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Ryan Bourne
25 February 2014
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As recovery becomes entrenched, it is easy to forget the sense of urgency of those heady days in May 2010, when the Tory-Lib Dem coalition agreement was thrashed out. The backdrop of the Greek...
Philip Booth
3 July 2013
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Google Cameron global race and you get a depressing 33,000,000 responses. Google Osborne global race and you get a depressing 2,650,000 responses. Apparently, the ‘global race’ is going...
Richard Wellings
12 May 2010
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The Conservatives have abandoned their manifesto commitment to raise the Inheritance Tax threshold as part of the coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats. This his highly regrettable....
Philip Booth
14 April 2010
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One obvious place to look for big society initiatives in the Conservative manifesto was the section on sport. This does not bode well. We seem to have a simple playing to the gallery with “big...
Kristian Niemietz
13 April 2010
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The Economist has repeatedly criticised the Conservative Party’s proposal to permit married couples to pool their income tax allowances. The plan would benefit single-breadwinner families...
Philip Booth
12 April 2010
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All three major parties are entering the election campaign with similar plans for cutting the deficit. The timing and magnitude of proposed deficit cuts are slightly different but all the plans...
Peter King
7 April 2010
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Most of us are interested in politics because we believe in something, whether this is liberty, free markets or personal responsibility. We see our involvement in politics as putting forward...
Mark Littlewood
1 April 2010
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Tory leader David Cameron scored well on rhetoric yesterday – but fell down badly on detail. His vision is of “a society where the leading force for progress is social...
Kristian Niemietz
22 March 2010
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Proposals to adopt Swedish-style education reforms, put forward by the Conservative Party and others, have recently come under fire from research by the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)....
Philip Booth
9 March 2010
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I have various reservations about the Nudge philosophy that has been embraced by David Cameron. It is clearly attractive to the Conservatives because it seems novel without appearing to smack of...
Philip Booth
22 February 2010
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Further worrying evidence of the decline in adult and further education was revealed in the debate about selling off the banks yesterday. The Conservatives have proposed selling bank shares cheaply...
Patricia Morgan
5 February 2010
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Shadow Chancellor George Osborne leads the chorus of tut-tutting at means-tested child tax credits going to “better-off” families and seems to believe that we would save enough to bail...
Philip Booth
25 January 2010
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The Conservatives’ plans for “free schools” are, arguably, their flagship policy. It is vital that there is no compromise when they are implemented. Schools are a good place to...
Peter King
12 January 2010
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I recently had a discussion with a commissioning editor of an academic publishing house who informed me that any new book proposal to do with New Labour stood little chance of getting published, but...
Terry Arthur
30 October 2009
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In his four years as leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron has often seemed to embrace socialist ideas.  “Sharing the proceeds of growth” was only one of his efforts to be...
Mark Littlewood
28 October 2009
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With youth unemployment rising to 1 million, the government – or more realistically the Tories – need a radical rethink of the how the British labour market works. Or more to the point,...
Peter King
27 October 2009
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Working in a university social science environment I find myself surrounded by those who take a leftist view of the world. One interesting trend amongst my colleagues of late has been to start to...
Philip Booth
19 October 2009
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Elinor Ostrom and Oliver E. Williamson, the winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics, have much to contribute to contemporary economic debate. But their ideas should have particular resonance in...
Oliver Marc Hartwich
15 October 2009
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The International Monetary Fund has just presented perhaps the gloomiest forecast for Britain’s public finances so far. It predicts that by next year, Britain’s debt will stand at...
Philip Booth
6 October 2009
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The Conservatives are proposing to clamp down on incapacity benefit claimants in order to deal with the large numbers they say should be in work. This is a laudable aim, of course, but it is highly...

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