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Gawain Towler - Politics

In this pamphlet, Gawain Towler explains why Conservative membership of the EPP in the European Parliament is not in the interests of Britain or the increasingly eurosceptic party.

Poor People! Stop Paying Tax!

Poor People! Stop Paying Tax!

Maurice Saatchi and Peter Warburton - Economy

In this paper, the authors argue that it is time to take millions out of paying income tax by raising the personal allowance to £10,000.

Towards Smaller Government

Towards Smaller Government

Lord Blackwell - Public Services

In his report, 'Towards Smaller Government', Lord Blackwell argues that there should be a big shift towards smaller government, with private companies providing better opportunities in institutions such as health care and education.

European Tx Harmonisation: the impending threat

European Tx Harmonisation: the impending threat

Theresa Villiers MEP - Economy

In this report, Theresa Villiers MEP highlights the concerted efforts at EU level for tax harmonisation across VAT, income taxes and corporate taxes.

Miracle or Mirage?

Miracle or Mirage?

Keith Marsden - Economy

In this paper, Keith Marsden explains why Gordon Brown's economic performance as Chancellor is far less favourable than the headlines suggest.

Can Consignia Deliver? & Simplicity and Stability

Can Consignia Deliver? & Simplicity and Stability

Stuart Lyons and Lord Howe - Economy

In these two pieces, Stuart Lyons explains how the Post Office could be privatised, while Lord Howe explores two key principles of a good long-term tax system.

Unlocking Growth

Unlocking Growth

Patrick Burgess -

In this paper, Patrick Burgess examines proposals to exapnd venture capital investment activity in the UK.

Funding the Basic State Pension

Funding the Basic State Pension

Norman Blackwell - Economy

The report of the Independent Panel on Pension Reform.

Ofcom is Watching You

Ofcom is Watching You

George Trefgarne - Media & Technology

In this paper, George Trefgarne examines the implications of the establishment of Ofcom.

Limits to EU Integration (The Fifth Keith Joseph Memorial Lecture)

Limits to EU Integration (The Fifth Keith Joseph Memorial Lecture)

Lord Owen - Foreign Policy

Lord Owen delivers the fifth Keith Joseph Memorial Lecture, where he proposes eight amendments to the Union Treaties to ensure national sovereignty, as well as the growth of a more dynamic Europe, in Limits to EU Integration.

A Raw Deal for Lone Parents: Evaluating the Evidence

A Raw Deal for Lone Parents: Evaluating the Evidence

David Willetts MP and Nicholas Hillman - Social Policy

Gordon brown announced the New Deal for Lone Parents in his July 1997 Budget. Harriet Harman, then Secretary of State for Social Security, claimed ‘nearly all lone parents want to work… They want to work, not despite their children, but because of them’… we will hope lone mothers get off benefit and into work’.

The Betrayed Generations - Standards in British Schools 1950-2000

The Betrayed Generations - Standards in British Schools 1950-2000

JOHN MARKS - Public Services

OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS education has risen up the political agenda in Britain primarily because of widespread concern about low standards. There are enormous variations in standards from school to school – even with schools of the same type in similar areas.

The great and good? The rise of the new class

The great and good? The rise of the new class

Martin McElwee - General

The Prime Minister has a vision of a New Britain. Central to this vision is the creation of a “New Class”, a new elite placed in positions of authority, who will propagate the new spirit of the age and spread the principles of the Third Way across Britain.

Unfair Funding

Unfair Funding

Nick Seaton - Public Services

In October 1996, the Centre for Policy Studies published the first ever tables of school funding.

The Bad Samaritan: The War of Independence Part Two

The Bad Samaritan: The War of Independence Part Two

Maurice Saatchi and Peter Warburton - Economy

What to do? The War of Independence: a Declaration proposed by a radical reform of the tax and benefit system. The plan was to raise the income threshold, below which people do not pay tax, from its present level of £4,300 to £15,000.