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The Spanish Escalation

  Andreas Nicolaides looks at the escalating row over the British territory The last few weeks have seen what should have been a rather trivial event – the creation of an artificial reef for marine life – escalate into a full blown diplomatic row. Lying just off the coast of Spain around the western tip of the continent, the rock […]

by · 22nd August 2013 · Blog
Book Review: Britannia Unchained by Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss

Book Review: Britannia Unchained by Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore and Elizabeth Truss

By Matthew Gass It’s that time of year again. Rumours of a post summer Cabinet reshuffle are in the air. Returning with them is the debate over whether preference should go to the longer serving MPs who did the heavy lifting in opposition or if it’s time to promote some of the younger, more media savvy intake of 2010. If […]

by · 21st August 2013 · Blog
Parliament Street Announces 2013 Conference Reception and Panel Debate

Parliament Street Announces 2013 Conference Reception and Panel Debate

  Craig Rimmer, President of Parliament Street has formally announced our two conference events at Manchester this year. Sunday September 29: An evening drinks reception in the Midland Hotel Monday September 30: A panel debate on ‘Life After the Lib Dems’ We hope you can join us in Manchester for another ground breaking conference. Best wishes The Parliament Street Board

by · 19th August 2013 · frontpage, Blog
A&E’s Crisis of Leadership

A&E’s Crisis of Leadership

    By Haseeb Arif MPs have slammed A&E crisis plans, aimed at relieving the immense pressure placed on these departments at times of high risk. These findings, made by a cross party commission of MPs have come amid claims that A&E departments throughout the country are missing the 4 hours waiting times. Their probe came as a result of […]

by · 6th August 2013 · Blog
Book Review: Boomerang by Michael Lewis

Book Review: Boomerang by Michael Lewis

By Matthew Gass Michael Lewis’s last book, The Big Short, sought to tell the story of the 2008 financial crash through the eyes of a handful of people who people who saw it coming. They tried to warn a lot of people, but they also made huge and risky bets on the outcome which paid off enormously. Many might view […]

by · 29th July 2013 · Blog

Japan Revisited

A few weeks ago Parliament Street blogged about how Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s aggressive economic strategy of loose monetary policy, heavy fiscal stimulus and radical liberalisation of the economy might not be living up to the hype, at least on the liberalisation front. The concern was that the necessary reforms were being blocked by special interests, not least because […]

by · 22nd July 2013 · Blog
Three letters, three numbers

Three letters, three numbers

By Haseeb Arif A National Health Scandal 13,000 – The number of “excess deaths” between 2005 and 2010. 1,600 – The number of deaths “above the national NHS average” recorded at Basildon and Thurrock university hospital. 14 – The total number of failing NHS trusts in England alone. Former Conservative Chancellor Norman Lamont once called the NHS “the closest thing […]

by · 17th July 2013 · Blog
IPSA funny old thing…

IPSA funny old thing…

By Shaun Dias The latest twist in the expenses saga was depressingly predictable The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has decided that MPs’ salary should be increased by more than £6,500 after the next election, stating that political salaries have fallen behind those of other professions. The salary increase will be around 10 per cent and will be offered in […]

by and · 16th July 2013 · Blog
Meanwhile, In Japan

Meanwhile, In Japan

Source: Reuters Japan is undertaking an economic experiment with heavy implications for the rest of the world. George Osborne has declared time and time again that there is no Plan B. Ed Miliband and Ed Balls’ have also been talking tough on borrowing over the last few weeks. However, if growth hasn’t picked up after the next election a return […]

by · 4th July 2013 · Blog
The Future of Local Government

The Future of Local Government

By Luke Mackenzie The future of Local Government is perhaps one of the biggest issues that victory in 2015 will need to face. Recently Lord Heseltine published a report on how to create wealth, titled ‘No Stone Unturned’, he listed 89 recommendations. Recommendation 11, in my view is one of the most important and consequential of these:  ‘All two-tier English […]

by · 1st July 2013 · Blog