Policy

Economic

Fracking and the new Luddites

Sajid Javid is right to ignore the doubters and greenlight fracking. For one thing, he’s got all the right people working themselves up into a hysterical frenzy. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government overruled Lancashire Council’s rejection of a site, a decision which had been appealed by shale […]

by × October 9, 2016 ×

Economic, News

Future proofing the economy: Philip Hammond’s speech in full #CPC16

It’s great to be back in Birmingham – and a privilege to address this conference as Chancellor of the Exchequer. I don’t think I am giving away any state secrets in admitting that I just might have hoped to have been a Treasury Minister a little bit earlier in my […]

by × October 3, 2016 ×

Health & Environment, Liberty

Christopher Snowdon on the Moral Argument for Choice & Personal Responsibility

Christopher Snowdon on the Moral Argument for Choice & Personal Responsibility

Christopher Snowdon’s 2015 speech at the Palace of Westminster for the Conservatives for Liberty lobby evening: Forgive Us Our Trespasses: The Moral Case for Choice & Personal Responsibility  When I think about personal liberty and the nanny state; I think of first and foremost of the so-called “public health” lobby. They seem […]

by × September 23, 2016 ×

Economic

Energy policy: Time for common sense

Energy policy should not be based on reducing CO2 emissions as quickly as possible regardless of all costs and practicality  Last week saw “The New Dawn of Truth – The London Climate Change Conference 2016″, hosted in Conway Hall by a group of climate scientists with sceptical views on the […]

by × September 18, 2016 ×

Health, Health & Environment

Give failing NHS Trusts more freedom to innovate: ‘Academy Trusts’

Give failing NHS Trusts more freedom to innovate: ‘Academy Trusts’

The NHS needs reform, renewal and innovation The NHS is in a mess. As a structure it is failing to keep up with the growing and changing demands of the country, including an aging population. More money is poured in every year – yes, the NHS budget is rising – […]

by × September 15, 2016 ×

Education, Leftwatch

The binary approach of socialists to education, and life

Eternal Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is incensed by the idea of grammar schools making a comeback. Despite a lot of evidence to demonstrate the widespread and catastrophic failure of the comprehensive system when it comes to meeting basic educational criteria, Corbyn, who once got divorced because his wife wanted send […]

by × September 12, 2016 ×

Education, News

Theresa May plans radical education reform

Theresa May has announced some surprising education reforms which herald a new push for radicalism On Friday morning there was a surprise announcement by Theresa May of a government plan to shake up the education system and allow schools to become selective. In effect, putting an end to the arbitrary ban on Grammar schools […]

by × September 12, 2016 ×

Education

Toby Young dives into the grammar school debate on Twitter

Toby Young dives into the grammar school debate on Twitter

This morning there was an announcement by the Prime Minister of a government plan to shake up the educational system and allow schools to become selective. It’s a contentious subject, but Theresa May summed up her reasoning pretty succinctly this morning: “The truth is that we already have selection in our school […]

by × September 9, 2016 ×

Education, News

We must address the underachievement of boys in education

Boys are falling behind in education and the problem can no longer be ignored. There is a gender gap in education. New government figures have revealed that 50.46 percent of boys have failed to meet the new, tougher standard in their SAT exams. As alarming as this is, it is […]

by × September 7, 2016 ×

Constitution

How to create a meritocratic House of Lords

How to create a meritocratic House of Lords

The House of Lords needs reform, and not just because of its bloated membership size. Four times over the past year the institution threatened to create a constitutional crisis. First, they voted to delay for the tax credit cuts passed three times by the House of Commons. This was a […]

by × August 29, 2016 ×

Health & Environment, Taxation

The Sugar Tax should go the way of the Pasty Tax

The Sugar Tax should go the way of the Pasty Tax

Statement from the People Against Sugar Tax campaign The sugar tax will be one of the silliest taxes in recent times. We all remember the pasty tax in 2012. It generated headlines all over the world before the Chancellor wisely scrapped the tax. Well now we have the sugar tax, […]

by × August 23, 2016 ×

Education

The grammar school debate exposes
Left wing hypocrisy

The mere suggestion that the Government may repeal the ban on new grammar schools has sent Left wingers into meltdown. The arguments against are dubious. It is foolish to use evidence based on the tiny amount of grammars left – oversubscribed, narrowly rationed and dominated by the middle class – […]

by × August 20, 2016 ×