Centre WriteDefence
September 16, 2021

Sir Lockwood Smith: The Asia-Pacific is the land of opportunity for Global Britain

The centre of gravity of global trade shifted towards the Asia-Pacific in the first two decades of this century. In fact, it could be claimed that consumer demand out of…
Centre WriteDefence
September 13, 2021

William Feasey: Will the real Global Britain please stand up?

As the Taliban’s flag was raised over the Panjshir valley, signalling total victory over the final Afghan resistance, thousands of miles away a buoyant Boris Johnson began extolling the successes…
Centre WriteDefence
September 10, 2021

Sir David Lidington: What are the biggest security threats to the UK?

The political shock of the West’s defeat in Afghanistan has hammered home the truth that we can no longer take for granted some of the key assumptions that have underpinned…
Centre WriteForeign
August 31, 2021

Charlotte Bascaule: Brazil’s democracy under threat? Bolsonaro and the military

Almost three years into Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential term and one year away from the next elections, Brazilian politics have reached levels of militarization unseen since the end of the dictatorship…
Centre WriteHealth & Social Care
August 23, 2021

Harry Ward: Overcoming vaccine hesitancy among young people

This summer, the Government keeps telling young people to ‘Grab a Jab’, with no-appointment jabs making the process extremely accessible. However, the issue the Government faces is getting young people…
Centre WriteEducation
August 19, 2021

Francesca Hale: Levelling up must help left behind white, working class boys

In June, a report by the Education Committee concluded that white, working class pupils are being ‘left behind’ after decades of neglect in the education system from the early years…
Centre WriteTowns & Devolution
August 17, 2021

Josh Guillen: Two steps for building a healthier Union

The United Kingdom is following an increasingly treacherous path. In truth, the last decade has revealed the Union to be in a fragile state. The Scottish independence referendum (‘IndyRef’) of…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
August 11, 2021

Jesse Wise: Misguided beliefs? Effective communication on climate change

The UK Government has set a target to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels, on its journey to net zero 2050. Achieving such deep reductions…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinancePhoebe Arslanagic-WakefieldWelfare
August 3, 2021

Phoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield: Under stress? The experiences of benefit claimants during the pandemic

Introduction Many people have had to lean on the social security system during the pandemic, some for the first time — the number of people claiming Universal Credit increased by…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
August 2, 2021

Tim Auth: How can we mobilise schools and the curriculum to address the climate crisis?

Youth climate protests have garnered a lot of attention since 2018, with thousands of young people taking to the streets to demand greater action in the fight against climate change.…
Centre WriteEconomy & Finance
July 29, 2021

Ben Matthews: Beware Modern Monetary Theory – inflation risks our post-pandemic recovery

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) attempts to offer an alternative economic rationale for government spending. Fiscal austerity after the Great Recession was a painful process, for people’s material wellbeing and even…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinanceEnergy & EnvironmentPatrick Hall
July 28, 2021

Patrick Hall: The Government must reconcile its levelling up and green agendas – here’s how they can do it

The Government has a housing crisis on their hands. For a long time, but especially over the last year, prospective home buyers have faced soaring prices. So, last year, the…
Centre WriteData & TechEconomy & Finance
July 27, 2021

Lord Holmes MBE: The UK is falling behind on battery and fuel cell technology

As a member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, I’m delighted to draw attention to our report into battery and fuel-cell technology, published today. Our findings…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
July 25, 2021

John Walter: Something of a COP out? The G20 and climate change

Leading up to the Venice summit, the G20’s record on climate already looked less than ideal. Since 2015, the G20 countries have collectively spent $3 trillion on fossil fuel subsidies,…
Centre WriteLaw & Justice
July 22, 2021

Ming Yao Yap: The Modern Slavery Act must do more

Though slavery is often seen as a now-conquered phenomenon of the past, it is alive and well today. The UK Government estimates there are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims of…
Centre WritePolitics
July 13, 2021

Henry Yates: Without urgent reform, the next big lobbying scandal won’t be far away

In February 2010 David Cameron predicted that lobbying was “the next big scandal waiting to happen”. In 2014, Cameron’s Government passed the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union…
Centre WriteWelfare
July 5, 2021

Zoë Shipton: Mandatory Reconsideration – a barrier to social security?

