At a cross-party event in Parliament, Policy Exchange launched a new report, The Age of Incivility: Understanding the New Politics, and a new Civility Hub aimed at analysing the worst examples of abuse which coarsen our public discourse. Former EHRC Chairman Trevor Phillips, who co-authored the report, chaired a debate with Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, FT journalist Sebastian Payne and Labour activist Emily Benn.
Policy Exchange also launched a call for evidence, asking anyone active in public life – from the national to the local level – who feels they have been subjected to uncivil, or extreme forms of abuse to contact us. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The beauty agenda is the brainchild of Policy Exchange,” reported The Economist, referencing our research paper Building More, Building Beautiful, which argued for design and style to be central to housebuilding. The Economist noted that the Government has “taken up the idea with vigour”, and quotes Tom Tugendhat MP’s remark that it is “the biggest idea in housing policy since the sale of council houses under Margaret Thatcher”.
It followed Sir Roger Scruton’s inaugural Colin Amery Memorial Lecture – part of Policy Exchange’s Building Beautiful Month. Sir Roger argued that the failure of much modern architecture “lies in the absence of any reliable patterns or types which can be used by ordinary builders so as to harmonise with the existing urban décor, while respecting the street and the façade as the defining contours of a shared space.” Watch his lecture.
Britain can become an “invisible chain that links the world’s democracies” after Brexit, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP said in his first UK keynote address as Foreign Secretary, at Policy Exchange. Noting that the rise of China will mean that for the first time the world’s largest economy will not be a democracy, he warned against a return to a principle of ‘might is right’ and announced an international conference on media freedom to be hosted by the UK next year. Watch the full speech here.
Peers have again backed Policy Exchange’s proposal to update the Law of Treason. Former Justice Minister Lord Faulks QC, backed by Lord Bethell and Lord Hodgson, proposed an amendment to the Counter Terrorism and Border Security Bill, which would follow proposals set out in Aiding the Enemy. Baroness Williams, Minister of State for Countering Extremism, commended Policy Exchange’s paper as a “useful contribution to the debate” and said treason offences may be considered as part of an ongoing Home Office review of all legislation applicable to hostile state activity.
Speaking at Policy Exchange’s annual reception at Conservative Party Conference, the Home Secretary said: “If I think about the policies regarding all the different roles I’ve had in Government – in every different role I’ve had there’s always been something from Policy Exchange that has helped us shape policy and have a real impact.
“Even now for me the work you are doing on counter-extremism, the work that’s been done on immigration, especially post-Windrush on what lessons we can learn, but also more broadly in politics the work you’ve done on being more civil in politics – you’re raising the tone of politics which I think is hugely important.” Watch the video of that event and more here.
Policy Exchange wins prize as best UK think on Energy and Environment issues
At the prestigious annual Prospect Think Tank of the Year Awards, Policy Exchange has won best UK think tank in the Energy and Environment category.
The unit’s research has ranged from the role of future nuclear modular reactors to cleaning up vehicle emissions in Britain’s cities. The judges recognised that our work paid “particular attention to the economic drivers behind environmental policy”. Just this week the Unit published a major new report setting how the UK can reduce carbon emissions and make UK heavy industry more competitive through an economy-wide carbon tax.
The work and convening power of Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World unit was also recognised at the awards, with the visit by US Defense Secretary James Mattis thought particularly notable.
Britain’s competitive and dynamic sea ports are well placed to reap the rewards of growing trade flows in and out of the UK. Around £570 billion in trade passes through Britain’s sea ports and after Brexit this is likely to increase, argues Policy Exchange’s new report Brexit: Prospects for Trade and Britain’s Maritime Ports.
The housing crisis will only be solved if the developers of new homes place more emphasis on design and style to gain the support of existing communities, according to exclusive new polling for Policy Exchange. Building More, Building Beautiful: How design and style can unlock the housing crisis, with a Foreword from Secretary of State for Housing Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, shows that support for traditional design is highest among lower socioeconomic groups and that Nimbyism can be overcome if plans better reflect people’s desire for traditional building design, like Victorian terraces and Georgian blocks.
The UK should become a global hub for ‘GovTech’, with digital technology offering the chance to transform the relationship between the state and the citizen, and create a more efficient, responsive and innovative state, says a new Policy Exchange report The Smart State.
Europe’s Trade Problem: Closed markets that stay closed result in a defective approach to science and the management of risk evaluation
Policy Exchange’s Head of Economics critiques the European Union’s “ascientific” approach to trade regulation.
Policy win for Policy Exchange but Government’s insistence for good design should also be extended to style
Policy Exchange’s Place Research Fellow, Jack Airey, assesses the Government’s new planning framework and its implications for the design and style of new homes.
Policy Exchange’s Economics Research Fellow, Jan Zeber, looks at the EU Commission’s multi-billion euro fine of Google and asks if it really reflects the best way to protect consumers.
Hannah Stuart, Policy Exchange’s Co-head of Security and Extremism, commented on the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid’s rejection of the Muslim Council of Britain as unrepresentative of British Muslims.
A clear majority of people in all parts of the United Kingdom think that the monarchy unifies the country following the Brexit referendum, according to polling data carried out exclusively for Policy Exchange. Even in Scotland and Northern Ireland, which voted to remain in the EU, more than double think the monarchy brings the country together than the reverse.
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