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Blogs by Lewis Brown

Lewis joined the Centre for Policy Studies in April 2011 with responsibility for social media and digital engagement.

  • Miliband’s line of attack at PMQ’s today will cut to the core of what it means to be a Conservative

    Miliband’s line of attack at PMQ’s today will cut to the core of what it means to be a Conservative

    | Politics
    Ed Miliband’s attack on David Cameron’s stance over Europe rocked the PM from the off today. While Conservatives often adopt the line ‘I won’t be lectured by the Labour Party’ over Europe (and for the most part, this obviously chimes), there was definite hay to be made for the Labour ...
  • Who would you vote for?

    Who would you vote for?

    | Politics
    Part of the fun of American primaries and elections for the politically aware on this side of the pond is engaging as if it were a spectator sport. We like to make predictions, think about who our vote would go to, and rate the candidates on our own sort of ...
  • Arguing against teachers and nurses is impossible, but being right isn’t always about being popular

    Arguing against teachers and nurses is impossible, but being right isn’t always about being popular

    | Economy
    Lewis James Brown argues that even modest public sector reform can never be popular and sets out why the deeper reform proposals from Michael Johnson and the Centre for Policy Studies will ultimately be necessary. It should come as no surprise that the think tank of Margaret Thatcher would take a ...
  • Football’s Arab Spring – This Time Blatter has to go

    Football’s Arab Spring – This Time Blatter has to go

    | Sport
    So we are here again. Blatter out. Blatter has to go. For anyone interested in the governance of the world’s most popular sport, it is a common moment. That this man has survived scandal after scandal demonstrates that he has a hold over his organisation that Saddam or Muammar could ...
  • Is this how democracy dies? With thunderous applause

    Is this how democracy dies? With thunderous applause

    | Europe
    This week at the CPS we launched the first of our new debate series ‘Do critics of Conservative Euro-sceptics have anything to apologise for?’. Following on from Peter Oborne’s Guilty Men book, the debate between Oborne and Times journalist David Aaronovitch centres around the prescience of those who did not ...
  • Key GOP dates for your diary

    Key GOP dates for your diary

    | Foreign Policy
    Key Republican Dates 2012January 3rd 2012 – Iowa CaucusJanuary 10th 2012 – New Hampshire PrimaryJanuary 21st 2012 – South Carolina PrimaryJanuary 30th 2012 – Florida PrimaryMarch 6th 2012 – Super Tuesday (11 Primaries including Texas [Perry,/Paul], Alaska, Massachusetts [Romney], Georgia [Cain/Gingrich])June 26th 2012 – Final primary, UtahAugust 27th 2012 – ...
  • The EU referendum vote: The leadership's behaviour will not sit well with the mainstream Eurosceptics

    The EU referendum vote: The leadership's behaviour will not sit well with the mainstream Eurosceptics

    | Constitution & Democracy
    Lewis James Brown (@LewisCPS), Web 2.0 Manager of the Centre for Policy Studies, blogs on the impact of yesterday's vote, and the perception it creates, on the electorate.Today we cross-posted an excellent article from Professor Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart on 10 points of note from yesterday’s ‘rebellion’ of Conservative MPs over ...
  • Supporters of the smaller state have failed to make the moral case for cuts

    Supporters of the smaller state have failed to make the moral case for cuts

    | Economy
    Lewis James Brown, Web 2.0 Manager at the CPS, considers the Occupy protests in London and concludes that supporters of smaller government have failed to build on the pre-election calls of writers like Fraser Nelson and Janet Daley to convince the electorate of the moral case ...
  • Be Bold for the Economy: Centre for Policy Studies at the Conservative Party Conference 2011

    Be Bold for the Economy: Centre for Policy Studies at the Conservative Party Conference 2011

    | General
    The Centre for Policy Studies is in Manchester this week for the Conservative Party Conference. CPS Web Manager Lewis James Brown takes a look at our exciting events on Monday and Tuesday.This weekend thousands of Conservative Party members, think tankers, charities, journalists and activists are pouring into the beautiful city ...
  • Twitter in Ireland

    Twitter in Ireland

    | General
    Lewis James Brown, Web 2.0 Manager at the Centre for Policy Studies, takes a look at the impact of technology companies' rush to choose Ireland as a base of operations, and what the UK can do to stay competitive.Some will have noticed yesterday the announcement that Twitter has chosen Ireland’s ...
  • The Euro’s Gulity Men: It’s time to start listening to those who took them on

    The Euro’s Gulity Men: It’s time to start listening to those who took them on

    | General
    Today sees the launch of Guilty Men by Peter Oborne and Frances Weaver, with foreword by Peter Jay, and published by the Centre for Policy Studies. The report, an in depth look at the journalists, politicians and institutions that not only pushed heavily for Britain to ...
  • 'Mainstream Euroscepticism' is here

    'Mainstream Euroscepticism' is here

    | General
    As Eurozone heads of state gather in Brussels, Lewis James Brown, Web 2.0 Manager at the Centre for Policy Studies, takes a look at recent calls for 'mainstream Euroscepticism' to reform the EU.Many of you will have read with admiration the letter sent by 14 Members of ...
  • The 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture by Sir Max Hastings

    The 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture by Sir Max Hastings

    | General
    Lewis Brown, Web 2.0 Manager at the Centre for Policy Studies, takes a look at the key points of the 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture on UK-US ties. Earlier this week, the Centre for Policy Studies was privileged to have prominent historian Sir Max Hastings deliver the 2011 Ruttenberg Lecture in honour of ...
  • Thatcher and Reagan in quotes

    Thatcher and Reagan in quotes

    | Foreign Policy
    Much has been written on the colossus of all of the 'special relationships' between Presidents and Prime Ministers: Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Their mutual respect for one another is often captured in the most famous quotations: she was "the best man in England." [Reagan] and he was "the second most important ...
  • We’re Not All In This Together: Today’s Strikes Represent A Naked Self-Interest

    We’re Not All In This Together: Today’s Strikes Represent A Naked Self-Interest

    | Public Services
    Today, if some are to be believed, marks the beginning of the Greek-style protest movement fighting back against the Coalition’s austerity measures. Some dream of it being the beginning of a wider era of protest against Conservative governments ever having power again. You know, kind of ...