In 2013, the Department for Work and Pensions introduced Mandatory Reconsideration (MR), a mechanism to review and correct benefit assessments should a claimant wish to challenge a decision. This essentially…
Centre WriteEducation
June 25, 2021

Tom Goodman: The Turing scheme may not be as generous as the Erasmus programme

Boris Johnson’s decision to pull the UK out of the Erasmus programme, in favour of his Government’s Turing scheme, has prompted widespread criticism. Dr Hywel Ceri Jones, who was the…
Centre Write
June 25, 2021

Melanie Onn: Ripe for renewal – green energy and levelling up

Notwithstanding the disruption, heartache, and necessary political focus on crisis management caused by the pandemic, this Johnsonian Government has made levelling up a priority for its period in office, spearheaded…
Centre Write
June 18, 2021

Andrew Carter: Levelling up demands doubling down on devolution

In December 2019, the Prime Minister, a former Mayor of London, promised to level up the ‘left-behind’ cities and towns of the UK. Yet, over a year on, it looks…
Anvar SarygulovCentre WriteWelfare
June 14, 2021

Anvar Sarygulov: Benefit to all? Financial experience of Universal Credit claimants during the pandemic

Introduction As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK in March 2020, the Government made an unprecedented intervention to support the incomes of households through increases in various working-age benefits and…
Centre WriteDrugs
June 11, 2021

Crispin Blunt MP: The public support psilocybin research and rescheduling

It is surprising what you can find out from asking a random sample of UK citizens about psilocybin, given that it is by no means a term familiar to everybody.…
Centre WriteEconomy & Finance
June 10, 2021

Jeet Bains: Should the Conservatives embrace Modern Monetary Theory?

There is a new economics kid on the block: Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). It has emerged from many years in academia, with papers published, peer-reviewed, attacked, defended, refined. Perhaps the…
Centre Write
June 8, 2021

Andrew O’Brien: More than just money – three pillars for levelling up public services

The Blair and Brown years saw huge investments in public services, but left behind communities did not see significant transformation.  The Prime Minister would do well to draw on the…
Centre WriteImmigration & Integration
June 3, 2021

David Cowan: Viva Bush! A case for an immigration compromise

President George W. Bush has a message for his party. During a round of media appearances to promote his new collection of portraits of immigrants, Out of Many, One, President…
Centre WriteEconomy & Finance
June 2, 2021

Dr Tim Bradshaw: Unleash our world-leading universities to drive levelling up

As we emerge from a year of crisis, now is the time for the UK to double down on our competitive advantage in education and research as a means of…
Centre WriteForeign
May 28, 2021

Sylvia Lee: What the BN(O) visa scheme says about post-Brexit Britain

Many had expected post-Brexit Britain to dramatically tighten immigration when London rejected the EU’s principle of freedom of movement. However, in light of the National Security Law imposed by the…
Centre WriteEconomy & Finance
May 27, 2021

Aveek Bhattacharya: Island of idlers? Better management to improve productivity

In 2019, the Royal Statistical Society declared its ‘statistic of the decade’ to be 0.3%: the average annual increase in UK productivity since the 2008 financial crisis.  That dubious honour…
Centre WriteEducation
May 26, 2021

Freddie Kellett: University free speech legislation is neither wanted nor needed

In the Queen's Speech, the Conservative Party revealed plans for a more robust series of protections for free speech at British universities. However, this legislation, which aims to prevent no-platforming,…
Centre WriteForeign
May 12, 2021

Tommaso Rabitti: An Italian job – Italy’s plan to spend EU recovery programme funds

In response to the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the EU deployed its ‘Recovery Plan’ programme, “the largest stimulus package ever financed in Europe”. Of the €1.8 trillion…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
May 6, 2021

Ian D. Rotherham and Peter Bridgewater: Living with aliens – dealing with non-native species

