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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…
If there was one key success that anyone who took part in the Paris Climate Conference or who watched from the side-lines felt, it was enthusiasm for a deal. The despondence of previous conferences was replaced by a more optimistic tone that an effective solution to climate change was possible in the near future. It is not important that the deal was not legally binding except that national governments were required to implement their own INDC’s (Individually Determined National Contributions).…
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:25

Bright Blue’s predictions for 2016

2015 was full of surprises, from a Conservative majority that confounded the pollsters to a rank outsider in Jeremy Corbyn going on to win the Labour Leadership with a massive mandate. Bright Blue’s Executive team have come forward with their predictions of what 2016 has in store politically. Our director Ryan Shorthouse, decided to focus on the area he thought would dominate the Conservative government’s policy agenda over the next year. “The PM wants the EU referendum out of the…
The Government has made it clear that welfare reform is a ball which will keep on rolling throughout this parliament. Building on the changes implemented in the last parliament, more are on their way. One of the most significant is underlined in an article this past Friday from Justin Tomlinson, the Minister for Disabled people: the extension of jobcentre support and conditionality to in-work claimants of Universal Credit. “Importantly and uniquely, UC stays with people when they enter work until…
Thursday, 07 January 2016 10:27

Matt Browne: Our wildlife needs the EU

Amidst all the bustle of Christmas, one of last month’s news stories was easy to miss. As red robins graced cards, and turtle doves flitted through carol recitals, wildlife charities published a new assessment indicating severe declines amongst Britain’s native bird species. According to the report 27% of UK bird species have declined to such an extent that they are now of conservation concern, up from 21% in 2009. It isn’t just birds – a separate study published last month…

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