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  • 8 questions for Chris Leslie on productivity

    8 questions for Chris Leslie on productivity

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    At the Labour Party Conference in Manchester, I took part in a panel debate on Labour’s approach to manufacturing and business more generally. The panel included Chris Leslie, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury who talked about Britain’s weak productivity and the need to find ways to increase it in ...
  • Either Miliband is stupid (he isn't) or he thinks we are

    Either Miliband is stupid (he isn't) or he thinks we are

    Tim Knox | | Tax
    Ed Miliband has today pledged to increase spending on the NHS if successful in next year’s general election. Already costing £113bn in 2013/2014, the NHS has attracted much criticism regarding its inefficiency and expense.The Labour leader has explained that his party’s further increase in NHS spending will be funded by ...
  • Is the US priming the Saudi Oil Weapon?

    Is the US priming the Saudi Oil Weapon?

    Neil Barnett | | Energy
    In March the Centre for Policy Studies published my paper, Deploying the Saudi Oil Weapon Against Russia. The report suggested that the best means of stopping Russian aggression in Ukraine was for Saudi Arabia to increase oil production and depress oil prices. The logic behind the strategy is that Russia ...
  • Bluff and bluster from the SNP

    Bluff and bluster from the SNP

    Tim Morgan | | Economy
    In a paper released today, Oil, Finance and Pensions: why Scots should say No, leading economist Tim Morgan has identified three major risks in the event that the Scots vote “yes” to independence.In response to the report’s evidence, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has attacked the credibility of its author, ...
  • Can satire beat real life?

    Can satire beat real life?

    Tim Knox | | Culture
    I have just been sent, by Clapham Picturehouse, an invitation to “In Conversation with Russell Brand: a frank discussion between Russell Brand and the Guardian’s renowned journalist and commentator Owen Jones”.While it is wonderful that political debate, wherever it is on the political spectrum, is broadcast to a wide audience, ...
  • Illness as a career choice

    Illness as a career choice

    Administrator CPS | | Social Policy
    The author is a physician with a practice in the North-West.It is vital that those suffering from disabling health conditions are well supported by the welfare system. However it is my belief that in some cases well-meaning welfare provisions can end up having severe unintended consequences.As a physician I have ...