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  • Research as a catalyst for socio-economic progress

    Research as a catalyst for socio-economic progress

    Saagar Dattani | | General
    The degree of success Research and Development (R&D) funding has had in fostering innovation, economic growth, competitive advantages, and labour productivity has historically varied depending on the specific business sector which funding is directed towards. Nonetheless, longstanding academic rhetoric and field outcomes suggests that advocating R&D does have a positive ...
  • Britain must do more to increase cybersecurity

    Britain must do more to increase cybersecurity

    Adam Memon | | General
    Big businesses have traditionally been the most common victims of cybercrime and economic espionage perpetrated through cyberspace. The problem is clearly getting worse because the average cost of the most severe online security breaches for big business has more than doubled just over the last year to reach £1.46 million. ...
  • Legal Aid Cuts - A Penny For Chris Grayling’s Thoughts

    Legal Aid Cuts - A Penny For Chris Grayling’s Thoughts

    Matthew Rees | | General
    There have been a number of recent developments in the ongoing debate about cuts in legal aid. September saw the High Court rule that the consultation process for plans to cut criminal legal aid was unlawful on the grounds of procedural unfairness. Last Wednesday a retired judge joined the growing ...
  • If 2013 was a good year for the CPS...

    If 2013 was a good year for the CPS...

    Tim Knox | | General
    IF 2013 WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR THE CPS...Some highlights:Last Tuesday’s announcement that the Davies Commission has short-listed a variant of our Heathrow Hub: Jock Lowe and Mark Bostock’s proposals for a simple, cheap, quiet and privately funded solution to the UK’s airport problem are on the short list – the only think tank solution to ...
  • A View of Think-Tanks from America

    A View of Think-Tanks from America

    Ted Bromund | | General
    One of the many ways that the American political scene differs from that of Britain is that the U.S. is home to vastly more think tanks, with larger budgets. The latest report from the University of Pennsylvania finds that the U.S. has 1, 815 think tanks, compared to the U.K.’s ...
  • Youth Unemployment: cyclical and structural concerns

    Youth Unemployment: cyclical and structural concerns

    Ryan Bourne | | General
    Yesterday’s youth unemployment figures look shocking. There are now 1.02 million 16-24 year olds out of work, 21.9% of the economically active population. 730,000 of these are not in full-time education.With headlines and information like this bumped out on a monthly basis, the fear felt by young people is perfectly ...
  • Fuel duty review – necessary as part of a growth strategy

    Fuel duty review – necessary as part of a growth strategy

    Ryan Bourne | | General
    The Government has claimed that it seeks to reduce obstacles and barriers to growth. Today MPs will debate Rob Halfon’s e-petition calling for the Government to curb the upcoming rise in fuel duty. The motion reads:"That this House welcomes the 1p cut in fuel duty at the 2011 Budget, the ...
  • Family Ties

    Family Ties

    Jenny Nicholson | | General
    At a time when we are hearing about war memorials being vandalised, a war memorial which was commissioned by my great-grandfather Sir Arthur Nicholson has been restored and will reopen this Remembrance Sunday in Leek in Staffordshire.  My cousin and I have been invited to lay a wreath and we ...
  • If we lost trust in money, is internet currency a plausible alternative

    If we lost trust in money, is internet currency a plausible alternative

    Yorick Wilks | | General
    As the euro staggers, it may seem bad taste to examine the possibilities for yet another created or artificial currency. But the Bitcoin is worth a quick look because it makes us think again about the nature of currency and what value consists of. We all know ...
  • I have seen the future of airports, and it is Berlin, not London

    I have seen the future of airports, and it is Berlin, not London

    Yorick Wilks | | General
    Boris Johnson renews his campaign today for a new London airport, citing the lack of slot capacity and the loss of business to Britain that this is causing. I think we should also ask what kind of airport we want, if any: London’s airports are notorious worldwide ...
  • Be Bold for the Economy: Centre for Policy Studies at the Conservative Party Conference 2011

    Be Bold for the Economy: Centre for Policy Studies at the Conservative Party Conference 2011

    Lewis Brown | | General
    The Centre for Policy Studies is in Manchester this week for the Conservative Party Conference. CPS Web Manager Lewis James Brown takes a look at our exciting events on Monday and Tuesday.This weekend thousands of Conservative Party members, think tankers, charities, journalists and activists are pouring into the beautiful city ...
  • Twitter in Ireland

    Twitter in Ireland

    Lewis Brown | | General
    Lewis James Brown, Web 2.0 Manager at the Centre for Policy Studies, takes a look at the impact of technology companies' rush to choose Ireland as a base of operations, and what the UK can do to stay competitive.Some will have noticed yesterday the announcement that Twitter has chosen Ireland’s ...
  • The Euro’s Gulity Men: It’s time to start listening to those who took them on

    The Euro’s Gulity Men: It’s time to start listening to those who took them on

    Lewis Brown | | General
    Today sees the launch of Guilty Men by Peter Oborne and Frances Weaver, with foreword by Peter Jay, and published by the Centre for Policy Studies. The report, an in depth look at the journalists, politicians and institutions that not only pushed heavily for Britain to ...
  • What the government can do to really help families

    What the government can do to really help families

    Ryan Bourne | | General
    On Tuesday, we learned that the Government has drawn up some policy proposals which it thinks are woman and family friendly. It included some eminently sensible proposals to re-examine the length of the school summer holiday, to develop personal budgets for maternity services and to criminalise enforced ...
  • The revival of Karl Marx and our current crisis

    The revival of Karl Marx and our current crisis

    Yorick Wilks | | General
    Many will have smirked as I did at the news that a tourist in Ilfracombe had officially complained about the sight and smell of fish in the harbour. Some perhaps remembered the case of the school headmistress forced to resign last year after having her school’s pet sheep slaughtered so ...