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The Sins of Legislation

Jeremy Jennings - 30 December 2012 - 2013 Policy Resolutions

In the lead up to the new year, six authors connected with the CPS will outline a policy resolution they would like to see adopted by the government in 2013. Today, Professor Jeremy Jennings proposes reducing our level of legislative activity. Yesterday, Ryan Bourne wrote about renewing calls for deregulation.Towards the end ...

More on Deregulation

Ryan Bourne - 29 December 2012 - 2013 Policy Resolutions

In the lead up to the new year, six authors connected with the CPS will outline a policy resolution they would like to see adopted by the government in 2013. Today, Ryan Bourne talks about deregulation. Yesterday, Dominic Raab MP wrote about reviving Young Apprenticeships.It almost sounds cliché now to talk about deregulation as ...

Reviving Young Apprenticeships

Dominic Raab - 28 December 2012 - 2013 Policy Resolutions

In the lead up to the new year, six authors connected with the CPS will outline a policy resolution they would like to see adopted by the government in 2013. Today, Dominic Raab MP talks about reviving the Young Apprenticeship programme polited under Labour. Yesterday, Lord Flight wrote about funding for ...

Paying for Road Infrastructure Investment

Lord Flight - 27 December 2012 - 2013 Policy Resolutions

Over the next five days, six authors connected with the CPS will outline a policy resolution they would like to see adopted by the government in 2013. Today, Lord Flight talks about funding new roads. Tomorrow's second instalment is written by Dominic Raab MP.There are roads all over the country, ...

As a small ‘c’ conservative, I couldn’t support Alec Shelbrooke’s welfare cash card idea

Ryan Bourne - 20 December 2012 - Social Policy

Several people have asked what I make of Alec Shelbrooke’s idea for a Welfare Cash Card. The Tory MP introduced a 10 minute rule bill to the House of Commons on Tuesday, which suggested that a cash card could be designed such that welfare recipients could not spend their state ...

11 Reasons to be Full of Festive Cheer

Ryan Bourne - 20 December 2012 - Economy

This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page. “There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” At the Centre for ...

The Depardieu Lounge… France’s wealth exodus has begun and we must take note

Lewis Brown - 14 December 2012 - Economy

One of France’s most recognisable actors, Gérard Depardieu, has left his mother country for new dwellings. No, he’s not off to marry Andie McDowell to get an American Green Card, this is real life and the Cyrano de Bergerac actor has moved to a Belgian town 800 metres from the ...

HASC’s helpful hand to the drugs legalising lobby is discreditable. But don’t expect the BBC to point this out

Kathy Gyngell - 12 December 2012 - Prisons & Addiction

With the publication of their “Breaking the Cycle” report, the Home Affairs Select Committee has thrown its weight behind the reverse case – the case for increasing demand and, in time, for the legalisation of all drugs in the UK, writes CPS Addiction expert Kathy Gyngell. Far from ‘Breaking the Cycle’ of ...

Canada’s Tiny Perfect Central Banker

Philip Cross - 11 December 2012 - Economy

Philip Cross, Research Coordinator at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and the former Chief Economic Analyst at Statistics Canada, follows up his blog on the legacy of Mark Carney in Canada with an in-depth examination of his reputation as the 'perfect' central banker.     The best friend of the victorious Roman generals ...

Technology – a friend or foe?

Vuk Vukovic - 10 December 2012 - Economy

Vuk Vukovic, lecturer of Political Economy and Principles of Economics at the Department of Economics, Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM), writes on the impact of technology on labour. Ever since Ned Ludd and the Luddites, and their 19th century “rage against the machine”, there has been a persistent notion that technological ...

More Barber than Howe?

Tim Knox - 07 December 2012 - Economy

This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page. After two and a half years in office, Mrs Thatcher’s government had abolished exchange ...

Just 6% of the public realise debt is ballooning in this Parliament

Ryan Bourne - 04 December 2012 - Economy

Remember our Distorted Debate paper from earlier this year? In it we reported some remarkable polling which we'd undertaken with ComRes. It was interesting in that it asked people what they thought the Coalition planned to do to the national debt, as opposed to asking their opinion on some policy ...

The public don’t seem to think that giving money to HMRC is inherently moral

Ryan Bourne - 04 December 2012 - Economy

Yesterday the debate about tax avoidance took a new turn as Starbucks buckled to the anti-avoidance campaigners, in effect deciding they would start paying more tax than was legally due (presumably because of the risk of lower sales due to brand tarnishing). Why this ‘tax system by witch hunt’ should ...

Alexis de Tocqueville goes to China!

Jeremy Jennings - 03 December 2012 - China

Professor Jeremy Jennings is Director of the Centre for the Study of Political Thought at Queen Mary, University of London. His latest works are 'Revolution and the Republic: A History of Political Thought in France' published by Oxford University Press and his edition of Destutt de Tracy's 'A Treatise on ...

Independent experts and 'evidence-based policy'

Ryan Bourne - 29 November 2012 - Constitution & Democracy

One of the common devices used to shut down modern political debate is to defer to the experts. ‘Experts’ say we should eat less salt. So government should act to regulate salt content in food. ‘Experts’ say we are drinking too much. So government should impose a minimum alcohol price. ...

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