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  • Goodbye to Berlins

    Goodbye to Berlins

    Professor Michael Clarke | | History
    Professor Michael Clarke is Director General of the Royal United Services Institute.I was in good company in being wrong about the longevity of the Berlin Wall. Mrs Thatcher thought the same. Like the French, we loved Germany so much we thought it was a good idea to have two of ...
  • The fall of The Wall: This was the new epicentre of a new Europe

    The fall of The Wall: This was the new epicentre of a new Europe

    Lord Howell | | History
    Looking back, it is strange how many of us thought it would not happen in our lifetime – or at least not for years to come.Of course we had been confidently assured by foreign policy experts and analysts galore that the USSR was here to stay and that ‘realists’ would ...
  • The Soviet Ambassador’s midnight knock on the door of 10 Downing Street

    The Soviet Ambassador’s midnight knock on the door of 10 Downing Street

    Lord Powell | | History
    Lord Powell of Bayswater was Private Secretary and adviser on foreign affairs and defence to Margaret Thatcher from 1983 to 1990.The Fall of the Wall twenty-five years ago was the last of the great Cold War crises, a chain running through the Berlin Airlift, the Soviet invasion of Hungary (1956) ...
  • The genius of Ronald Coase

    The genius of Ronald Coase

    Rupert Darwall | | History
    Ronald Coase, who died on 2nd September aged 102, was Britain’s greatest economist since John Maynard Keynes. In many ways, they, or rather their economics, were complete opposites.  Whereas Keynes formed a new theoretical framework out of the abstractions of macro-economics, Coase’s field of vision was on the visible and the ...
  • Professor Kenneth Minogue

    Professor Kenneth Minogue

    Lewis Brown | | History
    Professor Kenneth Minogue, political philosophy heavyweight and CPS Board Member for 26 years, sadly died on Friday 28 June 2013. Read his highly influential CPS papers "The Egalitarian Conceit" and "The Constitutional Mania". You can also listen to Prof. Minogue on his involvement with the CPS, where he had this to say ...
  • Mrs Thatcher, the woman I met and got to know – and like

    Mrs Thatcher, the woman I met and got to know – and like

    Kathy Gyngell | | History
    CPS Research Fellow Kathy Gyngell writes on her relationship with Baroness Thatcher, getting to know her as a result of an invitation to Downing Street and after her exit from power. Unlike most people my interactions with her were mostly woman to woman and surprisingly intimate.I first met Britain’s Iron Lady, ...
  • Guilty economics? Friedman, Pinochet and Chile

    Guilty economics? Friedman, Pinochet and Chile

    Lewis Brown | | History
    Lewis Brown, Digital Communications Manager at the CPS, writes on Professor Niall Ferguson's response to a tricky question about the involvement of economist Milton Friedman in General Pinochet's Chile at the 'Friedman at 100' event held this week. Tuesday night (July 3rd) the CPS hosted a very successful panel event celebrating ...
  • The case for free-markets: look to history

    The case for free-markets: look to history

    Administrator CPS | | History
    In the current climate, it takes a brave person to make the case for real free-markets, as opposed to heavily government regulated economies.That's why Deirdre McCloskey's essay from a couple of weeks ago is such a refreshing read.McCloskey challenges what she calls the narrative of 'High-Liberalism' that has developed since ...
  • 29 years today: The 1983 General Election

    29 years today: The 1983 General Election

    Lewis Brown | | History
    On this day, June 9th, in 1983, Margaret Thatcher led the Conservative Party to a landslide victory in the General Election, securing 397 of the 650 seats up for grabs.It was a remarkable achievement for the UK’s first female Prime Minister who had been predicted to be a one-term PM ...
  • Happy birthday, Friedrich von Hayek

    Happy birthday, Friedrich von Hayek

    Administrator CPS | | History
    Today we celebrate the birthday of one the most important political and economic philosophers of the 20th century, Friedrich von Hayek. Born in Vienna, educated in Freiburg, Chicago and London, Hayek was one of the leading minds supporting the resurgence of classical liberalism. While Hayek’s work won him a Nobel ...
  • Lessons on long-term bonds: Keynes on 1932 debt conversion

    Lessons on long-term bonds: Keynes on 1932 debt conversion

    Ryan Bourne | | History
    Jeremy Warner wrote an excellent critique of George Osborne’s proposed 100-year bond on Wednesday, claiming that investors would be mad to take them on.He cites the example of the War Loan conversion in 1932, when in a time of national crisis, the Chancellor Neville Chamberlain managed to persuade investors to ...
  • A Classic of Liberal Thought

    A Classic of Liberal Thought

    Jeremy Jennings | | History
    Professor Jeremy Jennings is Director of the Centre for the Study of Political Thought at Queen Mary, University of London. His latest works are Revolution and the Republic: A History of Political Thought in France published by Oxford University Press in 2011 and his edition of Destutt de Tracy's 'A ...
  • The origins of laissez-faire

    The origins of laissez-faire

    Jeremy Jennings | | History
    Professor Jeremy Jennings blogs on the origins of the term "laissez-faire". My assumption is that the majority of people who read CPS blogs believe in a free market and that they are familiar with the pro-market arguments advanced by writers such as Adam Smith and Friedrich von Hayek. However I wonder ...
  • The Horror! The Horror!

    The Horror! The Horror!

    Jeremy Jennings | | History
    As many readers of the Centre for Policy Studies website will know, these were the words uttered by Mr Kurtz in Joseph Conrad’s famous novel, The Heart of Darkness. T. S. Eliot later used them as an epigraph to his original manuscript of The Wasteland. They are often seen as ...
  • End of the Western Model

    End of the Western Model

    Stefan Andreasson | | History
    The emergence in the early 1990s of India’s ‘Look East’ policy confirmed an important shift in thinking about the future direction and aspirations of major developing countries, in this case the former jewel in the British imperial crown. Looking East suggested that India would find its future destiny not primarily ...