has been widely recognised that we are living in an age defined by an ideological conflict between globalisation and nationalism. Theresa May quickly grasped the new reality after the Brexit result and has tried to follow a ‘third way’ between the two.May has also correctly identified problems which afflict ...

There's no need for Treasury giveaways to help the just about managing

Daniel Mahoney - 06 March 2017 - Economy

This article was initially published in City AM on 6th March.On the steps of Downing Street, Theresa May outlined the core of her political strategy: “If you are just about managing, I want to address you directly”. The just about managing – the so-called JAMs – saw their cost of living significantly squeezed in ...

The merits of a start-up property ISA as a solution to the housing crisis

Henry Wallbank - 06 March 2017 - Infrastructure

One welcome side effect of the current housing market is the way in which its very frustrations have acted as a catalyst for entrepreneurship. With a shortage of dynamic solutions from government, some alternatives have emerged from the world of start-ups.The best known from the world of proptech may be ...

Getting It Right on Social Care

David Cowan - 01 March 2017 - Healthcare

Next week Philip Hammond will be presenting his first Budget and he has a number of fires to put out. Over the past couple of months, one of the most pressing concerns has been the crisis in social care funding, largely caused by spending cuts to local government.Hammond is expected ...