Blogs by Lewis Brown

Lewis  Brown

Lewis Brown

Lewis joined the Centre for Policy Studies in April 2011 with responsibility for social media and digital engagement.

Universal free school meals are a Lib Dem leftover that need binning

08 October 2015 - Public Services

A version of this article appeared in Nursery World magazine.‘Universal free school meals’ is one of those evocative policy ideas that well-intentioned do-gooders insist is vital in improving the attainment of young pupils. The reaction to their proposed withdrawal is reminiscent of the early 1970s when then-education secretary Margaret Thatcher ...


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

30 April 2015 - 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 ...


Capitalism is making the world a better place, but the stall of democratic freedom is a threat

04 February 2015 - Foreign Policy

The excellent Freedom in the World report, published annually by Freedom House, is an important indicator of the state of liberty in the world. And its verdict this year is a damning, if unsurprising, indictment of increasingly reactionary states:“In a year marked by an explosion of terrorist violence, autocrats’ use ...


6 studies that demonstrate why small government is best

12 November 2014 - Economy

Support for rational evidence based policy making is in short supply at the Home Office, according to recently-departed Liberal Democrat Minister Norman Baker MP.It is a familiar call – that ideological politicians and policymakers push aside their prejudice and instead follow the proven evidence of what works, as if it's ...


Labour apply same old tactics to the Premier League

24 July 2014 - Politics

One of my favourite pointless debates in football is about the best own goal ever scored.  There are a number of candidates: Frank Sinclair and Jamie Carragher were masters of putting the ball in their own net, Peter Enckelman missing the ball completely against hated rivals Birmingham, Djimi Traore’s beautiful ...


Tech, not taxes, will save us

08 July 2014 - Environment

This year we commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It is also 100 years since the birth of Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution and quite probably the man who saved a billion lives.There are many who argue persuasively that our environmental problems ...


Austerity and the Productivity Puzzle

07 July 2014 - Economy

This article originally appeared in the University of Warwick's Lacuna magazine as a contribution to a series on 'Austerity and Prosperity'.I have a problem with austerity. My problem lies not with the modest programme of spending restraint being carried out by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in the United Kingdom ...


We need more female MPs - but all-women shortlists are morally wrong

09 May 2014 - Politics

Earlier today I was on LBC Radio with Iain Dale to discuss Nick Clegg’s proposals for all-women shortlists. It is an interesting dilemma. The first question to ask is simple - do we have a problem? Absolutely we do.The general population is 52% female, yet only 147 of 650 MPs – ...


Return of the WIDGs

05 February 2014 -

Last year I wrote about the ‘well-intentioned do-gooders’ who seek to ‘save us’ by inhibiting our right to make choices about our lifestyle. As I said, it is not an uncommon theme and several stories from the last couple of weeks continue in the same vein.First we had Labour’s amendment to the ...


CPS Heathrow proposal shortlisted by Davies Commission

17 December 2013 -

Heathrow Hub’s innovative proposal for the Northern runway at Heathrow Airport was today shortlisted by the Davies Commission on airport capacity.The idea of extending the runway and splitting it into two was first proposed in the Centre for Policy Studies report “Double up on Heathrow”.The report authors Captain Jock Lowe ...


Who will save us from the well-intentioned do-gooders?

18 November 2013 - Social Policy

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who ...


Something scary is happening in this country

30 October 2013 - Constitution & Democracy

North Korea is a scary place that we too often write off as a laugh. That was the conclusion of Ian Birrell’s excellent Guardian article on the horrors of North Korea. It made you reflect upon your own lax attitude to the comical but deadly regime.Of course, finding the humour ...


25 years on: the Bruges Speech

20 September 2013 - Europe

25 years ago today, Margaret Thatcher delivered her speech to the College of Europe, more famously known as "The Bruges Speech", at the Bruges Belfrey. WATCH:  Full text courtesy of The Thatcher Foundation. 


Mr. Chairman, you have invited me to speak on the subject of Britain and Europe. ...


A baby’s birth doesn't guarantee republicans airtime

23 July 2013 - Media & Technology

Naturally you would expect republican blues at a time of joyous national celebration of the monarchy - we’ve seen it all before when the vast majority of the nation (and much of the world) went wild for the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee.But there is a different kind of melancholy ...


Professor Kenneth Minogue

01 July 2013 - History

Professor Kenneth Minogue, political philosophy heavyweight and CPS Board Member for 26 years, sadly died on Friday 28 June 2013. Read his highly influential CPS papers "The Egalitarian Conceit" and "The Constitutional Mania". You can also listen to Prof. Minogue on his involvement with the CPS, where he had this to say ...