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  • Childcare: what childcare? Dr Spock must be turning in his grave

    Childcare: what childcare? Dr Spock must be turning in his grave

    Kathy Gyngell | | Social Policy
    CPS Research Fellow Kathy Gyngell writes on the move away from parenting to 'childcare' carried out by unfamiliar professionals. Today’s political imperative to ‘meet the childcare challenge’ is not about childcare at all. What the politicians are really talking about is child management on a mass scale to ‘free’ (another euphemism) ...
  • Conservatives should react to Miliband’s socialism with a pro-market, rather than a pro-business, agenda

    Conservatives should react to Miliband’s socialism with a pro-market, rather than a pro-business, agenda

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    Prior to Ed Miliband’s speech, I wrote an article for City AM which argued that the policies emanating from the Labour conference were distinctly small steps onto the socialist path. Well, that was until I heard Ed Miliband’s speech. Then I realised that what he said were particularly large steps ...
  • Ed Balls speech: the good, the bad and the ugly

    Ed Balls speech: the good, the bad and the ugly

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Today, Ed Balls made a speech to the Labour party conference in Brighton, which (given his brief) unsurprisingly focused on the economy. Many of the “big” announcements had already been trailed over the weekend and this morning, and most other policy commitments re-iterated from previous announcements. But I think it ...
  • Tax Simplifier 28: Reforming the Annual Budget

    Tax Simplifier 28: Reforming the Annual Budget

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change. Blogs are published twice a week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on retrospective tax. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.How many pages are there in Tolleys Taxes now? - the ...
  • Labour want schools to become holding pens - and they have no money to do it

    Labour want schools to become holding pens - and they have no money to do it

    Laura Perrins | | Public Services
    Laura Perrins is a former barrister and part-time Teaching Fellow in criminal law at University College London. You can follow her on Twitter @LPerrins. Labour are campaigning on the basis that Father Christmas exists. They also think that when it rains it is because the baby Jesus cries. Well, perhaps I am ...
  • 25 years on: the Bruges Speech

    25 years on: the Bruges Speech

    Lewis Brown | | Europe
    25 years ago today, Margaret Thatcher delivered her speech to the College of Europe, more famously known as "The Bruges Speech", at the Bruges Belfrey. WATCH:  Full text courtesy of The Thatcher Foundation. 

    BRITAIN AND EUROPE

    Mr. Chairman, you have invited me to speak on the subject of Britain and Europe. Perhaps I should congratulate ...
  • Tax Simplifier 27: Retrospective tax – we’re already on the slippery slope

    Tax Simplifier 27: Retrospective tax – we’re already on the slippery slope

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on world comparisons of tax complexity. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.Most would agree that we should manage without ...
  • Yay, more

    Yay, more "free" stuff

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    The Lib Dems have today announced that all 5-7 year olds will now be given “free” school meals. And there was me thinking we had huge public borrowing? The proposal, which has almost universally been accepted as a “very good thing”, has the Children’s Society waxing lyrical about how this ...
  • Tax Simplifier 26: World Comparisons of Tax Complexity

    Tax Simplifier 26: World Comparisons of Tax Complexity

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on bad tax law. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.Until recently reports published by PricewaterhouseCoopers ...
  • An incomplete revolution or the start of counter-revolution?

    An incomplete revolution or the start of counter-revolution?

    Geoff Dench | | Social Policy
    The BSA 30th report manages, despite its evidence of new trends, to put a feminist spin on changing gender attitudes among women:“In the mid-1980s, close to half the public agreed, “a man’s job is to earn money; a woman’s job is to look after the home and family”. Just 13% ...
  • Tax Simplifier 25: Too much bad tax law creates more tax law!

    Tax Simplifier 25: Too much bad tax law creates more tax law!

    David Martin | | Tax Simplifier
    The 'Tax Simplifier' series aims to make the case for a much simpler tax code with practical recommendations for policy change on a regular basis. Blogs are published twice per week, on Monday and Thursday. Read David's previous blog on tax incentives. You can follow David on Twitter @TaxSimplifier.In the 16th century Edward VI said ...
  • Incivil society

    Incivil society

    Tom Burkard | | Public Services
    It is flattering that China is sending a high-ranking delegation to the UK - and to the Centre for Policy Studies - to explore how they can foster the growth of civic institutions. As a historian, I am aware of how much Britain's phenomenal growth during the 18th and 19th ...
  • The Coase Theorem

    The Coase Theorem

    James Hill | | Economy
    As a colleague once said to me, “There’s a good reason why Coase called his article ‘The Problem of Social Cost’.” The reason is that, as Coase realized, there are no easy answers to instances where individuals impose costs on each other.The Coase Theorem (a term coined by George Stigler) ...
  • UK unemployment rate: a long way to go

    UK unemployment rate: a long way to go

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
          Another welcome fall in the three-month moving average UK unemployment rate today. But a long way to go to get back to the levels we saw pre-crash. Supply-side policies please ...
  • Who’s done more fiscal consolidation: the US or the UK?

    Who’s done more fiscal consolidation: the US or the UK?

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    There was some debate a couple of weeks ago when Allister Heath cited CEBR research which suggested that the US had in fact done more fiscal consolidation than the UK. Ben Chu (who later did an updated post vindicating Allister’s numbers as correct, with caveats) at first claimed this was ...