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8 questions for Chris Leslie on productivity

Adam Memon - 25 September 2014 - Economy

At the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, I took part in a panel debate on Labour’s approach to manufacturing and business more generally. The panel included Chris Leslie, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury who talked about Britain’s weak productivity and the need to find ways to increase it in ...

Either Miliband is stupid (he isn't) or he thinks we are

Tim Knox - 23 September 2014 - Tax

Ed Miliband has today pledged to increase spending on the NHS if successful in next year’s general election. Already costing £113bn in 2013/2014, the NHS has attracted much criticism regarding its inefficiency and expense.The Labour leader has explained that his party’s further increase in NHS spending will be funded by ...

Is the US priming the Saudi Oil Weapon?

Neil Barnett - 17 September 2014 - Energy

In March the Centre for Policy Studies published my paper, Deploying the Saudi Oil Weapon Against Russia. The report suggested that the best means of stopping Russian aggression in Ukraine was for Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and depress oil prices. The logic behind the strategy is that Russia ...

Bluff and bluster from the SNP

Tim Morgan - 15 September 2014 - Economy

In a paper released today, Oil, Finance and Pensions: why Scots should say No, leading economist Tim Morgan has identified three major risks in the event that the Scots vote “yes” to independence.In response to the report’s evidence, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has attacked the credibility of its author, ...

Can satire beat real life?

Tim Knox - 12 September 2014 - Culture

I have just been sent, by Clapham Picturehouse, an invitation to “In Conversation with Russell Brand: a frank discussion between Russell Brand and the Guardian’s renowned journalist and commentator Owen Jones”.While it is wonderful that political debate, wherever it is on the political spectrum, is broadcast to a wide audience, ...

Illness as a career choice

Administrator CPS - 12 September 2014 - Social Policy

The author is a physician with a practice in the North-West.It is vital that those suffering from disabling health conditions are well supported by the welfare system. However it is my belief that in some cases well-meaning welfare provisions can end up having severe unintended consequences.As a physician I have ...

DEFRA should be bold on water security

Adam Memon - 15 August 2014 - Environment

As a result of falling water levels and reduced quality, it is now no longer possible to think of water as a permanently and immediately available resource. In our latest Growth Bulletin, “Britain must act on water security”, we argued that DEFRA can increase UK water security through radical reforms ...

Britainís Women Problem

Emma Foley - 30 July 2014 - Economy

ONS data show that the average wage earned by a woman in 2013 was 19.7% lower than that of a man. Given that it has been forty years since the Equal Pay Act came into force, this is a shocking and somewhat absurd statistic. Naturally, the disparity in earnings between ...

Britain must act on water security

Angeliki Terpou - 28 July 2014 - Energy

This article is an excerpt from the CPS Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon, Angeliki Terpou and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.Water security is defined as having sustained, reliable and safe access to ...

Labour apply same old tactics to the Premier League

Lewis Brown - 24 July 2014 - Politics

One of my favourite pointless debates in football is about the best own goal ever scored.  There are a number of candidates: Frank Sinclair and Jamie Carragher were masters of putting the ball in their own net, Peter Enckelman missing the ball completely against hated rivals Birmingham, Djimi Traore’s beautiful ...

Lib Dem reversal on the 'bedroom tax' should worry welfare reform supporters

Adam Memon - 23 July 2014 - Economy

This article originally appeared in City A.M. on Thursday 17 July 2014. The Lib Dems announced yesterday that they are heavily watering down their support for the “bedroom tax” – or more accurately, the Under-Occupancy Charge. The policy cuts housing benefit payments by 14 per cent for households with one spare ...

Liberty tax avoidance shows need for freedom from complexity

David Martin - 10 July 2014 -

Last year the Tax Simplifier series of blogs described the UK tax system in less than glowing terms. The last in the series said that reform should mean refocusing on the commercial and economic effects of what people do, and levying tax accordingly.The publicity given this week to the more ...

Pay restraint now, performance pay next

Adam Memon - 09 July 2014 - Economy

Tomorrow, teachers and many others will strike in protest at the 1% cap on public sector pay rises. The strike will cause inconvenience for thousands of parents but ultimately the Government will hold the line on the pay growth cap. Given the fiscal situation, it is an unavoidable reality that ...

Tech, not taxes, will save us

Lewis Brown - 08 July 2014 - Environment

This year we commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It is also 100 years since the birth of Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution and quite probably the man who saved a billion lives.There are many who argue persuasively that our environmental problems ...

Austerity and the Productivity Puzzle

Lewis Brown - 07 July 2014 - Economy

This article originally appeared in the University of Warwick's Lacuna magazine as a contribution to a series on 'Austerity and Prosperity'.I have a problem with austerity. My problem lies not with the modest programme of spending restraint being carried out by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the United Kingdom ...

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