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Writing for Policy Exchange, Richard Walton — former Head of the Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism Command — dissects recent statements that Brexit has left Britain more vulnerable to terrorism. Contrary to claims by his former colleague Sir Hugh Orde and the former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Walton observes that international bodies such as Interpol and Europol are far less important to “upstream” international CT investigations than bilateral collaboration between nations. Walton’s analysis for Policy exchange featured on the Today programme and in The Sun.
Policies proposed in the parties’ manifestos have directed attention towards the issue of wealth. In this article, Rebecca Lowe Coulson — Policy Exchange’s State and Society Research Fellow — provides clarification about what we know about wealth in the UK.
Policy Exchange’s Head of Trade Policy Geoff Raby and Visiting Fellow Andrew Stoler argue that “While a high-quality FTA with the EU is the preferred outcome and in the best interests of both parties, the UK need not fear a world in which trade in goods and services and the regulatory disciplines that apply are those of the modern WTO.” They set out in an article for ConservativeHome how even in sectors with relatively high WTO tariffs, any challenge is likely to be greater for EU exporters to the UK than for UK exporters to the EU
In response to the Labour Party’s proposed agenda of nationalisation, Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economic and Social Policy — discusses the challenges Britain faced during the time when its leading utilities were all government opened and run.
Warwick Lightfoot — Policy Exchange’s Director of Research, and Head of Economics and Social Policy — reflects on President Trump’s recent full budget message to Congress. Lightfoot contends that, while ‘some of the administration’s proposals are sensible’, the message is ‘ambitious’, and its projected figures are ‘optimistic and controversial’.
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