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Essential Services - Whose Rights?

Essential Services - Whose Rights?

Sir Leonard Neal, Lionel Bloch and Cyril Grunfeld - General

The right of employees to withdraw their labour in an organised fashion was achieved slowly and, it must be admitted, sometimes painfully during the nineteenth century and in the first years of this century. The background was one in which employees individually worked at a great economic disadvantage vis-à-vis the employer, and one in which some employers were willing to exploit their advantage.

Making it Work: The future of the European Community

Making it Work: The future of the European Community

CPS - General

The purpose of this Paper is to try to establish what kind of European Community Britain should be working to bring about in the next 20 years or so. It seeks to provide an answer to two broad questions: what realistically can Britain and her Partners hope to achieve in the longer term though membership of the Community; and what changes or developments and needed in the Community for those hopes to be realised?

Property and Poverty: and agenda for the mid-80s

Property and Poverty: and agenda for the mid-80s

Ferdinand Mount - General

Let us start with a little vignette. The scene is the Cabinet Room. The date is 18 October 1945. The new Labour government is less than three months old. And the Cabinet is meeting to hear Mr Bevan;s proposals to take the hospitals into public ownership. Nothing so odd about that, you might say. We all knew that Labour nationalised health.

The New Corruption

The New Corruption

Charles Goodson-Wickes - General

This report analyses some of the disturbing trends which have emerged recently in Local Government, which have serious implications for democracy in Britain. Indeed, the combination of these trends may be so sinister as to warrant the description, “The New Corruption”.

Wages Need No Councils

Wages Need No Councils

Russell Lewis - General

A government that has set its face against incomes policies in any form has left untouched in striking anomaly; the wages councils. These still regulate, though not with excessive zeal. The wages of nearly three million workers: about one worker in every eight.

Which Direction? Board Appointments in Nationalised Industries

Which Direction? Board Appointments in Nationalised Industries

CPS - General

Inadequate salaries and continued governmental intervention in the running of nationalised industries have actively discouraged able men from accepting senior management responsibility in the nationalised industries. The temptation to blame defective management and disruptive workforces for all the ills of nationalisation frequently disguises the fact that governments are at least equally responsible for the plight of ailing state industries.

BL: Changing Gear

BL: Changing Gear

CPS - General

Between 1975, when the Company became state-aided, and in January 1983, BL received £2,051m from the Government. Except for the loans from the NEB which were subsequently converted into equity and the stake in Wholesale Vehicle Finance Ltd. Neither interest nor dividend has been paid on this sum.

Personal and Portable Pensions – For All

Personal and Portable Pensions – For All

CPS - General

There should be a fundamental review of pension legislation to remove the penalty on changing jobs, to aid mobility and to link individuals more closely with the wealth represented by their pension fund.

Power to the People!

Power to the People!

Anthony Flew - Public Services

It is neither a new nor a difficult notion. Education vouchers, perhaps better called education allowances, are on old and simple suggestion. Yet it is a suggestion offering quite enormous promise. There is no doubt that today and in our country this idea is an idea whose time has come.

The case for the round reading room

The case for the round reading room

Hugh Thomas - Public Services

In this paper I argue that the nation would be best served by amending the present plans for a monumental new British library. My suggestion is that the Library should limit itself to carrying out a modified version of its first stage as announced by the then Secretary of State for Education and Science in March 1979, approved by the then Minister for the Arts in November 1980, and embarked upon in 1982.

The Inner London Education Authority after the Abolition of the Greater London Council

The Inner London Education Authority after the Abolition of the Greater London Council

John McIntosh, Frederick Naylor and Laurence Norcross - Public Services

In January 1981 two of the present authors wrote a report for the CPS, The Inner London Education Authority: A Case for Reform. In it they trace the development of the ILEA since it was set up under the London government act of 1963, looked at its composition and constitution, drew attention to a number of features which caused concern, concluded that there was need for reform and ended by putting forward recommendations.

The “Right to Strike” in a Free Society

The “Right to Strike” in a Free Society

CPS - General

The right of employees to withdraw their labour in an organised fashion was achieved slowly and it must be admitted, sometimes painfully during the nineteenth century and in the first years of this century. The background was one in which employees individually worked at great economic disadvantages vis-à-vis the employer and one in which some employers were willing to exploit their advantage.

What we ought to do about the Soviet Threat

What we ought to do about the Soviet Threat

CPS - Foreign Policy

The fundamental reason why the Soviet Union represents a permanent threat to the freedom of the British and other western peoples in the nature of the Soviet regime itself.

Worried to Death

Worried to Death

Teresa Gorman and Russell Lewis - General

After one of the greatest election triumphs in history, the Conservatives return to Government to attend, we hope, with renewed vigour to some important unfinished business.

Airports UK: A Policy for the UK’s Civil Airports

Airports UK: A Policy for the UK’s Civil Airports

Michael Colvin MP, Graham Bright MP and Christopher Thompson - General

This pamphlet offers a new analysis of the problems facing Britain’s airports system. It shows how state control has led to an inefficient use of resources with passenger capacity under pressure in the London area and in excess everywhere else. It explains how the British Airports Authority uses its monopoly position to raise charges to the airlines and their passengers to fund its development programme, including the costly proposals for expansion at Stanstead, and why no positive regional strategy has yet been produced.