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  • Deficit Reduction: Keeping Ahead of the Curve in 2012

    Deficit Reduction: Keeping Ahead of the Curve in 2012

    In the first of the CPS' 'UK Policy Resolutions for 2012' series, CPS Advisory Council member Lord Flight details the need to stay ahead of the curve on deficit reduction. To read the continuing overview of the series published earlier, click here. UK Policy Resolutions for 2012: Propose further cuts to public ...
  • UK Policy Resolutions for 2012

    UK Policy Resolutions for 2012

    Lewis James Brown, Web 2.0 Manager gives an overview of the new 'UK Policy Resolutions for 2012' series from the Centre for Policy Studies, to run from December 21st-31st. Today the CPS launches its UK Policy Resolutions for 2012 series in which 15 of our board members, Research Fellows and authors, ...
  • The Varying Fortunes of Red and Blue States, Part 2

    The Varying Fortunes of Red and Blue States, Part 2

    Ted Bromund | |
    In the second part of his blog, Ted Bromund blogs on the depressing attittude to business of the federal government. In my last post, I noted that U.S. states are rising and falling, in part, because some are more business-friendly than others. In a larger sense what is depressing is that ...
  • Can the 'four wise persons' pass the Hitchens test?

    Can the 'four wise persons' pass the Hitchens test?

    Kieron O'Hara | | Politics
    In his Sunday Telegraph column, Matthew d’Ancona argues that David Cameron needs to pass what he calls the Christopher Hitchens test.Hitchens was conspicuously uninterested in the PM and all his works, regarding him, it seemed, as one of the less engaging characters his beloved Bertie Wooster might have bumped into ...
  • The Varying Fortunes of Red and Blue States

    The Varying Fortunes of Red and Blue States

    Ted Bromund | | US Politics
    Continuing his series on American politics and population, Ted Bromund of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom blogs on Democrat and Republican states' varying fortunes. In America, the Republicans are the red party and the Democrats claim traditional Tory blue. As I noted in my previous two pieces, while there is ...
  • Blunt's backtrack

    Blunt's backtrack

    Huseyin Djemil | | Prisons & Addiction
    I knew of Crispin Blunt MP prior to him becoming prisons minister and I was reasonably hopeful that he would do a good job.  After all, in opposition, his boss Ken Clarke had been saying all the right things. Rehabilitation back on the agenda and a strong commitment to drug ...
  • Buying time is not enough

    Buying time is not enough

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    For all the commentary of last week’s EU summit fallout, the key point remains that little discussed or suggested would have helped to eliminate the core problem of the current Eurozone: huge imbalances in competitiveness between nation states – imbalances created by the make-up of the Eurozone itself.It’s important to ...
  • News from France!

    News from France!

    Jeremy Jennings | | Europe
    Last Friday I had dinner with a friend from the French Embassy. He and his wife came hotfoot from a reception at the ambassador’s residence in Kensington Park Gardens after what must have been a busy day for Embassy staff. It is hard to over-emphasise the professionalism of such people ...
  • Can There Be An Enduring Systematic Advantage in American Politics?

    Can There Be An Enduring Systematic Advantage in American Politics?

    Ted Bromund | | US Politics
    Continuing his series on American population and demographics, Ted Bromund blogs on the advantages that conservatives may have. In my last blog, I noted that the Republicans will in the 2012 election build on a systemic advantage: states that lean Democratic are losing population, and states that lean Republican are gaining ...
  • Something’s going wrong.  Step in, the Big Society.

    Something’s going wrong. Step in, the Big Society.

    Kate Jones | | Charities
    With Christmas coming up, we are inundated with Christmas Charity Appeals whether it be on our televisions, radio stations or in our papers.   We might reasonably presume therefore, in these times of penny pinching, that private donations have declined over the last couple of years leading to a necessity for ...
  • Well done, Prime Minister! Now go for an election!

    Well done, Prime Minister! Now go for an election!

    Tim Knox | | Europe
    The Prime Minister’s decisive action last night is greatly welcome. By using the national veto, he has saved our sovereignty, our economic interests and his own reputation.But now comes the hard part. This is only the beginning of a new phase in our relationship with the club-within-a-club of the European ...
  • Americans Move, But Will The Result Change?

    Americans Move, But Will The Result Change?

    Ted Bromund | | US Politics
    One of the most important differences between the U.S. and Europe is that Americans move around. A lot. Even leaving aside outlier states like Florida, where 70 percent of the residents were born out of state – many of them retirees from the chillier north – the mobility of Americans ...
  • 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

    Lewis Brown | | 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 ...
  • A Licence to Spread STIs

    A Licence to Spread STIs

    Kathy Gyngell | | Social Policy
    Yesterday the Telegraph reported that, for the first time, the morning after pill was to be given out free over the phone; that the British Pregnancy Advisory Service will encourage ‘women’ to stock up on the ‘emergency contraceptive over Christmas and the New Year’ - despite that girls would ‘not ...
  • Who would you vote for?

    Who would you vote for?

    Lewis Brown | | 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 ...