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Has BT got too big for its boots?

Daniel Mahoney - 17 February 2017 - Economy

This article was initially published on CapXThis is a vitally important year for the UK’s mobile phone industry. Ofcom will be auctioning off a new allocation of spectrum that will be used by mobile phone companies to offer additional internet services to customers. The first auction will supplement the current ability of ...

Autonomous vehicles – the quicker they arrive on our roads, the better

Llew Cross - 09 February 2017 -

What would a world with autonomous vehicles look like?First and most importantly of all, the death toll on our roads will plummet. Why? Around 90% of accidents are caused by human error. Already new crash avoidance systems are saving lives. Autonomous vehicles remove the unpredictability of human drivers and they ...

Inadequate baseload power is an issue for the UK's energy system

Daniel Mahoney - 01 February 2017 -

Earlier this week, a former boss of National Grid claimed that the UK has enough energy capacity to meet demand. This pronouncement comes despite National Grid’s latest Winter Outlook suggesting the UK’s electricity margins are very narrow.Even if the UK is not set for blackouts, there are still some troubling developments in the ...

Further Forces scheme revisits Troops to Teachers idea

Tom Burkard - 31 January 2017 - Education

Of all the policy papers I’ve written for the CPS, none has attracted more media interest than Troops to Teachers, published in February 2008. When the US was reducing its armed forces in the wake of the first Gulf War, around 1,500 redundant personnel were retrained as teachers each year. ...

Why Brexit is the perfect opportunity to drop our aid target

Daniel Mahoney - 25 January 2017 - International Aid

This article was initially published on CapX. The link can be found here. Progress on eliminating poverty has been rapid in recent times. Over three decades, the rate of extreme poverty in the developing world has fallen from more than one out of every two people to roughly one out of ...

Barnett formula woes demand a fiscally autonomous solution

Llew Cross - 20 January 2017 - Economy

Current criticisms of the Barnett formula revolve around the way the funding is distributed to the home nations. In particular, that Scotland receives around 20% more per person than in England, while politicians in Wales complain that they are being short changed. While there is a need for change to ...

Overregulation of the sharing economy will make us all poorer

Llew Cross - 12 January 2017 - Economy

Governmental regulation of new technologies and the attempted suppression of new competition to favour incumbent operators will make us all poorer. The booming sharing economy is bringing choice to consumers, new income streams to individuals, and incredible competition to over regulated incumbents.New technologies – through the sharing economy - have ...

Why unleashing competition would deliver lower fares and greater choice to rail passengers

Daniel Mahoney - 11 January 2017 - Infrastructure

This article was initially published in City AM on 9th January 2017The UK’s rail passengers are suffering, and will no doubt continue to do so over the coming months. Union action is bringing the network to a standstill, with further strikes planned for this week. The level of sickness leave ...

House prices set to flatline in 2017, but what about the homeless?

Anamika Patel - 14 December 2016 - Poverty

The UK is currently at the centre of a major housing crisis. However, according to industry forecasts, the British property market’s post-crash boom will come to a halt in 2017 when house prices flatline after five years of increase. Property firms have forecasted that economic uncertainty would lead to weaker ...

A Prospectus for Boosting Productivity

Alexander Fiuza - 13 December 2016 - Productivity

It is uncontroversial that the UK has been burdened with low productivity growth. In fact, productivity only returned to its pre-2008 level in the second quarter of 2016, meaning productivity growth has been 17% below the pre-2008 trend. This has important repercussions, because productivity is a vital part of the ...

The UK’s new foreign aid agenda: will it really be mutually beneficial?

Anamika Patel - 08 December 2016 - International Aid

Priti Patel, the newly appointed Secretary of State for International Development, has advocated an aid policy that is ‘mutually beneficial’ to both developing and developed countries. Whilst Patel claims that her objective is challenging and changing the global aid system so that it properly serves the poorest people in the ...

Keep an eye out for today’s critical Capacity Market Auction

Daniel Mahoney - 06 December 2016 - Energy

National Grid’s latest Winter Outlook suggests that the UK’s electricity margins are dangerously narrow. Without emergency measures, de-rated capacity margins for the winter of 2016/17 would be at just 1.1%. This is a result of failings by both the UK Government and the European Union (EU).A number of EU initiatives ...

Time to Consolidate Government Departments?

Alexander Fiuza - 05 December 2016 - Fiscal Policy

The government is committed to seeking better value for money, but an obvious source of common-sense savings has been ignored. There are 25 ministerial departments in the government, far more than is necessary; in 1980 the government had far more power, but there were only 18 departments. Many perform roles ...

The Shale Revolution Comes to Nottinghamshire

Alexander Fiuza - 01 December 2016 - Energy

In the land where the apocryphal Robin Hood once harried a Sherriff, a new chapter of British history is being written. Nottinghamshire County Council recently approved a planning application by IGas  to drill exploratory shale gas wells. If they are found to be viable then IGas will seek to tap ...

The Future of UK’s trade relations: NAFTA, the EU customs union or simply a bilateral agreement?

Anamika Patel - 29 November 2016 - EU Referendum

During the U.S. Presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to leave the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) unless it was improved to his liking. Although not much has been claimed about what exactly this entails, critics of the deal argue that NAFTA is to blame for job losses and wage ...