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Hunting Schools

Benjamin Judge - 26 November 2014 - Education

This week, Dr. Beaumont des Crayeres, also known as Dr. Tristam Hunt, launched a vintage attack on Britain’s independent schools. Under a Labour government post 2015, independent schools will be required to meet a “schools partnership standard” or else be denied the business rates tax relief they currently enjoy.It was ...

The Airbnb economy: A battle Britain must win

Adam Memon - 21 November 2014 - Economy

This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin, written by Adam Memon, Jan Zeber and Tim Knox. To sign up for our weekly mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.P2P Markets When Democratic New York Senator, Liz Kruger was asked in an interview why she is against her constituents using ...

Gordon Brown was right. Free Channel 4 from the State

Adam Memon - 20 November 2014 - Public Services

Yesterday evening, I attended a pre-screening of episode one of the new series of Channel 4’s documentary ‘Skint’. The series, which covers the lives of people living in quite difficult conditions in Grimsby, is due to air on Monday night and I heartily recommend watching it. Indeed, Channel 4 has ...

Donít Get Too Excited about the Benefits Tourism Ruling

Matthew Rees - 13 November 2014 - Economy

On Tuesday the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down a widely-praised judgment limiting so-called ‘benefits tourism.’ The case concerned a Romanian migrant’s unsuccessful claim to the German equivalent of the Jobseeker’s Allowance. In short, the CJEU confirmed that EU member states are not obliged to grant ...

Ed Miliband's Relaunch: Zero Credibility, Zero Ideas

Adam Memon - 13 November 2014 - Politics

Ed Miliband’s latest leadership relaunch today was unfortunately devoid of any new ideas or credibility. His speech, based on the idea that Britain has become a zero-zero economy, shows that he understands neither poverty nor prosperity.Follow @CPSThinkTankMiliband’s proposals on the minimum wage and zero-hours ...

6 studies that demonstrate why small government is best

Lewis Brown - 12 November 2014 - Economy

Support for rational evidence based policy making is in short supply at the Home Office, according to recently-departed Liberal Democrat Minister Norman Baker MP.It is a familiar call – that ideological politicians and policymakers push aside their prejudice and instead follow the proven evidence of what works, as if it's ...

Rail Re-nationalisation: not the solution for passengers

Josh Boyle - 12 November 2014 - Economy

The rising cost of rail transport has become something of a running sore for governments of all stripes since 2004. In that year new regulation was introduced that set annual rail fare rises at RPI inflation plus one per cent. This has led to inevitable bad headlines, with “the Squeezed ...

Russian sponsorship of the European far right

Neil Barnett - 10 November 2014 - Foreign Policy

Amid the sinister circus of Russian-sponsored ‘elections’ in eastern Ukraine last weekend, the Russians have done us a small favour. In an effort to legitimise the votes, ‘election observers’ were brought in via Russia. The identity of these ‘observers’ serves as a handy guide to Russian influence networks in Western ...

Goodbye to Berlins

Professor Michael Clarke - 07 November 2014 - History

Professor Michael Clarke is Director General of the Royal United Services Institute.I was in good company in being wrong about the longevity of the Berlin Wall. Mrs Thatcher thought the same. Like the French, we loved Germany so much we thought it was a good idea to have two of ...

The fall of The Wall: The Power of Ideas

John O'Sullivan CBE - 07 November 2014 - Foreign Policy

In 1976 Vladimir Bukovsky was released by the Soviets from eleven years in the Gulag in exchange for a Chilean communist and despatched in handcuffs on a plane to Zurich. On arrival there he gave a press conference at which he was asked the question: “How many political prisoners remain ...

The fall of The Wall: This was the new epicentre of a new Europe

Lord Howell - 07 November 2014 - History

Looking back, it is strange how many of us thought it would not happen in our lifetime – or at least not for years to come.Of course we had been confidently assured by foreign policy experts and analysts galore that the USSR was here to stay and that ‘realists’ would ...

The Soviet Ambassadorís midnight knock on the door of 10 Downing Street

Lord Powell - 07 November 2014 - History

Lord Powell of Bayswater was Private Secretary and adviser on foreign affairs and defence to Margaret Thatcher from 1983 to 1990.The Fall of the Wall twenty-five years ago was the last of the great Cold War crises, a chain running through the Berlin Airlift, the Soviet invasion of Hungary (1956) ...

The astonishing prescience of Zbiginiew Brzezinski

Tim Knox - 07 November 2014 - Foreign Policy

In January 1988, Mikhail Gorbachev’s Perestroika and Glasnost reforms were in their infancy. Yes, it was clear that the Soviet Union was changing; and that its satellites in Eastern Europe were restless. But that had happened before. Few thought then that all was about to change – utterly.That same month, however, ...

The reform of business tax - how you can help me

David Martin - 31 October 2014 - Tax Simplifier

David Martin enjoyed a career spanning 23 years as a tax lawyer within a large City Law Firm, latterly as Head of the Tax Department, before retiring in 2002. During that time he advised both company and individual clients. In a new series of four blogs, he looks at simplification ...

Saudi oil Ė the secret weapon against Russian encroachment

Neil Barnett - 29 October 2014 - Foreign Policy

This article was an exclusive for CapX.As oil prices remain depressed, my Centre for Policy Studies paper from March, ‘Deploying the Saudi Oil Weapon’, appears prescient. The aim of this article, however, is not to crow, but to examine the reasons for falling oil prices, and to look at why we need ...

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