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Theresa May’s Leadership and the Post-Brexit Conservative Opportunity: creating a popular people’s party
Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economics and Social Policy — was special adviser to three Chancellors of the Exchequer during the ERM controversy. Here he responds to last week’s Conservative Party manifesto, noting that the ‘electoral earthquake’ of Brexit has offered Theresa May ‘the opportunity to reunite the Conservative Party and the wider centre-right spectrum’ on the issue of Europe, in a way which is ‘little short of astonishing’.
David Goodhart — Head of Policy Exchange’s Demography, Immigration, and Integration unit — reflects on whether there is an economic cost attached to the Government’s aim of reducing immigration to ‘tens of thousands’. He argues that the connection between economic growth and high immigration is not at all clear and that the future fiscal contribution of immigrants depends on who comes
Labour’s manifesto has an ambitious objective: to ‘rewrite the rules of a rigged system, so that our economy really works for the many, and not only the few’. It is expressly collectivist, claiming ‘Labour understands that the creation of wealth is a collective...
Professor Richard Ekins, Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, comments on the way in which the Conservative manifesto ‘sets out an ambitious agenda in response to the problem of judicialisation of war’. He points out that this was first placed on the wider public agenda ‘by Policy Exchange in two landmark papers, Fog of Law and Clearing the Fog of Law’.
In a new piece for TES, John Blake — Policy Exchange’s Head of Education and Social Reform — says Labour’s roadmap towards a National Education Service needs more landmarks than its slightly ambiguous manifesto provides
John Bew — Head of Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World project — reflects on Jeremy Corbyn’s recent Chatham House speech, and how the Labour leader is not part of the ‘noble tradition of liberal internationalism [that] has pumped blood to the heart of the Labour Party since its foundation and is an essential part of the Labour story’.
Policy Exchange placed lawfare against our Armed Forces and the “judicialisation of war” on the map with two seminal studies — The Fog of Law and Clearing the Fog of Law. Professor Richard Ekins, Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project, outlines the next Government’s options on this vital topic, which is of growing concern to the British public as well as the professionals.
Policy Exchange Director Dean Godson explores how gender, race, and sexuality dominated the early phases of Tory modernisation — and how the Prime Minister is now scaling the most challenging of peaks, namely class.
Lord Bew of Donegore, of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly and one of the leading historians of Ireland, takes on the fashionable notion on both sides of the Border – especially in the Republic – that Brexit is an historic crime perpetrated by a nationalistic British electorate that has set in train an inevitable drift towards Irish unity.
The European Court of Justice is not an impartial court and has no role to play in post-Brexit EU-UK relations
Leading authority on EU Law, Dr Gunnar Beck (SOAS), writes for Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project to explain why, as a matter of law, Britain can leave the EU without any liability for any allegedly outstanding sums under the EU budget. Dr Beck dismantles Helena Kennedy QC’s suggestion in the Guardian last week that the EU Court of Justice should have a role in post-Brexit Britain