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  • What hand should the Government play in the foreign takeover of British firms?

    What hand should the Government play in the foreign takeover of British firms?

    Jennifer Speedie | | Trade
    Recent failed attempts by Kraft Heinz to bid successfully on UK giant, Unilever, have reignited debate over the Government’s role in the foreign takeover of UK firms. The takeover of iconic British firm Cadbury by American giant Kraft Foods in 2010 sparked controversy, with many calling for Government intervention in ...
  • Parliamentary Democracy or Bureaucratic Tyranny

    Parliamentary Democracy or Bureaucratic Tyranny

    In the run up to the Referendum last June, I never had the slightest doubt about my voting intentions.  They have throughout been governed by my wish to see the full panoply of Parliamentary Democracy restored.  It has seemed to me that the last 300 years of this country's history have been blessed ...
  • 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 ...
  • We should celebrate the re-defining of prisons

    We should celebrate the re-defining of prisons

    Emma Revell | | Prisons & Addiction
    Yesterday Justice Secretary Liz Truss put forward the Prisons and Courts Bill which the government’s website described as “paving the way for the biggest overhaul of prisons in a generation”. The bill includes policies to end the practice of abuse victims being questioned by their attackers in court, creates 2,000 ...
  • Fear based economic forecasts will hopefully be a thing of the past

    Fear based economic forecasts will hopefully be a thing of the past

    Daniel Mahoney | | Fiscal Policy
    It is now widely understood that the Treasury’s forecasts for economic growth projections relating to Brexit were very wide of the mark. The Treasury’s analysis “the immediate economic impact of leaving the EU” predicted, with near certainty, that the UK would experience a technical recession in the immediate aftermath of ...
  • A lesson from history for Bill Gates

    A lesson from history for Bill Gates

    Llew Cross | | Tax
    Bill Gates would like all consumers to pay extra for products produced by robots that replace humans in the form of a tax on robots. Seems reasonable? Don’t be fooled. By levying a tax on robots of manufacturing, the cost of this tax will be passed onto the consumer through ...
  • Has BT got too big for its boots?

    Has BT got too big for its boots?

    Daniel Mahoney | | Economy
    This article was initially published on CapXThis is a vitally important year for the UK’s mobile phone industry. Ofcom will be auctioning off a new allocation of spectrum that will be used by mobile phone companies to offer additional internet services to customers. The first auction will supplement the current ability of ...