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Blogs by Jennifer Speedie

  • What We Need is a Flexible Migration System, Not an Arbitrary Target

    What We Need is a Flexible Migration System, Not an Arbitrary Target

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    With Brexit on the horizon, the age-old immigration debate has been a prime focus of the upcoming general election. During both the 2010 and 2015 election campaigns, David Cameron pledged to cut net migration down to the “tens of thousands”, a target viewed by many as overly-ambitious and unrealistic. Even ...
  • Will reversing Capital Gains Tax cuts do more harm than good?

    Will reversing Capital Gains Tax cuts do more harm than good?

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    Earlier this week, Jeremy Corbyn made a pledge to introduce 10,000 new police officers in England and Wales, the equivalent of one new police officer for every electoral ward. In a bid to finance the expansion in law enforcement, Labour has revealed plans to reverse cuts to Capital Gains Tax ...
  • May’s chance to abolish the Carbon Price Floor and help the JAMs

    May’s chance to abolish the Carbon Price Floor and help the JAMs

    | Energy
    In 2016, Theresa May pledged that the Conservative party would “put [themselves] at the service of ordinary, working people and...strive to make Britain a country that works for everyone – regardless of where they’re from”. The upcoming General Election, set to be held for 8th June, provides the perfect opportunity ...
  • Implications of the new ‘Gig Economy’

    Implications of the new ‘Gig Economy’

    | Economy
    In recent years, there has been a shift away from traditional 9-5 working hours with self-employed workers now making up 15% of the workforce and over 900,000 people working under zero-hours contracts. This rise in the ‘gig’ economy, defined as a ‘labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts ...
  • What hand should the Government play in the foreign takeover of British firms?

    What hand should the Government play in the foreign takeover of British firms?

    | Trade
    Recent failed attempts by Kraft Heinz to bid successfully on UK giant, Unilever, have reignited debate over the Government’s role in the foreign takeover of UK firms. The takeover of iconic British firm Cadbury by American giant Kraft Foods in 2010 sparked controversy, with many calling for Government intervention in ...