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  • The increasingly important role of the internet in politics

    The increasingly important role of the internet in politics

    Ryan Bourne | | Politics
    Over the past few years, Conservative MP Douglas Carswell has continually predicted a revolution in the way politics is undertaken given the rise of the internet. In a recent Spectator blog, he wrote: "Politics in the West, I speculate in my book on iDemocracy published last year, is going to ...
  • Re-evaluating Reinhart and Rogoff

    Re-evaluating Reinhart and Rogoff

    Vuk Vukovic | | Economy
    This extended blog post was jointly authored by Ryan Bourne and Vuk Vokovic.Reinhart and Rogoff's (RR) highly-cited paper on how high levels of gross government debt (over 90% of GDP) are associated with much slower real GDP growth, which allegedly became the justification for austerity, has been brought under scrutiny ...
  • Why Mrs Thatcher wasn’t a feminist

    Why Mrs Thatcher wasn’t a feminist

    Belinda Brown | | Politics
    Belinda Brown is a fellow at the Young Foundation and honorary research associate at University College London. Mrs Thatcher has often come under the spotlight for her relationship to feminism and other women. She has been described as “a man in skirts” who would not appoint another woman to cabinet, for ...
  • Shorter summer holidays? Spending more time in the schools failing our children will not help

    Shorter summer holidays? Spending more time in the schools failing our children will not help

    Tom Burkard | | Public Services
    Tom Burkard is a Visiting Professor of Education Policy at the University of Derby. He is the co-author of the Sound Foundations reading and spelling programmes, which are rapidly gaining recognition as the most cost-effective means of preventing reading failure.We count ourselves among the staunchest of Michael Gove's supporters: after all, his ...
  • Memories of Lady Thatcher

    Memories of Lady Thatcher

    Jenny Nicholson | | Politics
    CPS Deputy Director Jenny Nicholson writes about attending Lady Thatcher's funeral and her memories of meeting the former Prime Minister. An old friend reminded me of the first time I had met Lady Thatcher.  We were working for a firm of publishers and to supplement our income we washed up at ...
  • Brighton is being used as a back door by the pro drugs ‘reform’ lobby

    Brighton is being used as a back door by the pro drugs ‘reform’ lobby

    The drug consumption rooms that Brighton’s committed drug legalising Green MP, Caroline Lucas, proposes, risk inflating the very public health and social problems she claims they would mitigate, writes Kathy Gyngell. Brighton has an acute drug problem.  But the much media-hyped ‘independent’ report laid before Brighton Council today offers no analysis ...
  • What did privatisation do for us?

    What did privatisation do for us?

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, authored by Ryan Bourne and Tim Knox. To read the full article, click here. To sign up for our mailings, use the form on the left of our newsletter page.With the sad death of Lady Thatcher, there has been much reflection on her personality, ...
  • The derivation of “There is no such thing as society”

    The derivation of “There is no such thing as society”

    Tim Knox | | Politics
    CPS Director Tim Knox writes on the origin of arguably Lady Thatcher's most famous, and most mischaracterised, quote. Opinion pollsters know that they can never ask the question which they often most want to ask: “why do you say that?”Why? Because those five words can be interpreted in five subtly different ...
  • Mrs Thatcher, the woman I met and got to know – and like

    Mrs Thatcher, the woman I met and got to know – and like

    Kathy Gyngell | | History
    CPS Research Fellow Kathy Gyngell writes on her relationship with Baroness Thatcher, getting to know her as a result of an invitation to Downing Street and after her exit from power. Unlike most people my interactions with her were mostly woman to woman and surprisingly intimate.I first met Britain’s Iron Lady, ...
  • There’s nothing patronising about workers keeping more of their earnings

    There’s nothing patronising about workers keeping more of their earnings

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    If you want an insight into the psyche of many on the British left, then look no further than an article published in the last 24 hours.Exhibit A is Lynsey Hanley’s piece for the Guardian website.  In the blog she attacks the Coalition’s policy of raising the personal allowance for ...
  • Public service pensions: Parliamentary Ping-Pong, anyone?

    Public service pensions: Parliamentary Ping-Pong, anyone?

    Michael Johnson | | Economy
    Just when you thought it could not get any worse... it has.    In 2011, the OBR started to forecast the cashflow shortfall between public service pensions’ contributions and pensions in payment. Six years ago this was an irrelevant £200 million, climbing to £8 billion last year. It has to ...
  • Some questions for Matthew Hancock MP on the minimum wage

    Some questions for Matthew Hancock MP on the minimum wage

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    Matthew Hancock MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for further education, skills and lifelong learning, this morning gave a speech to the Resolution Foundation on low pay.  Entitled, ‘A Conservative Agenda for Tackling Low Pay’, the speech was largely based around the idea that there were three mechanisms at the Government’s ...
  • Going Off the Rails: Privatisation's Future Must Get Back on Track

    Going Off the Rails: Privatisation's Future Must Get Back on Track

    Katerina Nicholaou, an intern with the Centre for Policy Studies and graduate of International Politics from the Univerisity of Surrey, writes on the findings of Tony Lodge's report 'Rail's Second Chance: Putting competition back on track'.  “More competition, greater efficiency and a wider choice of services more closely tailored to ...
  • Teen becomes member of the 1%!!!

    Teen becomes member of the 1%!!!

    Ryan Bourne | | Economy
    “So a 17 year old has made a fortune and has now become a member of the ‘super rich’, the top 1%, and the plutocrats who are getting richer whilst we’re all getting poorer. It’s ludicrous the amount of money he has been able to earn, far beyond what I ...
  • A fair franchise?

    A fair franchise?

    Lucy Gilchrist is Chairman of The London Scottish Conservative Club. Now the date has been set, perhaps political minds could focus on the issue of the franchise for the Scottish independence referendum. For scant attention has been paid to the proposed usage of the electoral register for local government granting EU citizens who reside in ...