During late May 2021, the GB Non-native Species Secretariat and partners are organising ‘Invasive Species Week 2021’. Non-native species are often called invasive alien species – for simplicity we use…
Centre WriteData & TechEconomy & Finance
May 5, 2021

Lord Holmes MBE: Fintech and financial inclusion – lessons from the Financial Services Bill

Having lived the Financial Services Bill for the past three months I find myself now reflecting, not just on the clauses, amendments, debates, and discussions, but more on the essence…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinancePhoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield
May 3, 2021

Phoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield: Increasingly precarious? Young adults during the pandemic

Introduction It has been much commented that young adults aged 18-34 have received a particularly raw deal over the past year: much less likely than older age groups to suffer…
Centre WriteEconomy & Finance
April 30, 2021

Mehroz Shaikh: A coherent industrial strategy is essential for Global Britain

Arm is a Cambridge-based British semiconductor design firm whose blueprints for chips are used to make cars, smartphones, advanced military hardware and more. Its clientele, including Apple, Qualcomm, and Huawei,…
Centre WriteEducation
April 29, 2021

Jan Ole Faust: Where do Scotland’s main parties stand on education?

Education in Scotland has been wholly devolved since 1999, and the main party in favour of complete separation from the United Kingdom, the SNP, has been in power since 2007.…
Centre WriteWelfare
April 27, 2021

Helen Barnard: Levelling up requires a strong social security system

Is levelling up a Christmas tree or a bullet train? Will we look back at it as a flabby concept onto which politicians, wonks, and campaigners competed to hang their…
Centre WriteHuman Rights & Discrimination
April 26, 2021

Lucy Mason: The Police and Crime Bill discriminates against the Traveller community

The Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill 2021 aims to increase police power and tools, introduce tougher sentencing for the worst offenders and improve the efficiency of the court system.…
Centre WriteEducation
April 19, 2021

John Cope: It’s time to ditch the disadvantage gap

Conservatism is an immensely broad church, but one thing it is united on is a fundamental belief in fairness of opportunity. There is also agreement that a knowledge-rich education, grounded…
Centre WriteHealth & Social Care
April 15, 2021

George Tench: Why Britain must lead global vaccination efforts

“The scientists have done it” the Prime Minister declared on December 2nd, after the first Covid-19 vaccine received regulatory approval. By February 14th all healthcare workers, adults over 70 and…
Centre WriteEconomy & Finance
April 13, 2021

Paul Howell MP: Rebuilding social infrastructure must be at the heart of levelling up

As one of the Conservative MPs successful in breaking through Labour’s ‘Red Wall’ in the 2019 general election, I am under no illusions as to the nature of the task…
Centre WriteHuman Rights & DiscriminationImmigration & Integration
April 13, 2021

Aaron Gates-Lincoln: The Domestic Abuse Bill must not leave migrant women behind

Domestic abuse is a problem that is often exacerbated by poor policy and support. After years of development, the Domestic Abuse Bill returned to the House of Lords on the…
Centre WriteDefenceForeign
April 12, 2021

Luke Jones: Has British foreign policy moved on since Churchill?

On 9th October 1948 in Llandudno, Wales, the elder statesman and Leader of the Opposition, Sir Winston Churchill, boasted of a new, post-war vision for British foreign policy at the…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
April 8, 2021

Luke O’Donnell: Scottish separation would harm the global fight against climate change

Following the declaration of a climate emergency on the 1st May 2019, the UK Government has been ambitious in its efforts to combat climate change and deliver deep decarbonisation. For…
Anvar SarygulovCentre WriteWelfare
March 22, 2021

Anvar Sarygulov: Shaky foundations: the scale and cost of state support for housing costs

Introduction State spending on support for housing costs, which primarily relates to spending on Housing Benefit (HB) and the Housing Element of Universal Credit (UC), is set to increase substantially…
Centre WriteLaw & Justice
March 19, 2021

Frankie Wright: The Police and Crime Bill is an illiberal attack on our tradition of protest

