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  • A Norma Desmond Budget?

    A Norma Desmond Budget?

    Tim Knox | | Economy
    This article is an excerpt from our fortnightly Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon 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.Norma Desmond’s retort in Sunset Boulevard (“You used to be in silent pictures. You ...
  • 9 reasons the Lib Dems are wrong on school meals

    9 reasons the Lib Dems are wrong on school meals

    Adam Memon | | Politics
    Reports earlier this year about problems with the Lib Dem policy of providing taxpayer funded school meals for all children aged 5-7 have highlighted further issues with the idea. The policy is due to begin later this year but here are 9 more problems.
      Disproportionately benefits children from families with higher ...
  • Productivity is Key to Securing the UK's Economic Recovery

    Productivity is Key to Securing the UK's Economic Recovery

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Yesterday saw the release of another good set of jobs figures. Employment rose and youth unemployment and long term unemployment fell. Nevertheless, to secure the recovery and generate sustainable real wage rises, we need to break the decade long stagnation in productivity which is holding back our economy.We can effectively ...
  • A hard-nosed look at health spending is the soft-hearted thing to do

    A hard-nosed look at health spending is the soft-hearted thing to do

    Adam Memon | | Public Services
    Recent headlines about the NHS drugs policy possibly being refocused towards people who generate a “wider societal benefit” highlight the need to find better ways to manage taxpayer funded health expenditure.Some of the problems with this particular suggestion are explained by Melissa Kite. There’s something rather disconcerting about bureaucrats ranking ...
  • Productivity’s Lost Decade – And How To Avoid Another

    Productivity’s Lost Decade – And How To Avoid Another

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    This article is an excerpt from our Growth Bulletin, written by Adam Memon, Brian Sturgess 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.Without improvements to productivity, economic growth will slow also. Stronger productivity is the ...
  • Why family firms should be encouraged

    Why family firms should be encouraged

    Brian Sturgess | | Economy
    Brian Sturgess is Economic Consultant to the Centre for Policy Studies and Managing Editor of World Economics.Family firms dominate economic activity across the world. They are one of the main generators of sustainable wealth. This alone should be a signal to governments to take note of the importance of family businesses ...
  • Ed Miliband is no Margaret Thatcher

    Ed Miliband is no Margaret Thatcher

    Adam Memon | | Politics
    Having already declared himself the successor to Benjamin Disraeli, Ed Miliband has apparently now stated his intention to follow the example of Margaret Thatcher. Miliband’s socialism is the antithesis of the philosophy of individual freedom, small government and national sovereignty which Margaret Thatcher espoused. Such a comparison, whether it is ...
  • Raising the Personal Allowance helps lower earners AND the middle class

    Raising the Personal Allowance helps lower earners AND the middle class

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    There have been increasing calls from some in the Conservative Party to ‘ease the squeeze’ on the middle classes by rolling back the 40% income tax threshold. The case made in the Spectator by Nick de Bois MP is that the Government’s centrepiece tax reform of increasing the personal allowance ...
  • Return of the WIDGs

    Return of the WIDGs

    Lewis Brown | |
    Last year I wrote about the ‘well-intentioned do-gooders’ who seek to ‘save us’ by inhibiting our right to make choices about our lifestyle. As I said, it is not an uncommon theme and several stories from the last couple of weeks continue in the same vein.First we had Labour’s amendment to the ...
  • Will Bob Crow pay us back our £200 million?

    Will Bob Crow pay us back our £200 million?

    Adam Memon | | Politics
    Despite valiant efforts to mitigate the impact, the upcoming tube strikes will undoubtedly damage London’s economy. A small number of commuters may not be able to make it into work at all and many will be late arriving because of longer tube journeys or having to take replacement bus services ...