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The Unfinished Task

The Unfinished Task

Ronald Butt - General

In a recent television programme about the post war reconstruction of Britain, a film clip was shown of Herbert Morrison addressing the Durham Miners rally on behalf of the Labour government.

The Wealthy Wellfairs

The Wealthy Wellfairs

Oliver Knox - General

Humphery Wellfair had, during the long minutes his parachute swayed down to the desert atoll in 1944 been blissfully filled with thoughts of Beveridge, promising idyllic security from cradle to grave, at least in Britain.

To Spur, not to Mould

To Spur, not to Mould

Leon Brittan - Economy

For as long as I can remember concern about our economic progress, compared with that of our competitors, has been the staple diet of both politicians and commentators.

A case for coherence

A case for coherence

George Urban - Foreign Policy

Nations with a long habit of making foreign policy on a world scale may be forgiven for feeling that they need no written formula to explain what they have always been doing.

Business Still Burdened

Business Still Burdened

Theresa Gorman - Economy

We look to small businesses and the self-employed to produce growth, employment and wealth. In Britain today about six million people work for small firms.

Distant Views

Distant Views

Graham Pye - General

When a proposition has become universally acceptable to political commentators, writers of letters to MPs, media pundits and school-teachers taking current affairs classes, it is a very likely indication hat the proposition in question is, or has become, false.

Employment Examined

Employment Examined

Cyril Taylor - General

The Department of Employment should supply monthly data for the number in work in Britain as well as the number out of work.

Equity for Everyman

Equity for Everyman

John Redwood - General

The industrial revolution brought many blessings. It brought greater output. It freed many people working on the land and brought them many new homes, new products and new luxuries.

Every Adult a Share-Owner

Every Adult a Share-Owner

Shirley Robin Letwin and William Letwin - Economy

Suppose that every adult in Britain acquired £100 worth of shares in some British Company/ Suppose that, apart from undertaking not to transfer those shares for five years, each adult enjoyed all the rights of a shareholder.

Morality and Markets

Morality and Markets

Lord Harris of High Cross - General

I am speaking here at St Georges house Windsor not as an amateur theologian but as a professional economist concerned with moral values.

Mr Gorbachevs own Star Wars

Mr Gorbachevs own Star Wars

Hugh Thomas - Foreign Policy

It is comprehensible why many rational, averagely informed people, in the United States as well as in Europe, should be, to begin with, sceptical of President Reagan’s programme of research on strategic defence.

NHS The Road to Recovery

NHS The Road to Recovery

Hugh Elwell - Public Services

The National Health Service is sick, but not so sick that it cannot be put on the road to recovery. Injecting more taxpayers’ money into the enterprise will not help. Spending must be made more effective, and accountability must be improved.

Shares for All

Shares for All

Sir Nicholas Goodison - Economy

Share ownership is enjoying something of a renaissance. There are many more people today with a direct share in the risk capital of British industry and commerce than there were five years ago.

The EC & the Task for the British Presidency in 1986

The EC & the Task for the British Presidency in 1986

Simon May - Politics

On 1 July Britain begins her third stint as President of the European Community’s Council of Ministers.

The New Capitalism

The New Capitalism

David Howell - Economy

The ideal of widespread personal ownership as a central goal of social policy has been persistently advocated over the years by a handful of politicians and one or two economists, and as persistently ignored by almost everybody else.