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The dangers of energy ‘targetism’

The dangers of energy ‘targetism’

Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, argues that Tim Yeo MP is wrong to call for the inclusion of a 2030 decarbonisation target for the electricity sector in the upcoming Energy Bill, warning of the problems with trying to set legislation according to long-term predictions.

Bill of Rights: ‘Why I fear this will prove I was right to be worried’

Bill of Rights: ‘Why I fear this will prove I was right to be worried’

Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant for Political Institutions, argues that the upcoming report by the Commission on a British Bill of Rights is likely to be disappointing. Michael argues that even if a British Bill of Rights is published, it is likely that the European Court of Human Rights will still have a final say on matters of national significance.

It’s time for the Crown Prosecution Service to grow up

It’s time for the Crown Prosecution Service to grow up

Karen Sosa, Crime & Justice Research Fellow at Policy Exchange and author of recent report In the Public Interest, writes highlighting failings with the Crown Prosecution Service. She calls for greater accountability for the organisation, as well as a greater public-facing approach to its work.

Don’t set different parts of the UK against each other

Don’t set different parts of the UK against each other

David Skelton, Policy Exchange’s Deputy Director, argues in response to a recent article by Kelvin MacKenzie that narrowing the North/South divide is a priority for long-term prosperity across the whole of the UK. David said this goal should not be cheapened by outdated stereotypes about the North.

A new Bank of England for a new Governor

A new Bank of England for a new Governor

James Barty, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant for Financial Policy and author of recent Policy Exchange reportReform of the Bank of England, sets out recommendations for reform from the report including ceding power to the Deputy Governors, greater external influence and hiring more people with financial experience.

The great divide

The great divide

Neil O’Brien, Policy Exchange’s Director, discusses the failure to close the North/South divide, arguing that both Westminster politicians and Northern council leaders fail to understand the nature of the problems the North faces. He makes recommendations which would help boost the Northern economy, including welcoming successful academy chains, local pay bargaining and planning reform.

The Work Programme – progress but still lots to do

The Work Programme – progress but still lots to do

Ed Holmes, Policy Exchange’s Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Social Policy, argues that it is too early to judge the success of the Work Programme at this stage and that there are reasons – such as the focus on sustainable employment – to be optimistic about the Programme.

The quest for digital skills

The quest for digital skills

Chris Yiu, Head of Digital Government at Policy Exchange, argues that the UK has the potential to be a world leader in the high-tech and digital economy. Chris sets out findings from Policy Exchange report Bits and Billions, arguing the government needs to make it easier for UK digital start-ups to hire overseas talent.

Lynton Crosby’s three main priorities when he enters CCHQ

Lynton Crosby’s three main priorities when he enters CCHQ

Nick Faith, Head of Communications at Policy Exchange, sets out three main priorities that Lynton Crosby needs to address when he joins the Conservative party’s 2015 election campaign. Nick cites findings from Policy Exchange’s reportNorthern Lights which found that the Conservative party lacks support in the North and in urban areas.

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