The Government's Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill passed its second reading in the Commons on Tuesday evening and is now due to receive amendments and further debate. But having…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinanceTransport
March 15, 2021

Alicia Kearns MP: Road to prosperity – the importance of infrastructure for levelling up

We all know that the United Kingdom is a competitive international economy. This fact sometimes risks being taken for granted. London is the world’s financial capital, our professional services industry…
Centre WriteEconomy & Finance
March 1, 2021

Jeet Bains: The Budget is the Chancellor’s opportunity to use his political capital

Budget Days are strange affairs. There is a certain pomp associated with Budget Day. The nation used to listen intently to whether the price of beer, wines and spirits would…
Centre WriteImmigration & Integration
February 25, 2021

Chris Clarke: For levelling up to succeed, so must one-nation conservatism

Back in 2014 Nigel Farage stated that, even with the economic arguments for immigration proven, he was against it on cultural grounds. Being “slightly richer” as a country was not…
Centre WritePolitics
February 24, 2021

Wahid Azaoui: Why we should revive the Big Society

Often misunderstood and unfairly demonised by its critics, the Big Society works as a bold conservative political idea. It was first introduced by former Prime Minister David Cameron in his…
Centre WriteHealth & Social Care
February 19, 2021

Jude D’Alesio: What I learned as a care worker during Covid-19

Losing my part-time job as a hog roaster was not how I envisaged the beginning of my Easter holidays. Instead, lockdown created a surge in the demand for care assistant…
Andrew LemingArticlesCentre Write
February 9, 2021

Andrew Leming: Toward Green Export Finance? Investigating the views of UK exporting firms towards UKEF

Summary This analysis presents the results of polling of a reflective sample of UK exporting firms on three broad areas: their general experiences and views of UK Export Finance (UKEF),…
Centre WriteHuman Rights & Discrimination
February 8, 2021

Jeet Bains: Avoiding a damaging culture war – an approach for Conservatives

“This land is your land, this land is my land” – so sang J. Lo at the inauguration ceremony of President Joe Biden. It was a moving performance about the…
Centre WritePolitics
February 2, 2021

Taylor Parnell: Is the age of the minor party over?

Until 2010, Westminster had been dominated by both Labour and the Conservatives for decades, while minor parties had very little influence. Most people would strongly argue that they are the…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
January 28, 2021

Deborah Leach: Tackling sewage pollution in our rivers must be a priority

Rivers are the circulatory system our natural environment depends on. They are integral to our daily lives, water supply, health and economy, but our river system is under constant attack…
Centre WriteLaw & Justice
January 25, 2021

Nina Hodžić: The sad irony of prisons in the UK

Home Secretary Priti Patel MP says she’s tough on crime. If lower crime rates are her goal, she should turn her attention towards Britain’s prison system, currently churning out repeat…
Centre WriteCoronavirus
January 18, 2021

Ralph Skan: Broken Strings — government policy and the music industry in 2021

The British music industry entered 2020 with a spring in its step. The previous year had seen its gross value added (GVA) to the UK economy rise by 11% to…
Anvar SarygulovCentre WriteWelfare
January 17, 2021

Anvar Sarygulov: Widening chasms

It is no secret that the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening existing inequalities. The pandemic has had an asymmetric impact on jobs, putting the greatest strain on…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
January 15, 2021

Ian Barker: Is water an undervalued asset?

“Clearly, water use is of such importance that its value to the economy as a whole is incalculable”. The words of the National Audit Office – an organisation not known…
Centre WriteCoronavirusWelfare
January 5, 2021

Miatta Fahnbulleh: A radical overhaul of the welfare system is needed for the fallout from COVID

The economic fallout from the pandemic is nothing short of grim: a projected 14% contraction in the economy this year; the deepest recession for 300 years and unemployment twice as…
Centre WriteForeign
January 4, 2021

Oli Hunter: A new foreign policy era for the UK?

Following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement in his Spending Review that foreign aid would be cut from 0.7 to 0.5%, a reduction of some £4 billion, the debate surrounding this issue…