Blogs by Adam Memon

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Adam Memon

Adam joined the Centre for Policy Studies in January 2014, having previously been at the Conservative Research Department.

No room for complacency

23 April 2014 - Economy

The latest figures published by the ONS on the public sector finances show improvements in the UK’s fiscal position. Nevertheless, there is much more left to do before success can be declared.For 2013/14 public sector net borrowing was £107.7 billion excluding the Royal Mail, Asset Purchase Facility and temporary financial ...

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Productivity is still the key weakness

22 April 2014 - Economy

This article is an excerpt from our fortnightly Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.Data published by the ONS on Wednesday showed the labour market continues to perform ...

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Politicians 'misguided' on banning zero-hour contracts

16 April 2014 - Economy

A ban on most zero-hours contracts as proposed by the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee would damage the flexibility of our labour market and would be detrimental to both employees and employers.The Committee criticises the insecurity felt by some people on zero-hour contracts.However, as their report also explains, the Chartered Institute ...

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Better-Off-Outers have no chance without economics

10 April 2014 - Europe

Whilst supporters of Britain’s exit from the European Union seem to be on a little bit of a roll at the moment, they cannot win a campaign without economics. The TV debates between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage were a resounding success for the UKIP leader. Neither Farage’s conspiracy theories ...

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Thatcherism lives on

08 April 2014 - Politics

In her speech to the Conservative Party Conference in 1986, Margaret Thatcher said:“From France to the Philippines, from Jamaica to Japan, from Malaysia to Mexico, from Sri Lanka to Singapore...The policies we have pioneered are catching on in country after country. We Conservatives believe in popular capitalism—believe in a property-owning ...

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Jobs before wind farms

04 April 2014 - Economy

All of us feel a moral duty to protect our environment for the benefit of future generations.  As Paul Goodman on ConservativeHome wrote, our presumption is to conserve “clean water, clear air, green fields, productive farming, beautiful landscape, fine architecture and the variety and opulence of the animal world around ...

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What happened to the Twin Deficit Hypothesis?

01 April 2014 - Economy

The UK current account deficit was 4.4% of GDP at current market prices in 2013, according to ONS figures released last week. This was an increase on the deficit of 3.8% of GDP in 2012, and whilst the deficit in trade in goods and services improved to 1.6% from 2.1% ...

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Housing benefit reform is working

31 March 2014 - Economy

On Friday, research carried out by the BBC estimated that 6% of the approximately 500,000 social housing tenants subject to the under-occupancy charge have moved house. Let’s be totally clear what this means; social housing tenants of working age with a spare bedroom beyond their requirements face a 14% reduction ...

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Labour is being left behind

25 March 2014 - Economy

Today’s inflation figures show a welcome easing of price pressures. CPI fell to 1.7% in the year to February from 1.9% in January with the largest contribution to the fall coming from motor fuels. RPI fell to 2.7% from 2.8%, CPIH which is consumer price inflation that includes owner occupiers’ ...

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A Norma Desmond Budget?

21 March 2014 - Economy

This article is an excerpt from our fortnightly Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.Norma Desmond’s retort in Sunset Boulevard (“You used to be in silent pictures. You ...

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A welcome and Thatcherite Budget...at times. More please!

19 March 2014 - Economy

Today the Chancellor needed to carry out pro-growth supply side reforms as well as ease the burden on lower and middle income households whilst keeping to the programme of deficit reduction. To a surprisingly large extent, because of the radical savings and pension reform, more income tax cuts and boost ...

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Budget: 101 policies to boost productivity

18 March 2014 - Economy

In the Budget tomorrow, the Chancellor will aim to carry out pro-growth reforms and ease the burden on households at the same time as sticking to the fiscal framework of deficit reduction that he has previously announced. It is therefore essential that he implements policies to improve the UK’s weak ...

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Miliband is fully committed to ever closer union

12 March 2014 - Europe

So Ed Miliband claims in the FT today that he is against ever close union. He also says that if there is a future Treaty change which leads to a new transfer of power from Britain to the EU, then he will hold an IN/OUT referendum on our EU membership.One ...

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Mothers should be free to choose

10 March 2014 - Economy

International Women’s Day on Saturday was an excellent reminder of some of the horrors still inflicted on women and girls throughout the world. Whilst the situation has improved, globally women are still treated as second-class citizens in issues ranging from child marriage to discrimination in the workplace. Even in our ...

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Moral relativism feeds extremism

08 March 2014 - Culture

In his recent column, Boris Johnson makes the point that moral relativism abandons children to the clutches of extremism. He is right.When angry crowds marched through Dhaka last May, we might have assumed that they were protesting against pervasive corruption or were demanding economic reforms after a building collapse disaster ...

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