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With Jeremy Corbyn elected as the new Labour Party leader, there are countless individuals within the Conservative camp who are under the impression that the 2020 general election will be something of a formality. Such sentiments are founded with good reason, but one ought not to get carried away – there are still challenges ahead for the Conservative Party, and it must not become complacent. When David Cameron was installed as the leader of the Conservatives in 2005, he was…
What is happening in local government at the moment is quietly revolutionary, for several reasons. Firstly, the way devolution is happening turns on its head the historic approach to local government reorganisation. The reorganisations of 1974 and 1997 were done in the usual way. Parliament passed an Act. A commission of the Great and the Good was formed. Rutland was abolished, then created again. People in Metropolitan Borough X and County Y fulminated that what was being done to them…
The Teresa Carreño Theatre in Caracas is over 4,500 miles from Hawthorn Primary School. They are brought together by a cacophony of children learning how to make and love organised sound. Following an autumn statement that was unexpectedly encouraging towards the arts, this relationship may have acquired a new relevance. Most classical music fans will have heard of the Venezuelan Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Its social action education programme, El Sistema, was set up in 1975, and famously fostered ‘The…
Research published recently by the Resolution Foundation shows that in 1997, when Tony Blair and New Labour came to power, spending on the oldest in society was a third of the total spent by government. By the end of the Coalition’s time in government, this had risen to 43.4%. With pensions triple locked and as we prepare to tighten our belts further in the aim of removing the deficit, it is not inconceivable that government spending at the end of…
The motivations underpinning the Autumn Statement yesterday have roots deep in 19th century Conservatism; roots that should encourage all those who want to see the incomes of the poorest rise. The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement drew predictable cries of horror from the left. One theme stood out amidst the subsequent 140-character-condemnations – that George Osborne’s reduction in the proportion of state spending is unparalleled in modern political history and marks a return to an older, more uncaring political tradition. Gordon Brown…
British politics has a serious problem with voter apathy, especially amongst the young. We need to act soon to correct this. Electoral turnout, historically between seventy and eighty percent, was 59.4% in 2001 and in the mid-to-low sixties at the past three elections. The numbers make for depressing reading and betray a society with sharp divides between the politically disengaged and regular voters; the turnout was 56% amongst BME voters, 43% amongst 18-24 year olds and 78% amongst 65+ voters.…
Increasing the number of graduates is vital for the UK economy. As the recent higher education (HE) green paper demonstrated, the Government believes that, in the years to come, increasing productivity will be the principal driver of economic growth. Improving the skills of workers is an essential part of this. And over 50% of the 14.4 million jobs expected to become vacant between 2012 and 2022 are in occupations which are more likely to employ graduates. Trends in the HE…
Bright Blue held its Energy and Climate Change Forum last week at Westminster’s Old Star pub. Ben Caldecott, an Associate Fellow with Bright Blue and author of ‘Green & Responsible Conservatism’, started the discussion. He suggested that liberal conservatives had a real opportunity to make a practical difference to the energy debate, as they possessed both an understanding of climate change science and a predilection for solutions that worked with rather than against human nature. A number of policy proposals…
Friday, 30 October 2015 11:06

Coordinate a Bright Blue forum

Bright Blue are currently looking for new forum coordinators. Our forums are informal spaces in which to discuss policy and politics. Currently Bright Blue runs two forums – the Education Forum and the Energy and Climate Change Forum. Both forums take place in a pub on a weekday evening and attract likeminded individuals. The role of the forum coordinator is to organise the event and chair the discussion on the night. Bright Blue provides assistance in both of these regards.…
Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly called for the renationalisation of Britain’s railways, a policy endorsed (according to the polls) by a majority of voters. However any temptation to return the railways to public control would make little sense and must be resisted. The first argument against renationalisation is the success of privatisation, which has seen the number of journeys undertaken rise year-on-year to 1.5 billion; under British Rail, it dropped from one billion in 1948 to 750 million. Safety has dramatically…

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