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  • Some thoughts on David Cameron's speech

    Some thoughts on David Cameron's speech

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    There’s something about the Manchester conference hall which makes all of the speeches seem much flatter than in Birmingham. Perhaps it’s the acoustics or the more tiered layout in Brum. Regardless, the speeches in the main conference all seemed more low-key than last year. And in terms of a piece ...
  • Conservatives should react to Miliband’s socialism with a pro-market, rather than a pro-business, agenda

    Conservatives should react to Miliband’s socialism with a pro-market, rather than a pro-business, agenda

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    Prior to Ed Miliband’s speech, I wrote an article for City AM which argued that the policies emanating from the Labour conference were distinctly small steps onto the socialist path. Well, that was until I heard Ed Miliband’s speech. Then I realised that what he said were particularly large steps ...
  • The Crown Prosecution Service should stick to the law and not choose which ones to enforce

    The Crown Prosecution Service should stick to the law and not choose which ones to enforce

    Laura Perrins | | Politics
    Laura Perrins is a former barrister and part-time Teaching Fellow in criminal law at University College London. You can follow her on Twitter @LPerrins. The Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to prosecute ‘doctors who agreed to arrange illegal abortions based on the sex of the unborn baby’ (as reported in ...
  • Sir John Armitt and the problem of government infrastructure planning

    Sir John Armitt and the problem of government infrastructure planning

    George Bathurst | | Politics
    George Bathurst is a Conservative councillor for Windsor, Lead Member for Policy & Performance at RBWM and one of the organisers of the 2nd Conservative Renewal Conference. Tickets are on sale at www.conservativerenewal.org. George is on Twitter, as is the Conference itself.Sir John Armitt has today published an ‘independent’ review of the ...
  • The increasingly important role of the internet in politics

    The increasingly important role of the internet in politics

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    Over the past few years, Conservative MP Douglas Carswell has continually predicted a revolution in the way politics is undertaken given the rise of the internet. In a recent Spectator blog, he wrote: "Politics in the West, I speculate in my book on iDemocracy published last year, is going to ...
  • Why Mrs Thatcher wasn’t a feminist

    Why Mrs Thatcher wasn’t a feminist

    Belinda Brown | | Politics
    Belinda Brown is a fellow at the Young Foundation and honorary research associate at University College London. Mrs Thatcher has often come under the spotlight for her relationship to feminism and other women. She has been described as “a man in skirts” who would not appoint another woman to cabinet, for ...
  • Memories of Lady Thatcher

    Memories of Lady Thatcher

    Jenny Nicholson | | Politics
    CPS Deputy Director Jenny Nicholson writes about attending Lady Thatcher's funeral and her memories of meeting the former Prime Minister. An old friend reminded me of the first time I had met Lady Thatcher.  We were working for a firm of publishers and to supplement our income we washed up at ...
  • The derivation of “There is no such thing as society”

    The derivation of “There is no such thing as society”

    Tim Knox | | Politics
    CPS Director Tim Knox writes on the origin of arguably Lady Thatcher's most famous, and most mischaracterised, quote. Opinion pollsters know that they can never ask the question which they often most want to ask: “why do you say that?”Why? Because those five words can be interpreted in five subtly different ...
  • Remembrance Sunday is not a time for student politics

    Remembrance Sunday is not a time for student politics

    Adam Memon | | Politics
    Remembrance Sunday is the one day of the year when we stand together to honour the millions of British and Commonwealth men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We remember the families of those who were killed; we remember those who were maimed and injured in ...
  • What chance the Big Society?

    What chance the Big Society?

    Jeremy Jennings | | Politics
    My guess is that supporters of the CPS are not greatly interested in the Big Society. I might be wrong, but I suspect that for most the priorities lie in limiting the activities of the state, cutting taxation, and reducing the deficit. Ending big government rather than crafting the big ...
  • All over the place

    All over the place

    Kieron O'Hara | | Politics
    Perhaps more than at any other point in modern memory, the Conservative movement is being pulled in many different directions. How can these competing political voices coalesce into one successful vision for the Party as a whole? Dr Kieron O’Hara explores the various strands of thought. Conservative politics are all over ...
  • Politicians shouldn’t be afraid of the battle of ideas

    Politicians shouldn’t be afraid of the battle of ideas

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    Head of Economic Research Ryan Bourne examines the 'Battle for the Centre Ground' both here and in the US, and commends Mitt Romney's choice of Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan as the chance for a real debate about America's future. For years the political debate both here and in the US has ...
  • Tax avoidance is not immoral

    Tax avoidance is not immoral

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    David Cameron appears to have opened a huge can of worms by claiming that Jimmy Carr’s ‘tax avoidance’ is immoral. If it’s found that what he did was, in fact, within the law, this will have huge implications for the future of the tax debate in the UK.Carr is, of ...
  • The Queen's Speech - some thoughts

    The Queen's Speech - some thoughts

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    The Queen’s Speech was somewhat anti-climactic. There was a distinct lack of, or lack of detail on, supply-side measures needed to enhance our economic growth rate. These events are always suitably vague, so this was largely to be expected. But the Speech seemed to lack a coherent vision or theme ...
  • Can the 'four wise persons' pass the Hitchens test?

    Can the 'four wise persons' pass the Hitchens test?

    Kieron O'Hara | | Politics
    In his Sunday Telegraph column, Matthew d’Ancona argues that David Cameron needs to pass what he calls the Christopher Hitchens test.Hitchens was conspicuously uninterested in the PM and all his works, regarding him, it seemed, as one of the less engaging characters his beloved Bertie Wooster might have bumped into ...