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  • Mass privatisation for mass private ownership

    Mass privatisation for mass private ownership

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    The privatisation of state owned assets is not only a useful way to raise revenue but has historically injected more competition into markets. This frees the employees of state owned assets to be more creative and is likely to lead to greater innovation and productivity enhancing changes. Harriet Maltby’s recent ...
  • How UKTI can up its game

    How UKTI can up its game

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Given the large trade deficit which Britain faces, attention has inevitably turned towards what the Government is doing to hold back or support export growth. United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI)  is the trade support body which provides advice to British companies which are looking to start exporting and to ...
  • Britain must do more to increase cybersecurity

    Britain must do more to increase cybersecurity

    Adam Memon | | General
    Big businesses have traditionally been the most common victims of cybercrime and economic espionage perpetrated through cyberspace. The problem is clearly getting worse because the average cost of the most severe online security breaches for big business has more than doubled just over the last year to reach £1.46 million. ...
  • Don’t fear an increasing minimum wage – it helps the country’s poorest

    Don’t fear an increasing minimum wage – it helps the country’s poorest

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    This article originally appeared in City A.M. "The great challenge for the government over the next five years is to raise productivity and living standards, while also continuing in its efforts to cut the deficit. Significant reform to planning, skills, tax and regulation will all be necessary. But one regulation which ...
  • Is the UK�s broadband truly �superfast�?

    Is the UK�s broadband truly �superfast�?

    While the UK continues to struggle with the productivity puzzle, reports suggest that the economy is lagging behind its European peers and the recovery is not reflecting in labour productivity trends. Given this context, the debate on the UK’s Broadband Delivery plan becomes even more significant. There is enough evidence ...
  • Russian-financed extremist parties bid for respectability

    Russian-financed extremist parties bid for respectability

    Neil Barnett | | Foreign Policy
    Since Russian financing of the French National Front was uncovered last year, the Kremlin’s sponsorship of extremist parties in Europe has ceased to be a matter of speculation and become a matter of fact. Which other pro-Russian fringe parties receive Kremlin funds is unclear, but our earlier piece on the ...
  • So you want to hang on to RBS?

    So you want to hang on to RBS?

    Raiyan Azmi | | Economy
    The headlines everywhere from the Financial Times to the Independent and the Daily Mail say the same thing: George Osborne is planning to sell the state’s stake in RBS “at a loss”. Chris Leslie, the Shadow Chancellor, says taxpayers want their money back in full, and he’s not the only ...
  • India's Modi Government – A Year On

    India's Modi Government – A Year On

    Ranjavati Banerji | | Economy
    “One year, many beginnings”, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, tweeted on 26 May, 2015 on completing his first year in office – a message that was soon trending on the social media platform.  Perhaps one of the many beginnings he made is that of being the first Prime ...
  • What’s holding back the equity release market?

    What’s holding back the equity release market?

    Raiyan Azmi | | Economy
    As in most of the developed world, the United Kingdom is bracing itself for the slow squeeze of ageing on its economy. Even after accounting for future rises to the state pension age, the Office for National Statistics has projected the old-age dependency ratio to fall by 15.6% within twenty ...
  • On the minimum wage

    On the minimum wage

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Last week I wrote a piece for CapX which examined ways to help low paid workers. I argued that cutting the tax burden and improving productivity would drive long term real wage growth, allow people to keep more of what they earn and reduce price pressures. I also argued that ...
  • The North East does not fit the Northern Powerhouse model

    The North East does not fit the Northern Powerhouse model

    Raiyan Azmi | | Economy
    George Osborne has been busy. Less than a week after being re-elected in his constituency Tatton, which lies just south of Greater Manchester, he made the trip to the North again to present an extension of his plans to create a Northern Powerhouse. Speaking in Manchester, he foretold dramatic improvements ...
  • Unleashing the Sharing Economy

    Unleashing the Sharing Economy

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin written by Adam Memon and Tim Knox. To receive it by email before it is available online, sign up here. The Sharing Economy is one of the UK’s fastest growing and most exciting sectors. It entails a host of new companies which are ...
  • The Triple Challenge facing Britain's Oil and Gas Sector‏

    The Triple Challenge facing Britain's Oil and Gas Sector‏

    Adam Memon | | Energy
    This article is taken from the CPS Economic Bulletin written by Adam Memon, Angeliki Terpou and Tim Knox. To receive it by email, sign up here. Britain’s oil and gas industry contributes about £24 billion in Gross Value Added to the economy and employs approximately 240,000 people directly and within the wider supply chain. Oil and ...
  • “Britain: For the Love of God, Please Stop David Cameron” – a Response

    “Britain: For the Love of God, Please Stop David Cameron” – a Response

    Owen Brady | | Economy
    “David Cameron’s government has managed the country’s economy with stunning fecklessness” – this is the charge.Benjamin Studebaker made this claim on his blog, in a post that has gone viral, with 100,000 views, and 10,000 shares on Facebook. It certainly makes an impression, with its densely packed charts and earnest rhetoric. ...
  • If UKIP wants to survive it needs a Tory victory and SNP success

    If UKIP wants to survive it needs a Tory victory and SNP success

    Lewis Brown | | Politics
    It was somewhat interesting to see the English and Scottish versions of The Sun newspaper set out their different party endorsements this morning – the London-based publication prefers the Conservatives, citing one of the reasons as ‘keeping the SNP out’, while their Glasgow counterpart encouraged readers to vote for the ...