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The 2015 General Election saw the Conservatives receive one million ethnic minority votes for the first time in its electoral history – largely at the expense of Labour. A post-election survey by British Future showed that the Tories supposedly now enjoy an electoral advantage within Britain’s Hindu and Sikh communities by a margin of 8% over Labour (49% / 41% in both cases). This sharply contrasts with the 2010 election figures, where according to a 2014 report produced by think-tank…
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 13:46

Dave Coplin: The problem with productivity

Dave Coplin explains how we must work smarter to address the productivity crisis The UK economy faces a massive problem, one that extends beyond the recession and transcends governments and political parties. It is the problem of productivity. It may sound counter-intuitive, after all, isn’t productivity supposed to be the solution not the problem? The truth is, right now there is a productivity crisis that has the UK (and many other economies) in its grasp. But why is this the…
John Longworth discusses how government can show commitment to access to finance The UK’s post-recession recovery has been impressive, and despite the slowdown in Q3 2015 GDP per capita remains just above its pre-crisis peak. This is credit to the hard work and resilience of British businesses who drove the recovery, and who have also ensured that over the past two years UK GDP grew faster than any other G7 economy. One of the lasting effects of the recession, however,…
This confirms everything – why ‘Climate Shock’ is able to explain how the risks involved with climate change can be solved with the tools we have at our disposal Weitzman and Wagner’s collaborative effort, ‘Climate Shock – The economic consequences of a hotter planet’ is not your typical book on how to prevent climate change. Weitzman and Wagner offer a profound insight with their explanation of how the risks associated with a changing climate require new modes of economic thinking.…
Bright Blue held their latest Drink Tank last week, a packed out event featuring Life Sciences Minister George Freeman MP. Amidst the ebb and flow of discussion Mr Freeman touched on a thesis about the current political landscape, suggesting that the demons awoken by the 2008 crash now defined British politics, with the perception that the crash led to an iniquitous consolidation of wealth hardening into a widespread public anger. A slight chill was audible in the room at this…
Oliver Letwin’s recent Bright Blue lecture on the theme of ‘Opportunity for All’ presented a solid case that the current government’s policies were – slowly but surely – improving life chances for people right across the socio-economic spectrum. He was at pains to make clear, however, that this was not the limit of his ambition – he wanted to achieve “real equality of opportunity for all”. While he acknowledged that this was a high bar, he felt it was one…
Bright Blue's Director Ryan Shorthouse recently spoke at the Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education's School Choice Week conference in a debate, defending the motion "This house believes that school choice is the best way to provide educational opportunity and improve equity". Watch Ryan's speech below (starts 18:02)
Bright Blue's Drinks Tanks are an opportunity to meet, drink and discuss ideas, and last night’s event with George Freeman MP was no exception. The Minister for Life Sciences opened with the compelling thesis that New Labour ‘inverted the pyramid’, moving Britain from a society with entry for all at the bottom, and an accountable and admired few at the top to one where entry into society is difficult, and dominated by an unelected elite. This theme of an ‘unelected…
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 18:21

Ryan Shorthouse: Family-friendly migration?

Today, the Migration Observatory at Oxford University has published a report analysing the implications of the current Minimum Income Rule that British Citizens need to meet to be able to sponsor a family visa for their spouse. Currently, that minimum income level is £18,600 per annum, which increases if the citizen is also wanting to bring in children. The Coalition Government introduced this policy in 2012 as part of its plan to reduce net migration. It is a contentious policy.…
Over the past fifteen years (and beyond) Oliver Letwin has been one of the Conservative Party’s most influential figures. With various stints as Shadow Chancellor and Shadow Home Secretary, to his current role as the Chancellor of the Duchy Lancaster where he’s responsible for overseeing the cabinet office, he’s been at the heart of Conservative Party policy. But before he entered party politics, Letwin was a philosopher. His background in philosophy, in particular in emotion and ethics, was on full…

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