Blogs by Lewis Brown

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Lewis Brown

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

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 – ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. 

BRITAIN AND EUROPE

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Paying a fair share? London's top Boroughs and stamp duty

18 February 2013 -

In his Times article this morning calling for Conservatives to support a Mansion Tax, Tim Montgomerie cited Savills Research data that shows the top 10 London Borough's now equals that of the entire non-English United Kingdom;"The value of properties in London’s ten top boroughs now equals the entire property stocks of Wales, Scotland ...

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The Coalition's taxes and the need for supply-side reform

31 January 2013 - Economy

Earlier this week, our friends at the Taxpayers’ Alliance revealed that the Coalition has been responsible for a net 180 tax rises since it came to power.This breaks down to:299 separate tax rises already implemented or planned before May 2015.

  • Of this, 254 separate tax rises have already been implemented since ...

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National security is paramount but ‘secret courts’ are an illiberal attack on British justice

29 January 2013 - Constitution & Democracy

Writing for the LibDemVoice website, Lewis Brown examines why the LibDems should welcome Andrew Tyrie and Anthony Peto's report 'Neither Just nor Secure'. In September 2012, the Liberal Democrat Conference voted overwhelmingly against the most contentious aspect of the government’s Justice and Security Bill - the extension of ‘secret courts’, otherwise ...

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Freedom of speech and an end to prosecuting every idiot with a Twitter account

02 January 2013 - 2013 Policy Resolutions

With the new year here, six authors connected with the CPS outline a policy resolution they would like to see adopted by the government in 2013. In the final instalment, CPS social media manager Lewis Brown looks at why the most repugnant social media controversies are in many ways the ...

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