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Sales of electric vehicles have been increasing rapidly over the last five years, from around 3,500 units sold in 2012 to 70,000 this year. No longer a futuristic novelty, there are now roughly 500,000 electric and hybrid cars on Europe’s roads. The UK Government is keen to support the development of the private EV sector. In most circumstances, buyers of new electric cars can take advantage of a government grant of up to £4,500 put towards the cost of their…
Media reports yesterday suggested that Number 10 will delay proposals for a British Bill of Rights until after the process to leave the European Union has been completed. The reports also revealed that the Prime Minister,Theresa May could put plans to withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in her 2020 Conservative Party manifesto. According to the Telegraph, the Prime Minister might attempt to “lift and shift” the ECHR into UK law. This process would involve replicating the…
In the UK, significant self-driving vehicle trials have mostly been restricted to pedestrianised zones of Coventry, Greenwich, Bristol and Milton Keynes. The Government has made support of self-driving technology a key component of its industrial strategy and regards the fledgling market as an important sector in the country’s post-Brexit economy. From next year, autonomous driving trials on Britain’s public roads are set to become more widespread. Volvo are planning on testing autonomous cars in London from early 2017, with the…
Saturday, 24 December 2016 12:00

Joe Slater: Friends without benefits

It is hard to overstate the scale of change currently occurring in Britain, Europe, and the West. 2016 is the year of Trump and Sanders; Corbyn and Farage; Brexit and perhaps the demise of our liberal consensus. Just as in 1834, the year of the Tamworth Manifesto, these challenges require answers. For many in Britain the vote to leave was a national embarrassment, exposing nationalistic tendencies previously hidden below the surface. For conservatives the referendum should mean something quite different.…
Are the politics of the far- Right more prevalent in countries where electoral systems offer a binary choice of candidates? The past few years have witnessed an odyssey of change in popular political thought which has been interpreted as an increasing support for the radicalism of the Right. Those views previously considered at the extreme of the ideological spectrum are proving to be more widely-held than previously thought, enjoying normalisation via the rhetoric of movements and parties of this ultra-conservative…
Sunday, 04 December 2016 14:23

Saveena Mangat: We still trust the experts

Bright Blue took a major step forward in our Conservatism and human rights project last week as the Commission held its oral evidence session . The first session focused on gender discrimination with representatives from The Fawcett Society, PWC, Women’s Aid and Safe Lives. A consensus formed: despite improvements in gender equality, there is still a long way to go. Polly Neate, chief executive of Women’s Aid, pointed to evidence that suggesting that violence against women is increasing against the…
Friday, 02 December 2016 12:34

Sam Hall: The lights are going out on coal

November has been a very significant month for the coal industry. Perhaps the most high-profile news was the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, who promised during his campaign to end ‘the war on coal’ by repealing President Obama’s environmental regulations. Supporters at his rallies carried placards saying ‘Trump digs coal’. Trump’s victory caused shares in major coal producer Peabody to rocket by 45% in one day. His advocacy of coal encapsulated his appeal to disaffected…
Is the Electoral College really working for US presidential elections? The electoral system in the US can appear to us mere mortals outside of the Fifty States as a monolithically complex system of voters, delegates, colleges and primaries, all bound together by an endless cycle of debates. With the news that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 1,000,000, everyone who predicted that this centuries- old system would come under far greater scrutiny is being proved right. Specifically,…
Brexit. Soft Brexit. Hard Brexit. Bremain. Bremoan. Brexiteers. Bremainers. “Brexit means Brexit”. Frexit. Grexit. Ever since 23 June, Brexit has seeped into every pore of our political narrative. Like a Farage-shaped vacuum, it has sucked the air and energy out of our political system and consumed everything in its path. I am passionate about politics, but even I admit that I feel a faint sense of dread as the word “Brexit” is uttered at work or, possibly worst of all,…
In an election campaign characterised by personal smears that would make even Frank Underwood blush, one sound bite stands above the rest. Make America Great Again: The defining slogan of the most divisive election in recent US history. In one of the most successful interpretations of public discontent, Trump repeatedly invoked this phrase to enchant a demographic of the electorate who felt that their views were unheard and ignored by mainstream politicians. Like any self-respecting entrepreneur, Donald Trump spotted this…

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