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Ryan Bourne
25 July 2014
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Don’t you miss Jeremy Paxman already? On Newsnight he would ask persistently the question that politicians were trying to obfuscate on, to try to obtain a straight answer. This clarity helped...
Ryan Bourne
18 July 2014
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As the discussion regarding the future of the BBC licence fee rumbles on ahead of the 2016 Charter Review, the BBC’s Director of Policy James Heath has helpfully laid out in two separate blog...
Ryan Bourne
15 July 2014
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The row between former chancellor Lord Lawson and the BBC has escalated over the past week. In a letter to a green activist, the head of the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit, Fraser Steel, has...
Ryan Bourne
9 July 2014
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You can often tell where someone is coming from in public policy debates by their use of language. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, for example, Thomas Piketty uses the word ‘claimed...
Ryan Bourne
8 July 2014
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With Monty Python at the O2 arena and ongoing coverage of the NHS, I was reminded last week of the Python sketch showing a lady giving birth. Unfortunately for her, the doctors played by John Cleese...
Ryan Bourne
1 July 2014
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Few subjects generate emotion in UK politics like the funding of the NHS. Warnings of the health service’s imminent collapse are ten a penny, while politicians love to talk about ‘saving...
Philip Booth and Ryan Bourne
26 June 2014
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Yesterday, Labour forced a Commons vote on allowing the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to audit the manifestos of political parties. It followed a letter sent by Ed Balls to George Osborne...
Ryan Bourne
24 June 2014
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A lack of authenticity among politicians is a common lament. Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston expressed this conventional wisdom recently when she said: ‘I think the public dislike the cardboard...
Ryan Bourne
17 June 2014
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The British tax system just isn’t progressive enough, the Equality Trust claimed yesterday. After citing survey figures showing that 68 per cent of the UK population believe households in the...
Ryan Bourne
13 June 2014
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Zero-hours contracts. High prices. Benefit cuts. Unemployment. Childcare costs. According to the international development charity Oxfam, the combination of these individual factors in Britain has...
Ryan Bourne
10 June 2014
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Like many others, on Sunday evening I watched Soccer Aid – an annual charity football match featuring well-known ex-footballers and a raft of celebrities. All funds raised go to Unicef, to...
Ryan Bourne
7 June 2014
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Given the huge structural challenges our economy still faces and with the government still borrowing around £100 billion per year, it felt somewhat trivial for Queen’s Speech day to be...
Ryan Bourne
3 June 2014
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Do you ever feel government isn’t fit for purpose? The evidence suggests you’re not alone. The EU elections saw anti-establishment parties tear chunks out of mainstream incumbents. In the...
Ryan Bourne
20 May 2014
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The Labour Party used to be ‘intensely relaxed’ about people getting rich. Now it is ‘intensely relaxed’ about the ability of governments, rather than markets, to set prices...
Ryan Bourne
19 May 2014
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Over the past week, there have been trade union protests about both low hourly pay and zero hours contracts. On Wednesday, the GMB Union protested outside the retailer Next’s AGM in order to...
Ryan Bourne
13 May 2014
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Economic protectionism is back. UKIP has put immigration at the forefront of its EU election campaign, implying that competition in the jobs market from EU nationals is bad for UK interests. Labour...
Ryan Bourne
8 May 2014
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Earlier this week, I penned a comment piece for City AM on Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. One of the things that I outlined there was that I believe for some...
Ryan Bourne
7 May 2014
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Over the past week, the Labour Party has announced new policies on housing. Billed as attempts to help alleviate the ‘cost of living crisis’, the proposals comprise three elements: -...
Ryan Bourne
6 May 2014
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Thomas Piketty makes some bold claims about the future of capitalism. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, he observes that, in capitalist economies, the rate of return on capital (r) tends to be...
Ryan Bourne
29 April 2014
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Yesterday saw the House of Commons give the green light to HS2 at second reading, with the bill now heading into committee stage. And as the debate has twisted and turned over the years, so the...

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