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  • R&D - It's Not Rocket Science, but It Could Be

    R&D - It's Not Rocket Science, but It Could Be

    A guest post from our intern - David Gibson Last Thursday, I attended a lecture by Prof Brian Cox at the Royal Geographic Society. The event was the Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture in aid of Save the Rhino International. Besides conserving endangered pachyderms and trying to explain ...
  • If I could turn back time

    If I could turn back time

    Ryan Bourne | | Public Services
    Following on from last week's blog post on cuts, I have been reviewing the projected scale of government spending in each department by 2014/15.I thought it would be good to share the data with you to show the scale of real spending across different departments by 2014/15 - and how far this takes the area back ...
  • Shout if you see Ed Llewellyn in Waterstones

    Shout if you see Ed Llewellyn in Waterstones

    Tim Knox | | General
    The most bizarre couple of sentences that I have read recently came from Jonathan Powell's memoir, The New Machiavelli.Powell, then Chief of Staff to Tony Blair, is writing about the immediate aftermath of 9/11:"After 9/11 it was clear that military action was essential, but we were all a ...
  • Tackling the cycle of dependency – is IDS’ welfare reform tough enough?

    Tackling the cycle of dependency – is IDS’ welfare reform tough enough?

    Administrator CPS | | Social Policy
    Much of the debate over Iain Duncan Smith’s Universal Credit has centred on whether or not there are jobs for the millions of unemployed and whether they have the skills to meet employers’ needs. Iain Duncan Smith insists that many of them could find unskilled jobs and ...
  • TAKE OUR TEST: Do you know your Big Society from your Third Way?

    TAKE OUR TEST: Do you know your Big Society from your Third Way?

    Tim Knox | | Social Policy
    Twenty years after Mrs Thatcher left office, we all still have a clear idea of what she stood for. Mention “Thatcherism” to anyone over the age of thirty and you will get a pretty clear response.  We don’t seem to be quite there yet with the Big ...
  • Smoke and mirrors in the cuts debate

    Smoke and mirrors in the cuts debate

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    The quality of the debate around spending cuts has been tarnished by excessive scare-mongering on the one hand, and clever statistics on the other.If you believe groups like 'False Economy' you will regard cuts as resulting in decimated public services - whilst some Conservative MPs and commentators ...
  • The Minimum Wage and Youth Unemployment

    The Minimum Wage and Youth Unemployment

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    This morning John Prescott led a Twitter counter-attack against the Adam Smith Institute, which had suggested that the national minimum wage for young people should be abolished as a means of helping to cure the UK's youth unemployment problem.Their argument was simple: high youth unemployment is a symptom of ...
  • Cameron and Reagan: two very different views of government

    Cameron and Reagan: two very different views of government

    Tim Knox | | General
    The Coalition has some bold ambitions. For example, David Cameron said that he wanted the new coalition administration to be "the greenest government ever" (speech, 13 May 2010). The Conservative Manifesto at the last election promised that “We will make Britain the most family-friendly country ...
  • Tax Policy for Growth

    Tax Policy for Growth

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Whilst scouring through some academic literature this morning, I came across an interesting paper in The Economic Journal on "Tax Policy For Economic Recovery And Growth".Reviewing historical OECD data, it comes to some important conclusions about the best tax reform policies (with any changes revenue neutral) to enhance short and ...
  • Francis Maude has converted me to the Big Society agenda

    Francis Maude has converted me to the Big Society agenda

    Ryan Bourne | | Social Policy
    Whilst most of you were out last night gazing into your lover’s eyes over a candle-lit pasta dish, I found myself attending a Big Society debate in the Grand Committee Room of the House of Commons.  I have to admit, I almost didn’t bother. The last thing I wanted to ...
  • How high's inflation, mama? 4% and rising...

    How high's inflation, mama? 4% and rising...

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    The Bank of England's inflation headache is looking increasingly like a migraine. CPI inflation is up to 4% in the year to January, and the more accurate RPI measure has increased from 4.7% to 5.1%, with the increases thought to be driven by commodity prices and the VAT hike. Economic ...
  • Is the 'Yes To Fairer Votes' campaign encouraging BBC bias?

    Is the 'Yes To Fairer Votes' campaign encouraging BBC bias?

    Whilst searching the web yesterday, I came across a very odd blog post on the Yes To Fairer Votes website.It was titled ‘Standing up to the BBC: 10,000 voices and counting’, and was a petition aimed to badger the BBC into “using the word "reform," when making ...
  • Hard vs Soft Subjects: A Critical Choice

    Hard vs Soft Subjects: A Critical Choice

    Administrator CPS | | Public Services
    David Vaiani is the Founder & Director of Aspire Whenever I visit state schools to talk to the pupils about applying to Oxbridge, the most frequently asked questions tend to focus on which subjects are required in order to gain access to the country’s leading universities. Invariably, as ...
  • Boris and the 50p rate

    Boris and the 50p rate

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    A Lib Dem peer yesterday accused Boris Johnson of "rattling the begging bowl for the starving rich,” following his call for the Chancellor to scrap the 50p rate of income tax in the upcoming budget.The exchange between the two pretty much sums up the politics of this controversial tax ...
  • Licence to thrill

    Licence to thrill

    Ryan Bourne | | Media & Technology
    As a free-market conservative, the BBC has long troubled me. There is no doubt that it produces some excellent programmes. In fact, it is usually my first port of call when I switch on in the evenings. And in all honesty – compared to my ...