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Brazil at a Crossroads – Can it cope with being a First World Power?

By Jacques Arnold Brazil, where football is almost a religion, is seeing rioters complaining against the vast expenditure on preparations for the Football World Cup to be held in Brazil next year. Something very serious is afoot for that to happen. Brazil, the “B” in the Brics, has had a remarkable run since the end of the military dictatorship in […]

by · 25th June 2013 · Blog
Drones4U

Drones4U

By Matthew Gass The Predator is currently the face of Unmanned Arial Vehicles. Events in Germany show that might be changing Abe Karem, the aerospace engineer credited as the inventor of the modern Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV), was quoted as saying “I was not the guy who put missiles on the Predator”. Someone did though, and over the past few […]

by · 19th June 2013 · Blog
Our Elderly deserve better than Labour

Our Elderly deserve better than Labour

By Craig Rimmer Ed Balls and the Labour Party now, in an attempt to make us forget about their profligate spending in office, wish to hit the most vulnerable in Society and cap the State Pension. Ed Balls announced as much on the BBC this weekend. This is a further betrayal of hard working British people by the Party which […]

by · 10th June 2013 · Blog
Clare George-Hilley: Don’t Let Britain Become Labour’s Fruit Machine Again

Clare George-Hilley: Don’t Let Britain Become Labour’s Fruit Machine Again

By Clare George-Hilley Director of Communities and Social Justice Contrary to popular belief, the last Labour Government did indeed secure one lasting legacy of note, and that was reminding every man, woman and child in the country that they cannot be trusted with the economy. As the banks crashed and the mountains of debt stacked up, like a dead-beat poker player, […]

by · 9th June 2013 · Blog
Downing Street Affair: How Social Media Lost its *Innocent Face*

Downing Street Affair: How Social Media Lost its *Innocent Face*

By Steven George-Hilley The social media revolution has empowered millions of people across the globe, providing a platform for instant interaction and content sharing in real-time with vast online communities at the touch of a button. It has also fundamentally changed the traditional approach to news gathering with media outlets geared towards securing front-page scoops accompanied by a big splash […]

by · 4th June 2013 · Blog

Why the European Commission’s plans to regulate interchange fees will damage UK consumers

By Damon Gibbons The European Commission’s plans to regulate so-called ‘multilateral interchange fees’ could have major implications for the Government’s ability to successfully implement welfare reform and will negatively impact on financial inclusion efforts in the UK. The introduction of Universal Credit aims to incentivise claimants to return to work and achieve financial independence. A major change is the making […]

by · 3rd June 2013 · Blog
Cutting aid to South Africa: Sensible policy, so why are Labour and the left so incensed?

Cutting aid to South Africa: Sensible policy, so why are Labour and the left so incensed?

  Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, has announced that from 2015 the UK will no longer give £19 million a year in aid to South Africa, the 29th wealthiest country in the world. As well as being a fellow member of the G20, South Africa has an annual GDP (PPP) of $555.1 billion. In a desperate attempt […]

by · 1st May 2013 · Blog
Margaret Thatcher’s funeral: a view from Ludgate Circus

Margaret Thatcher’s funeral: a view from Ludgate Circus

On 17 April 2013, Margaret Thatcher’s funeral took place at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. I was among the crowds at Ludgate Circus.
Margaret Thatcher's coffin passes through Ludgate Circus

by · 20th April 2013 · Blog

Margaret Thatcher’s real influence

By Matthew Gass

The last few days have seen hundreds, maybe thousands, of eulogies to Margaret Thatcher. Whether they were kind, cruel, respectful or damning what is clear is that the country felt like it knew her in a very personal way.
I cannot claim to do so. Her last general election victory was a few months before I was born and I spent my formative political years living and studying abroad. […]

by · 17th April 2013 · Blog

Margaret Thatcher’s legacy

Elliot van Emden

I was fortunate enough to meet Margaret Thatcher a number of times over the course of my life – first with my grandfather when I was 5 in her Finchley & Golders Green surgery. Little did I know at the tender age of 5 the enormous figure in world politics that I was in the presence of! […]

by · 16th April 2013 · Blog