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  • Youth Unemployment: cyclical and structural concerns

    Youth Unemployment: cyclical and structural concerns

    Ryan Bourne | | General
    Yesterday’s youth unemployment figures look shocking. There are now 1.02 million 16-24 year olds out of work, 21.9% of the economically active population. 730,000 of these are not in full-time education.With headlines and information like this bumped out on a monthly basis, the fear felt by young people is perfectly ...
  • Is this how democracy dies? With thunderous applause

    Is this how democracy dies? With thunderous applause

    Lewis Brown | | 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 ...
  • Fuel duty review – necessary as part of a growth strategy

    Fuel duty review – necessary as part of a growth strategy

    Ryan Bourne | | General
    The Government has claimed that it seeks to reduce obstacles and barriers to growth. Today MPs will debate Rob Halfon’s e-petition calling for the Government to curb the upcoming rise in fuel duty. The motion reads:"That this House welcomes the 1p cut in fuel duty at the 2011 Budget, the ...
  • Scrap 50p, raise the personal allowance, and more besides

    Scrap 50p, raise the personal allowance, and more besides

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Another day, another group of business leaders who suggest tax cuts are necessary to help stimulate growth. In a letter to the Chancellor this morning, 30 City leaders called for immediate action to boost confidence in the economy, with the removal of the 50p tax rate and an extension of ...
  • The Endgame for the Eurozone?

    The Endgame for the Eurozone?

    Lord Flight | | Economy
    It is to be hoped – though it looks unlikely – that the measures that President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel have been seeking to organise will buy time to address the fundamental, underlying problem of the major decline in competitiveness of the Southern economies compared with Northern Europe, under a common currency. If ...
  • Family Ties

    Family Ties

    Jenny Nicholson | | General
    At a time when we are hearing about war memorials being vandalised, a war memorial which was commissioned by my great-grandfather Sir Arthur Nicholson has been restored and will reopen this Remembrance Sunday in Leek in Staffordshire.  My cousin and I have been invited to lay a wreath and we ...
  • It’s not the voluntary code, it is the PCC that’s the problem, stupid.

    It’s not the voluntary code, it is the PCC that’s the problem, stupid.

    Kathy Gyngell | | Prisons & Addiction
    Watchdogs need watching, regardless.  Lost in debate over regulation versus a free and independent press is the detail of human failure. Last week we heard that safeguards intended to protect individuals from unnecessary and illegal surveillance, though statutory, had been completely ineffectual. A report on the working of the Regulation ...
  • Personality driven party change?

    Personality driven party change?

    Lucy Gilchrist | | Politics
    The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party leadership contest was unique not just because it marked the first ever poll for members to directly elect their Leader, but because it was so closely fought.The irony of this leadership campaign has been that the very contender standing for change has been usurped ...
  • How can we escape this Greek tragedy?

    How can we escape this Greek tragedy?

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    George Papendreou’s decision to hold a Greek referendum on the euro bailout package earlier this week looked, at first site, like a political masterstroke. Tasked with imposing austerity, he sought the backing of the Greek people for the plan laid out by European Union leaders the week before. No doubt ...
  • Public sector pensions; a catastrophe for UK plc

    Public sector pensions; a catastrophe for UK plc

    Michael Johnson | | Economy
    Centre for Policy Studies Research Fellow and pensions expert Michael Johnson blogs for Conservative Home on the deal offered by the government to public sector unions, in what Tim Montgomerie has called one of the most important blogs on ConHome for some time. Yesterday’s concessions by the Coalition, in respect of ...
  • End complacency on Tobin  - it may be coming our way soon

    End complacency on Tobin - it may be coming our way soon

    Tim Knox | | Economy
    For too long, the UK Government and many leading UK institutions have failed to see the extraordinary threat to our national interest posed by the Tobin Tax (technically known as the Financial Transactions Tax and popularly known as the Robin Hood Tax). A Holy Trinity of Bill ...
  • GDP is a long-run indicator - policy should not change after every preliminary estimate

    GDP is a long-run indicator - policy should not change after every preliminary estimate

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Today’s preliminary GDP growth figures for Q3 2011 (an increase of 0.5% on the previous quarter) imply that the economy continues to struggle back towards its position prior to the recession. Unemployment is rising, and business confidence is low. In view of this, the most common ...
  • Key GOP dates for your diary

    Key GOP dates for your diary

    Lewis Brown | | 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 – ...
  • Britain and Europe in the Emerging Markets Century

    Britain and Europe in the Emerging Markets Century

    Stefan Andreasson | | Economy
    Dr. Stefan Andreasson, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Queen's University Belfast, writes on the changing face of world power as the Eurozone asks China to contribute towards its bail-out fund. What is notable in current debates about how the Eurozone economies, and the EU itself, ...
  • Executive pay: beware the headlines

    Executive pay: beware the headlines

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    The newspapers and Twitter are awash with outcries over the huge increase in executive pay. An excellent report, undertaken by Incomes Data Services, has reviewed the remuneration of FTSE 100 Directors and CEOs. Their headline figure is that total earnings for FTSE 100 directors have increased, on ...