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Who do they think we are? Government’s hidden agenda to control our lives

Who do they think we are? Government’s hidden agenda to control our lives

JILL KIRBY - General

The proposed introduction of ID cards for British citizens in 2011 represents only the tip of an iceberg of personal information which the Government is collecting.

Towards a Gold Standard for craft: Guaranteeing professional apprenticeships

Towards a Gold Standard for craft: Guaranteeing professional apprenticeships

John Hayes MP and Dr Scott Kelly - General

‘Apprenticeship’ is an estimable brand, historically valued by employers, attractive to young people and assumed by the wider public to confer a high level of competence.

The Localism Papers 6 Direct diplomacy

The Localism Papers 6 Direct diplomacy

Direct Democracy - General

It can be argued that diplomacy is different from other areas of policy.

Three Cheers for Selection: How grammar schools help the poor

Three Cheers for Selection: How grammar schools help the poor

LORD BLACKWELL - General

IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, Britain cannot afford to educate its people less well than the best in other countries. We have to educate everyone well, and our most able brains superbly well, if we are to compete globally with educated people from the rest of the developed world and perhaps particularly from the emerging new economies in the east.

The Larceny of the Lottery Fund

The Larceny of the Lottery Fund

Ruth Lea - General

Ruth Lea looks at the Lottery Fund and investigates the distribution and funds and its overall organisation in The Larceny of The Lottery Fund. With a foreword by former British Prime Minister, Sir John Major.

The Leviathan is still at large: a report by the CPS review team

The Leviathan is still at large: a report by the CPS review team

CPS REVIEW TEAM - General

This report is a digest of the open, and often personal views of senior figures, including those representing Trade Associations, across the financial services industry.

If this is Conservatism, I am a Conservative

If this is Conservatism, I am a Conservative

MAURICE SAATCHI - General

Lord Saatchi on why the Conservative Party should ditch pragmatism and (re)discover idealism.

Seeking the common ground

Seeking the common ground

Janet Daley - General

The Centre for Policy Studies is facilitating a series of meetings, gathering together Conservatives from all points of view within the Party along with representatives from interested think tanks, to discuss the future of Tory philosophy and strategy.

A failure to act inspired by political cowardice?

A failure to act inspired by political cowardice?

Sir Bernard Ingham - General

It cannot be ignorance. Ministers and officials know the score about Britain’s precarious energy supplies. If their failure to act – as distinct from appointing inquiries – is because of complacency, it is risk-taking to the point of recklessness. Many suspect the real reason that prevents them from “selling” the need for nuclear power to safeguard future supplies of electricity at a reasonable cost is political cowardice born of political correctness.

Gordon Brown’s Boasts How well has the Chancellor Really performed?

Gordon Brown’s Boasts How well has the Chancellor Really performed?

Keith Marsden - General

As his time in office lengthens, Gordon Brown appears increasingly proud about his achievements as Chancellor of the Exchequer. At the same time, he is happy to denigrate the performance of his rivals and predecessors. But how sustainable are the Chancellor’s claims?

Mr Blair’s Poodle goes to War - The House of Commons, Congress and Iraq

Mr Blair’s Poodle goes to War - The House of Commons, Congress and Iraq

Andrew Tyrie MP - General

Britain became a democracy in the twentieth century, but in the twenty-first it still retains a Parliament more appropriate for the nineteenth. While politics has changed out of all recognition, in many respects Parliament looks and feels as it did at its Bagehotian zenith: impressive, authoritative, gothic, labyrinthine.

The Essential Guide to the European Union

The Essential Guide to the European Union

Ruth Lea - General

This introductory guide explains the main aspects of the European Union (EU or “Union”) up to and including the draft European Constitution (or “Constitution” ). The guide emphasises the economic and business aspects, but other issues are covered – albeit in less detail.

The European Constitution and what it means for Britain

The European Constitution and what it means for Britain

David Heathcoat-Amory MP - General

The government wants Britain to have a written constitution. It has not been drafted here and was not requested by Parliament or the people. Once in place it will take precedence over all British laws and constitutional practices. It will not be amendable except by the consent of others. This is the European Constitution.

What if we say no to the EU constitution?

What if we say no to the EU constitution?

Lord Blackwell - General

If agreed, this will replace all the current intergovernmental Treaties establishing the European Union with a new European Constitution that creates the EU as a legal entity in its own right.