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31 March 2015 | The ECHR must no longer apply to our armed forces in wartime

  • Tom Tugendhat, former Military Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff and co-author of Policy Exchange’s new Clearing the Fog of Law report sets out the report on ConservativeHome. He calls for to the UK to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights for all future overseas armed conflicts, following instead the rules laid down in the Geneva Conventions.

  • 30 March 2015 | A soldier’s deadliest enemy will soon be a judge

  • Tom Tugendhat, former Military Assistant to the Chief of the Defence Staff and co-author of Policy Exchange's new released Clearing the Fog of Law report, sets out the risks held by 'lawfare' for Britain's armed forces. Tom argues that the application of the ECHR to British forces fighting overseas is diminishing their capabilities and putting soldiers' lives at risk.

  • 29 March 2015 | The Government’s work on unemployment is far from finished

  • Steve Hughes, Policy Exchange's Head of Economics & Social Policy, argues that the Coalition’s record on job creation across the country should be celebrated but there is still much work to do to improve productivity and get even more people into work.

  • 26 March 2015 | 3 things we learnt from Policy Exchange’s big energy debate on the future of the energy market

  • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, reviews our recent Return of the State event, looking at the role of the state in the energy sector. He argues that, after a long period of minimal interference, the state is now back in the sector, and for good.

  • 26 March 2015 | We’re asking the wrong questions about Smart Cities

  • Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, argues that politicians are mistaken in their belief that the concept of a 'smart' city is simply one that is as technologically advanced as possible. Cities are not collections of buildings and infrastructure but communities of people: they will be ‘smart’ only to the extent that the people within them have the information they need to improve their lives and the intelligence and insight to act upon it.

  • 18 March 2015 | Budget 2015: Policy Exchange Analysis

  • Policy Exchange responds to announcements in Budget 2015 in the areas of government spending, capital ownership, housing and energy policy.

  • 16 March 2015 | What happened to patient choice?

  • Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange's Head of Health, reviews the Coalition's record on providing patient choice in the health service. Thomas finds a mixed set of results on patient choice and argues that policymakers need to actively manage the extent to which patients are being offered a choice in care services.

  • 12 March 2015 | Is it time to ditch Digital Government?

  • Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, responds to Nesta's Stian Westlake's blog calling for innovation policymakers ‘to be less boring’. Eddie argues that using the term 'digital government' creates the perception that digital government policies are somewhat removed from the rest of the public service reform agenda.

  • 11 March 2015 | New Schools under Labour

  • Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head of Education, welcomes Labour’s ongoing commitment to new schools as part of overall school improvement in coastal and former mining areas, but urges Labour to allow new parent schools to be set up there even if there isn’t a shortage of places.

  • 11 March 2015 | Six ways the police need to change

  • Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange's Head of Crime & Justice, sets out 6 ways in which the police need to change to maintain their effectiveness against a background of austerity. He proposes changes to the police estate, a greater focus on crime prevention, embracing new technology and increased collaboration with other emergency services.