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  • Ed Miliband's Relaunch: Zero Credibility, Zero Ideas

    Ed Miliband's Relaunch: Zero Credibility, Zero Ideas

    Adam Memon | | Politics
    Ed Miliband’s latest leadership relaunch today was unfortunately devoid of any new ideas or credibility. His speech, based on the idea that Britain has become a zero-zero economy, shows that he understands neither poverty nor prosperity.Follow @CPSThinkTankMiliband’s proposals on the minimum wage and zero-hours ...
  • Occupy London: giving civil liberties a bad name

    Occupy London: giving civil liberties a bad name

    Matthew Rees | | Politics
    Anyone who has walked out of Westminster tube station this week may well have been greeted with the sight of protesters, makeshift fences and a sizeable police presence in Parliament Square. Many of these protesters have responded to calls from 'Occupy London', a movement which describes itself as representing the “UK ...
  • Labour apply same old tactics to the Premier League

    Labour apply same old tactics to the Premier League

    Lewis Brown | | 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 ...
  • Thatcher's central idea was liberty

    Thatcher's central idea was liberty

    Benjamin Judge | | Politics
    Last Wednesday, the great nucleus of the City of London, the Guildhall, saw over 700 people attend the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty, marking the 40th year since the Centre for Policy Studies was founded by Lady Thatcher and Sir Keith Joseph. The day’s focus was ‘liberty’, a word seemingly ...
  • We need Free Market Feminism

    We need Free Market Feminism

    Louisa Townson | | Politics
    Women in the UK have much to celebrate. At 67.7%, we currently have the highest rate of female employment since ONS records began, the proportion of women on FTSE 100 boards has topped 20 per cent for the first time and women are now racing ahead in the education stakes, with women ...
  • We need more female MPs - but all-women shortlists are morally wrong

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

    Lewis Brown | | 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 – ...
  • Thatcherism lives on

    Thatcherism lives on

    Adam Memon | | 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 ...
  • 9 reasons the Lib Dems are wrong on school meals

    9 reasons the Lib Dems are wrong on school meals

    Adam Memon | | Politics
    Reports earlier this year about problems with the Lib Dem policy of providing taxpayer funded school meals for all children aged 5-7 have highlighted further issues with the idea. The policy is due to begin later this year but here are 9 more problems.
      Disproportionately benefits children from families with higher ...
  • Ed Miliband is no Margaret Thatcher

    Ed Miliband is no Margaret Thatcher

    Adam Memon | | Politics
    Having already declared himself the successor to Benjamin Disraeli, Ed Miliband has apparently now stated his intention to follow the example of Margaret Thatcher. Miliband’s socialism is the antithesis of the philosophy of individual freedom, small government and national sovereignty which Margaret Thatcher espoused. Such a comparison, whether it is ...
  • Will Bob Crow pay us back our £200 million?

    Will Bob Crow pay us back our £200 million?

    Adam Memon | | Politics
    Despite valiant efforts to mitigate the impact, the upcoming tube strikes will undoubtedly damage London’s economy. A small number of commuters may not be able to make it into work at all and many will be late arriving because of longer tube journeys or having to take replacement bus services ...
  • Appointing a Pub Tsar

    Appointing a Pub Tsar

    Keith Boyfield | | Politics
    Calls for a statutory code for pubcos and a 'Pub Tsar' are another potentially damaging manifestation of politicians wanting to be seen to be doing something, writes CPS Research Fellow Keith Boyfield. MPs of all parties are demonstrating a new-found interest in being photographed at their local pub. What explains this ...
  • Scruton on conservatism

    Scruton on conservatism

    Kieron O'Hara | | Politics
    Inspired by philosopher Roger Scruton's vision for modern conservatism, Dr. Kieron O'Hara writes on why we need a Conservative Party that appeals to a wider constituency, while maintaining the essential principles of liberty, personal responsibility and a smaller state.Given that conservatives are supposedly the ‘stupid party’, it’s extraordinary what a depth ...
  • Is greed good?

    Is greed good?

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    Much has been said already about Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture for us earlier this week. One of the main contentions seems to be Boris’s comments on the word “greed”. You wouldn’t think it from the media coverage it received, but this actually came in a section in which he ...
  • Zero hour contracts: another area where the busybodies have got it wrong

    Zero hour contracts: another area where the busybodies have got it wrong

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    I’ve been working in Westminster for close to three years now, and it feels like the longer I’ve been here, the more libertarian I become. Not necessarily because my views about the role of government have changed, but because more and more issues are being drawn into the realm of ...
  • Right about quite a lot

    Right about quite a lot

    Tim Knox | | Politics
    In a typically excellent article in The Times this morning (subtitled “The Right has been vindicated on energy taxes, Europe and government debt”), Tim Montgomerie asked three rhetorical questions. Breaking Ronald Reagan’s cardinal rule of politics (“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you ...