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  • Inter-state aiding

    Inter-state aiding

    Administrator CPS | | General
    CPS Intern Rupert Eyles reacts to the news that India has set up its own aid agency.This week, India has proposed to set up its own aid agency to distribute $11 billion over the next five to seven years. This despite the fact that according to the ...
  • We have our ways of making you happy

    We have our ways of making you happy

    Tom Burkard | | General
    Following David Cameron's Nov 2010 announcement that he considers it his duty to make us all happy, Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell has just announced that all Whitehall Departments will be instructed to consider the implications for people's happiness when drafting new policies. Children will now ...
  • A tale of two presses

    A tale of two presses

    Jeremy Jennings | | General
    Amidst calls for tougher press regulation in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, Professor Jeremy Jennings takes a look at the repercussions of state involvement in journalism in France.  Towards the end of last May I received a set of proofs for an article on Nicolas ...
  • The Economist's Most Liveable Cities: Bias or prank?

    The Economist's Most Liveable Cities: Bias or prank?

    Yorick Wilks | | General
    Yorick Wilks, Professor of Artificial Intelligence (Emeritus) at the University of Sheffield, examines The Economist's top 10 of the 'World's Most Liveable Cities' list.According to the Economist’s Intelligence Unit, eight of the world’s ten “most liveable cities” are in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, but none are in ...
  • 'Mainstream Euroscepticism' is here

    'Mainstream Euroscepticism' is here

    Lewis Brown | | General
    As Eurozone heads of state gather in Brussels, Lewis James Brown, Web 2.0 Manager at the Centre for Policy Studies, takes a look at recent calls for 'mainstream Euroscepticism' to reform the EU.Many of you will have read with admiration the letter sent by 14 Members of ...
  • News international and market dominance

    News international and market dominance

    Ryan Bourne | | General
    Following the closure of the News of the World, research economist Ryan Bourne examines the consequences for the newspaper industryOver the past two weeks, much has been said about the ‘market dominance’ of Rupert Murdoch’s news operations. But is this justified? To assert that an individual ...
  • The 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture by Sir Max Hastings

    The 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture by Sir Max Hastings

    Lewis Brown | | General
    Lewis Brown, Web 2.0 Manager at the Centre for Policy Studies, takes a look at the key points of the 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture on UK-US ties. Earlier this week, the Centre for Policy Studies was privileged to have prominent historian Sir Max Hastings deliver the 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture in honour of ...
  • What bothers me about the phone hacking coverage

    What bothers me about the phone hacking coverage

    Ryan Bourne | | General
    Another day, and yet again pretty much wall-to-wall coverage of the phone hacking scandal. Though personally I am growing tired of the story, there is no doubt that it is engaging political theatre. As Andrew Neil said last night on This Week, “even the Coronation Street ...
  • A healthy cross border balance

    A healthy cross border balance

    Lucy Gilchrist | | General
    As the Prime Minister joined the election campaign trail in Scotland yesterday, I was reminded of the schism between devolved policy areas in Holyrood and Westminster.  The mutual respect agenda, advocated by David Cameron himself, includes not just recognition for policies differing north and south ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Wha's like us?

    Wha's like us?

    Lucy Gilchrist | | General
    In celebrating Burns night we are reminded of Scottish matters and the 2011 Holyrood election results may well cause more of a political shockwave than the AV referendum, not least as the outcome of the latter already seems like a foregone conclusion.With the fourth Scottish Parliamentary ...