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Employment on merit - the skills deficit in manufacturing

Edward Hamilton-Stubber - 22 August 2016 - Economy

The British manufacturing sector’s contribution on a global and national level has been in steady decline since the 70’s. Under Prime Minister Edward Heath, manufacturing contributed to 30% (Gross Value Added) of Britain’s economic output, and by 2014 this had slipped to just 9.7%. When compared globally, Britain is the ...

Resolution not rivalry – how Austria prevents strikes

Edward Hamilton-Stubber - 16 August 2016 - Employment regulation

Recent strikes by Southern Rail and Eurostar staff this summer are a reminder of the UK’s persistent struggle with labour disputes. Those between government, businesses and labour unions, that fail to be resolved through negotiation, are detrimental to the economy. Particularly those over public transport services. For example, the lowest ...

The Pensions Dashboard: maintain the momentum

Michael Johnson - 15 August 2016 - Economy

A week does not go by without some learned article lamenting the lack of transparency in the pensions industry.  But perhaps the tide is turning: the Government has now recognised that it is in the national interest to redress the balance in favour of the consumer.  In his last Budget ...

As the world gets ready for Rio, what was the true London 2012 legacy?

Sidharth Bhushan - 08 August 2016 - Culture

A major feature of London’s winning bid for the 2012 Olympics in Singapore was a promise to deliver on a five-pronged legacy plan. This plan included making transport ‘bold’ and a volunteer spirit ‘that lasts’, however in reality, the two main legacy aims of London 2012 were to regenerate the ...

My Little Cronies

Daniel Gibbs - 05 August 2016 - Constitution & Democracy

Cronyism and a lack of the expertise it is designed to hold have been the battle cries for reformers of the House of Lords. The recent scandal involving the published proposals for peerages and other honours by David Cameron upon his leaving 10 Downing Street has only stoked the fire ...

Fighting the Resistance

Daniel Gibbs - 04 August 2016 - Healthcare

“The thoughtless person playing with penicillin treatment is morally responsible for the death of the man who succumbs to infection with the penicillin-resistant organism”. These words were spoken not by a politician or a philosopher but by the man that discovered penicillin, Alexander Fleming. From the very start of the ...

The pensions triple-lock farce will have to come to an end soon…

Daniel Mahoney - 02 August 2016 - Economy

Baroness Altmann, the former Pensions Minister, made a very welcome intervention yesterday, calling for an end to the so-called “triple-lock” on pensions by 2020. Since 2010, the triple-lock has ensured that the State pension increases by the highest of average earnings, inflation or 2.5%.There is, of course, a very strong ...

Rising Tuition Fees: Bad for the young but terrible for the young middle class

Sidharth Bhushan - 01 August 2016 - Education

Tuition fees initially rose significantly, which caused many protests, to £9 000 in 2012 and now the government have announced the possibility of further increases to £9 250. Raising tuition fees will mean that people will graduate with more debt and this will lower their living standards compared to those ...

The problem of excess sugar in drinks and processed foods

Andrew Scott - 28 July 2016 - Healthcare

The proposal to tax soft drinks doesn’t address the fundamental need to try and influence all food and drink manufacturers to reduce the amount of sugar they add to their products.There has been a small amount of progress by drinks manufacturers to reduce sugars, but no perceptible change from confectionary ...

George Osborne: Judging his legacy

Sidharth Bhushan - 22 July 2016 - Economy

As time goes on, much of Osborne’s work will drift into the background but he will be remembered for two things: austerity and politics. Osborne stuck to austerity in the face of heavy criticism - something for which he should be credited. A lot of his other work, however, such ...

The Treasury's Brexit alarmism has not materialised - there's no reason to pursue looser monetary policy

Daniel Mahoney - 21 July 2016 - Economy

Prior to the EU referendum on 23rd June the Treasury published “the immediate economic impact of leaving the EU”, which warned of dramatic short-term consequences arising from a Brexit. It predicted that government borrowing costs would rise, economic activity would fall and a recession would become a near certainty.However, analysis ...

What can we learn from successful US charter schools?

Chloe Cook - 18 July 2016 - Education

Recent strike action from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has created further tension around the academisation of schools, with the policy being linked to issues such as school budget cuts. What’s more, critics have claimed that academies and free schools have failed to improve results significantly. But beyond this ...

Unconditional Basic Income - Rethinking the Labour Market

Mirjam Otten - 15 July 2016 - Economy

Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) is a long-standing national social policy idea. Founded upon man’s right to live in freedom and dignity and his rights to individual choice and social protection, it makes a case for modern liberal egalitarianism. Defined as ‘an income paid by a political community to all its ...

Turkey – Foreign Policy Lost in Conflict

Mirjam Otten - 12 July 2016 - Foreign Policy

Turkey has become a ‘melting pot of crises’ throughout the past few years, a phenomenon President Erdogan himself has called a ‘humanitarian drama’. Due to the situation of its Syrian neighbour, the country faces immigration numbers almost triple the size of Europe, a situation putting intensive pressure on public finances ...

Post-Brexit Britain: a case for a points-based immigration system

Chloe Cook - 04 July 2016 - Immigration

Post-Brexit Britain: a case for a points-based immigration systemThis week, Boris Johnson set out a post-Brexit vision in which the UK continues to enjoy access to the single market, whilst restricting EU immigration through an Australian style points-based system. The proposed deal was unlikely to ever be accepted by EU ...