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  • Brexit Needs ‘Big Loaf’ Economics

    Brexit Needs ‘Big Loaf’ Economics

    David Cowan | | Agriculture
    Free trade has always championed people who are ‘just about managing’. In the nineteenth century, free-traders reduced food tariffs in order to provide a ‘big loaf’, namely cheaper bread, for working class consumers, while protectionist policies raised food prices. Today’s Brexit debate sees a similar split between free-traders and protectionists.On ...
  • Is it time the UK started a Sovereign Wealth Fund?

    Is it time the UK started a Sovereign Wealth Fund?

    Henry Wallbank | | Economy
    A British sovereign wealth fund is hardly a new concept in British politics. In 2014 Lord Hodgson argued that the government could launch a wealth fund with the proceeds from fracking. It received a degree of support from then Chancellor George Osborne, but progress since then has been, as Hodgson ...
  • Market-Led Solutions Can Help Raise Productivity

    Market-Led Solutions Can Help Raise Productivity

    David Cowan | | Productivity
    After last week’s Budget, we now have a clearer picture of what May and Hammond’s economic policy will look like over the next few years. Their mission is to produce a high wage, high skill economy which benefits all of the UK’s regions.Since the Financial Crisis, wage growth has stalled ...
  • Does Brexit ping-pong make the case for Lords Reform?

    Does Brexit ping-pong make the case for Lords Reform?

    Manifestos have been published for what is probably one of the most distinctly British elections. It’s not the election of an MP or a councillor, the electorate is relatively small, and turnout has historically been high. March 21 will be polling day for the election of a hereditary peer to ...
  • How Hammond is keeping Britain open for business

    How Hammond is keeping Britain open for business

    Daniel Mahoney | | Tax
    This article was initially published on CapX on 8th March 2017. One of the key planks of the Coalition’s competitiveness agenda was corporation tax. Although their fiscal consolidation plan involved some tax rises – particularly on VAT – the headline rate of corporation tax was cut dramatically from 28 per cent to ...
  • Should the UK introduce a Border Tax?

    Should the UK introduce a Border Tax?

    David Cowan | | Fiscal Policy
    It has been widely recognised that we are living in an age defined by an ideological conflict between globalisation and nationalism. Theresa May quickly grasped the new reality after the Brexit result and has tried to follow a ‘third way’ between the two.May has also correctly identified problems which afflict ...
  • There's no need for Treasury giveaways to help the just about managing

    There's no need for Treasury giveaways to help the just about managing

    Daniel Mahoney | | Economy
    This article was initially published in City AM on 6th March.On the steps of Downing Street, Theresa May outlined the core of her political strategy: “If you are just about managing, I want to address you directly”. The just about managing – the so-called JAMs – saw their cost of living significantly squeezed in ...
  • The merits of a start-up property ISA as a solution to the housing crisis

    The merits of a start-up property ISA as a solution to the housing crisis

    Henry Wallbank | | Infrastructure
    One welcome side effect of the current housing market is the way in which its very frustrations have acted as a catalyst for entrepreneurship. With a shortage of dynamic solutions from government, some alternatives have emerged from the world of start-ups.The best known from the world of proptech may be ...
  • Getting It Right on Social Care

    Getting It Right on Social Care

    David Cowan | | Healthcare
    Next week Philip Hammond will be presenting his first Budget and he has a number of fires to put out. Over the past couple of months, one of the most pressing concerns has been the crisis in social care funding, largely caused by spending cuts to local government.Hammond is expected ...