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Benedict Dellot on how government can help those who go it alone Take the wages. People who strike out on their own earn a third less than someone in a typical job. They are also half as likely to contribute to a private pension, and considerably less likely to engage in regular training. This is not to mention the myriad personal pressures: isolation, a lack of affirmation and an abiding sense of precariousness. Why, then, do the ranks of the…
The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP says that vocational education is the key to social mobility I grew up on Stapleton Road in Bristol, which a tabloid once dubbed “Britain’s most dangerous street” and “a moral cesspit”. Sure, it wasn’t exactly salubrious, but the people I knew around there weren’t bad, or lazy, or stupid. More often than not, they just lacked the opportunities that many take for granted. And when my school careers advisor said I should set my…
Bim Afolami on the changing nature of finance in the digital economy What did the financial crisis demonstrate about modern, big and globalised finance? Although we appreciate that the answer as to who ‘caused’ the financial crisis is complex, the crisis has shown that much recent financial innovation has failed to create (or even enhance) enough economic value in the real economy. In the future, the key question is: how should finance help serve the new economy and correspondingly re-legitimise…
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)

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