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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
How a Byron Burger Knocked Labour Out of the Headlines

How a Byron Burger Knocked Labour Out of the Headlines

By Steven George-Hilley The Spending Review was always going to be a tough sell for George Osborne. Economic progress has been slower than expected, health and international aid budgets have been ring-fenced meaning that savings would have to come from already hard hit departments. This should have been the perfect opportunity for Ed Balls to remind voters of his ‘Too […]

by · 30th June 2013 · Blog

It’s Not All Cheques and Balances

A recent YouGov report puts support for the Conservative message of limited government, financial responsibility and lower taxation up amongst those aged between 18 and 24. 31% of the aptly named ‘Generation Y’ endorse the Tories. George Osborne’s statement that he will put a “limit on the nation’s credit card” will then presumably be met with a relatively warm welcome. […]

by · 27th June 2013 · Blog

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