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  • A Symbolic Moment

    A Symbolic Moment

    Kieron O'Hara | | Economy
    They're a brave bunch at Standard & Poor's. The rating agencies' reputations were shredded after their collective failure to spot the financial crisis coming. They then incurred the ire of the EU after stating the bleeding obvious about various European economies. But taking on the US? ...
  • Lessons from across the pond

    Lessons from across the pond

    Jon Wilson | | Public Services
    CPS Intern Jon Wilson examines why Britain’s US-inspired Defence and Security Review must learn additional lessons from the American system.Today’s scathing assault on last year’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) by the Commons Defence Committee is the most recent of numerous attacks of the outcome ...
  • Fringe science or is it a fringe scientist?

    Fringe science or is it a fringe scientist?

    Finding David Nutt latching onto Professor Steve Jones’ BBC Science Review in Comment is Free in the Guardian last week was hardly a surprise when it finally reached me down under in the Australian outback where I have been holidaying. The page is now closed for ...
  • Fringe science or is it a fringe scientist?

    Fringe science or is it a fringe scientist?

    Finding David Nutt latching onto Professor Steve Jones’ BBC Science Review in Comment is Free in the Guardian last week was hardly a surprise when it finally reached me down under in the Australian outback where I have been holidaying. The page is now closed for ...
  • Does the Big Society need a rethink? - Charities

    Does the Big Society need a rethink? - Charities

    Yorick Wilks | | Social Policy
    Yorick Wilks, Professor of Artificial Intelligence (Emeritus) at the University of Sheffield, writes about the dependence of charity and public projects on the state. “CUTS FORCE CHARITIES TO SLASH SERVICES” screamed the Guardian recently (21.7.11). A moment’s reflection might make one answer “Hang on, what have any Government ...
  • We have our ways of making you happy

    We have our ways of making you happy

    Tom Burkard | | General
    Following David Cameron's Nov 2010 announcement that he considers it his duty to make us all happy, Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell has just announced that all Whitehall Departments will be instructed to consider the implications for people's happiness when drafting new policies. Children will now ...
  • A tale of two presses

    A tale of two presses

    Jeremy Jennings | | General
    Amidst calls for tougher press regulation in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, Professor Jeremy Jennings takes a look at the repercussions of state involvement in journalism in France.  Towards the end of last May I received a set of proofs for an article on Nicolas ...
  • The Economist's Most Liveable Cities: Bias or prank?

    The Economist's Most Liveable Cities: Bias or prank?

    Yorick Wilks | | General
    Yorick Wilks, Professor of Artificial Intelligence (Emeritus) at the University of Sheffield, examines The Economist's top 10 of the 'World's Most Liveable Cities' list.According to the Economist’s Intelligence Unit, eight of the world’s ten “most liveable cities” are in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, but none are in ...
  • 'Mainstream Euroscepticism' is here

    'Mainstream Euroscepticism' is here

    Lewis Brown | | General
    As Eurozone heads of state gather in Brussels, Lewis James Brown, Web 2.0 Manager at the Centre for Policy Studies, takes a look at recent calls for 'mainstream Euroscepticism' to reform the EU.Many of you will have read with admiration the letter sent by 14 Members of ...
  • News international and market dominance

    News international and market dominance

    Ryan Bourne | | General
    Following the closure of the News of the World, research economist Ryan Bourne examines the consequences for the newspaper industryOver the past two weeks, much has been said about the ‘market dominance’ of Rupert Murdoch’s news operations. But is this justified? To assert that an individual ...
  • The 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture by Sir Max Hastings

    The 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture by Sir Max Hastings

    Lewis Brown | | General
    Lewis Brown, Web 2.0 Manager at the Centre for Policy Studies, takes a look at the key points of the 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture on UK-US ties. Earlier this week, the Centre for Policy Studies was privileged to have prominent historian Sir Max Hastings deliver the 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture in honour of ...
  • What bothers me about the phone hacking coverage

    What bothers me about the phone hacking coverage

    Ryan Bourne | | General
    Another day, and yet again pretty much wall-to-wall coverage of the phone hacking scandal. Though personally I am growing tired of the story, there is no doubt that it is engaging political theatre. As Andrew Neil said last night on This Week, “even the Coronation Street ...
  • Our fiscal dilemma: is this Parliament the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning?

    Our fiscal dilemma: is this Parliament the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning?

    Administrator CPS | | Economy
    CPS Interns George Bullard and Priyanka Surya welcome the OBR's Fiscal Sustainability Report Last month, George Osborne assured the House of Commons that the UK’s deficit reduction remained ‘on track’ and that the government was on course to meet its fiscal mandate (see graph below). Figures showed a ...
  • Digital Footprints: Two parliamentary acts in the UK pulling opposite ways

    Digital Footprints: Two parliamentary acts in the UK pulling opposite ways

    Yorick Wilks, Professor of Artificial Intelligence (Emeritus) at the University of Sheffield, writes on the ambivalent nature of UK legislation towards data privacy. A great deal of reform and clarification are needed on the conflicts between Data Protection legislation and the Freedom of Information Act: we need to ...
  • Sense and sense of liberty: why we need a free press

    Sense and sense of liberty: why we need a free press

    Our intern, Tom Waters, signs off his time with the CPS by explaining why Hugh Grant is wrong to call for more press regulationLast night, Question Time saw 55 minutes of its one hour schedule taken up by a single issue: the News of the World. The panel ...