Ruth Porter, Head of Economic & Social Policy at Policy Exchange, looks at what last week’s Cabinet reshuffle might reveal about David Cameron’s plans for the 2015 general election. Ruth highlights the promotion of Liz Truss and Michael Fallon who are both “adept media performers” and could play an important role in campaigning ahead of the election. She also argues that David Cameron will focus on how fixing the economy is a two-term project, which is why George Osborne has been left as Chancellor.
Ruth Porter, Policy Exchange's Head of Economic and Social Policy, writes arguing that strike action in the modern era is proving ineffective and harmful to union members. Instead, if public sector workes want higher wages they should seek a local pay structure which reflects performance.
Simon Moore, Policy Exchange's Senior Environment & Energy Research Fellow, tackles the criticism that interconnectors do not provide a reliable source of electricity that can be counted on in a crisis. Simon argues that interconnectors actually improve security of supply for countries during crisis points, but those interconnectors actually need to be built first, as we point out in our report Getting Interconnected.
Steve Hughes, Policy Exchange's Deputy Head of Economic & Social Policy, examines Ed Balls's announcement that he would freeze and then cut Business Rates, rather than lowering Corporation Tax. Steve argues that such a policy will not make UK business as a whole more competitive than a Corporation Tax cut would - instead it will create winners in the companies with lots of commercial property and losers in those that do not.
Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, Guy Newey, argues that unless the CMA inquiry into the energy retail market has clear political support at its outset for its outcomes and its remedies, it will be ineffective in achieving support in Westminster and among the wider public.
This blog is a summary of the remarks that Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange's Head of Education, gave to the Wellington Festival of Education. Jonathan calls for the creation of new centres of power to drive change in education and challenge current dominant beliefs held within the system.
Sarah Fink, Policy Exchange's Technology Policy Research Fellow, examines the potential for embedding digital tools in the NHS. The key to doing so, she argues, is to create an infrastructure beyond simple ratings and reviews that ensure parents, carers and doctors are given confidence in their effectiveness.
Prior to Policy Exchange's awarding of the inaugural Disraeli Prize to Canadian minister Jason Kenney, Rishi Sunak examines Kenney's success in changing perceptions of ethnic minorities towards Canada's Conservatives.
Guy Miscampbell, Policy Exchange's Economics & Social Policy Research Fellow, looks to see what lessons the UK can learn from US-style campaigning technology. Guy argues that, whilst the funding gap between US and UK election campaigning is massive, UK parties could implement important elements, such as increasing mining for electorally useful data.