Monthly Archives: February 2012

In the ‘Europe 2020 Agenda’ the EU has a strategic plan to build a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. Looking past current crises, we should re-focus on these long term goals

Europe’s main strategy plan for growth identifies feasible improvements to employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy. Sir Tony Atkinson argues that these collective goals give European countries an advantage over competitors – yet this key Agenda is in danger of being overlooked in debates about austerity, growth and the future of the Euro. This article was originally published on our new […]

February 29th, 2012|Europp, Tony Atkinson|0 Comments|

The corporation tax is under attack. It must be defended

Nicholas Shaxson argues that a corporation tax cut may increase revenue for big business but this does not in any way translate to increased revenue for the country in which they reside. Corporations the world over sit on vast sums of wealth and without a tax on revenue, economic growth and vital public services will remain all the more elusive. […]

Arguments linking a lower corporation tax to increased productivity and growth have no basis in reality

Any suggested increase in revenue and investment as a result of a lowered corporation tax is merely political fantasy. John Christensen argues that a cut in the corporation tax would lead to a distorted and unequal economy. Cutting corporate tax rates has been a core political mantra for the past 30 years.  It is popular with politicians who find it […]

Harnessing the private sector makes sense for UK’s education system

New research from Policy Exchange suggests that the government should involve the private sector into a profit-sharing model with the state-funded school system. James Groves argues that creating ‘social enterprise’ schools would likely improve average pupil performance and create more good school places more quickly than any other alternative.    England’s schools face an enormous challenge in the coming years. […]

Growing health inequalities within local authorities suggest a need for a renewed focus on addressing poverty and child development

The Marmot Review (2010) developed health measures to monitor the progress of health inequalities and their social determinants.Professor Sir Michael Marmot analyses the data two years on and shows that while there is slight improvement on some measures, inequalities are rising in others. There is still a need to address poverty and focus on child development and education “Measurement is […]

The coalition is at least as likely to end up shipwrecked as it is to sail through, or at least stay afloat, until 2015

Liberal Democrat MPs may soon find themselves watching a slow motion car crash while their Conservative counterparts might feel that their ‘business arrangement’ has served its purpose. Either way, a parliamentary full-term, while not impossible, remains less likely than an early and potentially messy, dénouement, writes Tim Bale. Both Patrick Dunleavy and Chris Hanretty have recently had a stab at […]

Suspending UK border security checks – how chronic capacity stress becomes crisis

For those who have followed the public spat in recent months between the Home Secretary and the former chief of the UK Border Force, Brodie Clark, the publication of the Independent Chief Inspector’s report last week helped to shed a degree of light on the underlying complexities of it all. The report, argues Simon Bastow, gives an insight into tension […]

Book Review: Capitalism by Geoffrey Ingham

Refreshed to include a new postscript on the financial crisis and its aftermath, Geoffrey Ingham’s Capitalism traces the development of capitalism from Karl Marx through to the tumultuous period it in which it now finds itself. The author leaves little doubt that there are ample targets for blame and animosity, but reviewer Scott Levin wasn’t convinced enough to pitch a tent at St Paul’s.  […]