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  • The Green attack on home ownership

    The Green attack on home ownership

    Adam Memon | | Public Services
    The Green run council in Brighton and Hove has voted to apply for an exemption from the Right to Buy policy. As I argued on the Today programme on Radio 4 this week with Bill Randall, the Chair of the Housing Committee of the council, this would be a terribly ...
  • 3 more charts for Ed Miliband

    3 more charts for Ed Miliband

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Last week, Ed Miliband gave a speech outlining his response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. It was an attempt to repair the damage caused by his disastrous conference speech and to reduce the Conservative lead in the polls for economic credibility.In his speech, Miliband accepted that deficit reduction was necessary for economic ...
  • Saudi Oil Weapon Bites On Russia’s Strategic Projects

    Saudi Oil Weapon Bites On Russia’s Strategic Projects

    Neil Barnett | | Foreign Policy
    As I have argued since March, a Saudi-US policy of depressing oil prices combined with sanctions is the best way to push back at Russian revanchism. Recent updates have followed the arrival of these falling prices, but this update looks at the tangible effects of the policy.The effect on the ...
  • 8 myths about spending cuts

    8 myths about spending cuts

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    1. Spending cuts will take us back to the 1930sIn the immediate aftermath of the Autumn Statement, much of the criticism came from those decrying the fact that total public spending will be 35.2% of GDP by 2020. Mark Ferguson over on LabourList called it a “nightmare vision” which would take ...
  • Are the impending cuts colossal? Maybe. Essential? Yes

    Are the impending cuts colossal? Maybe. Essential? Yes

    Adam Memon | | Economy
    Over the last 18 months, the recovery has gained strength with economic growth accelerating and unemployment falling sharply. However the context in which the Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement speech yesterday was far less rosy. Borrowing from April to October this year was £64.1 billion, an increase of £3.7 billion ...
  • A change of approach needed in IPCC reports

    A change of approach needed in IPCC reports

    Jonny Buzzing | | Environment
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently revealed that it is now “extremely likely” that humans are to blame for more than 50% of the increase in global average surface temperature in the last 60 years, which has resulted in the hottest 30 year period in the Northern Hemisphere ...
  • Pensions regulation: governance to the fore?

    Pensions regulation: governance to the fore?

    Michael Johnson | | Economy
    During the second reading of the Pension Schemes Bill, Steve Webb, the pensions minister, told the House of Commons that the complexities of drawing up the Bill had made him “more sympathetic” to there being a single pensions regulator. Today there are two: The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Financial ...