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Centre Write
As has quickly become apparent, the full implications of summer’s EU referendum will be felt for many more months, and years, to come. Whichever side of the debate you sat on, it is hard to turn a blind eye to the sheer scale of the engagement and interest in the game-changing question of UK’s place in Europe. I remember attending and being a part of the national POWER inquiry back in 2005, where we had little idea how large the…
We are living in times of great geopolitical instability. There are currently more than 65 million displaced people, 90% from poor and middle income countries placing huge burdens on hosting countries. The majority of hosting countries are developing countries and 70-80% of displaced persons are living not in camps but in communities in cities. We must support hosting countries and countries from where people are leaving. It is laudable that the UK government recently announced millions of pounds to support…
Following the American elections has been a somewhat dispiriting experience for classical liberals, even for us Brits who do not get a ballot. Who should those of us who believe in low taxes, social freedom, and a caring but restrained state want to become the most powerful person in the world? On the one hand there is Donald Trump. From his vile anti-immigration rhetoric and misogynistic outbursts, to his backing of trade tariffs, there is nothing liberal to be found…
New figures released on Thursday show that the higher education participation rate rose to 48% in 2014-15. The participation rate is now higher than it was prior to the Coalition Government announcing the trebling of tuition fees. Indeed the participation rate has only been beaten in one year, 2011-12. Most researchers agree the rate was artificially high in that year due to students choosing not to defer their entry to university in order to avoid the new tuition fee regime.…
My first encounter with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) took place at 17. I had been to Manchester the previous weekend. I noticed that I needed to urinate more frequently. When I urinated there was a burning sensation. And it was gonorrhoea. Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) at the school I attended was sporadic, hastily organised and far from comprehensive in its coverage. I was at secondary school in the late ‘90s and in the years shortly after the Millennium.…
Incentivising home energy improvements should be an urgent priority for government. They give individual households more control over their energy bills, improve public health, and increase the value of the property. They also reduce carbon emissions, help to improve energy security, and boost economic productivity. As part of our Green conservatism project, Bright Blue has today published a new report, “Better homes: incentivising home energy improvements”, which recommends some new policies to cost-effectively stimulate the home energy improvement market. Since…
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 22:20

The Tamworth Prize

The Tamworth Prize The Tamworth Prize is our annual essay competition for young people run by Bright Blue. It is a chance for young people to explain what sort of centre-right Britain needs today. The Prize is named after the Tamworth Manifesto which Sir Robert Peel published in 1834. The Tamworth Manifesto set out what the Conservative Party would stand for in a changing Britain following the passing of the Great Reform Act two years earlier. Peel promised that as…
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:04

Constantine Fraser: Going all in

Let's imagine that, come June 24th, Cameron's luck has held and brought him squeaking home again. The UK has voted to stay in the European Union, and the Remain campaign's margin of victory (while you certainly couldn't call it generous) is enough to settle the matter of membership until the current political generation is put out to pasture. Let's also suppose- this might require a greater leap of the imagination- that the government doesn't immediately descend into civil war. Instead,…
Conventional wisdom suggests that the wounds of the past are tormenting the Conservative Party in the present. Pundits have been quick to claim that tensions on Europe dating from the 1990’s have been brought to the surface by the EU referendum, and could in due course split the party apart. It is an entertaining narrative, and one that allows journalists to dust off juicy ‘Tory Civil War’ headlines. However it overlooks an intriguing aspect of the (admittedly robust) blue-on-blue referendum…
During PMQs last week, Jeremy Corbyn briefly returned to an old, if lately somewhat neglected Labour theme: food banks. It was the first time for some months that the subject has been prominently raised in the House of Commons. The relative absence of the issue from recent debates is striking, and the reasons for this change worth exploring. A year ago, the issue of food banks possessed considerable political prominence. In the run-up to the 2015 general election Labour frequently…

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