Centre WriteSam Hall
March 8, 2017

Sam Hall: Rebels with a cause

Young people were always the true anti-establishment rebels. Kicking against the authority of their parents. Questioning the norms of earlier generations. Challenging vested interests. But in the era of Brexit…
Centre Write
March 7, 2017

Charlotte Henry: And the winner is… intersectionality

Liberals have long loudly and proudly advocated for diversity. It should probably please us then that during the awards season just gone that the issue was high on the agenda…
Centre Write
March 6, 2017

Elisabeth Laird: Building European Identity in the UK: Is It Too Late?

The most basic classroom lesson on the European Union in Britain usually begins as such: following two World Wars, France wanted to contain Germany’s military power. In the name of…
Centre Write
March 5, 2017

James Dobson: Female genital mutilation in the UK

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. The abhorrent practice is mostly found in North-West and North-East Africa and parts…
Centre Write
March 2, 2017

Robert Flint: London’s housing crisis is the country’s opportunity

Time to get real: the Government cannot fix the housing crisis. It is the housing market itself, dilapidated fixer-upper that it is, which will have the last word. But that…
Centre Write
March 1, 2017

James Bickerton: Conservatives have a moral duty to stand up to Donald Trump

Liberal democracies are rarely overthrown, but frequently corrupted. Vanquishing a democracy outright is difficult, and is likely to provoke fervent opposition. But you don’t need to end free elections if…
Centre Write
February 24, 2017

Elisabeth Laird: International Students are more than walking pocketbooks

Several weeks ago, I found myself at an event held at the European Parliament Office in the United Kingdom, cornered by a half-Indian, half-Finnish member of UKIP who was brainstorming…
Centre Write
February 21, 2017

Adam Kearns: What we want from Higher Education

The last year has been a thoroughly challenging one for Britain’s higher education sector. Not only was the very notion of expertise challenged by the Brexit campaign, but the Higher…
Centre Write
February 15, 2017

Charlotte Smith: All the other politicians want to play ball like Trump

Theresa May has finally taken a spanner to the stabilising wheels of her premiership, graduating from a tricycle to a fully- fledged two-wheeler. At present it is a bodged garage…
Centre Write
February 10, 2017

Sam Hall: Could a diesel scrappage scheme solve the air quality issue?

Last week, it was reported that the Department for Transport is considering introducing a diesel scrappage scheme. Under this policy, the government would give cashback to motorists who trade in…
Centre Write
February 10, 2017

Charlotte Smith: The only tears that Trump will shed if he loses his appeal will be those of the crocodile variety

On Friday 27th January President Trump issued more than a simple policy directive; it was the formal unleashing of a political ideology previously unseen in modern democracy. His is a…
Centre Write
February 8, 2017

Ashok Sinha: We need a mobility renaissance to make London a cycling city

By now you will be familiar with the story. London’s air quality is both illegal and lethal. Not only does it continue to breach EU legal limits, it’s much worse…
Centre Write
February 7, 2017

James Kingston: Tomorrow Belongs to Me?

We are, or so we are told, being swept by anti-establishment fury. Voters in their wisdom have decided to kick the elites and reject the establishment they form. Everywhere the…
Centre Write
February 1, 2017

David Laws: Why grammars aren’t the route to social mobility

David Laws on the need to focus on early years and non-selective education Since Theresa May became Prime Minister, she has made a welcome commitment to prioritise action to improve…
Centre WriteSam Hall
January 27, 2017

Sam Hall: A low-carbon modern industrial strategy

It is often claimed that to tackle climate change we must sacrifice some economic prosperity. The raw statistics clearly disprove this, and show that you can in fact have both.…
Centre WriteJames Dobson
January 27, 2017

James Dobson: Explaining modern slavery

The Prime Minister has described modern slavery as the great human rights issue of our time and has said that her Government will lead the way in defeating it. In…
Centre Write
January 26, 2017

Max Wakefield: Cheap renewables should be at the core of our industrial strategy

The announcement of the new industrial strategy green paper is an exciting moment. The last few years have been defined by an almost total lack of joined-up thinking on energy…
Centre Write
January 25, 2017

Nicolas Hatton: Restoring fairness for EU Citizens living in the UK

“We are leaving the European Union, but we are not leaving Europe.” These were the words of Theresa May in her Brexit speech this week. Where does this leave the…
Centre Write
January 24, 2017

James Bickerton: Contemporary conservatism is threatened from the right as well as the left

There is a long tradition of simplifying politics into an adversarial game between two opposing tribes, the left and the right. This model has certain attractions. It gives you political…
Centre Write
January 23, 2017

Charlotte Henry: Section 40 should make Liberals shudder

Those not paying very, very close attention, may mistakenly have thought that the Leveson Inquiry was done and dusted, the subsequent row about regulation of the press over. Not only…
Centre Write
January 19, 2017

Elisabeth Laird: On the Wales Bill

This week, the National Assembly for Wales voted through the Wales Bill. Another hope for a long lasting devolution settlement, another disappointment: the fourth try is still not a charm.…
Centre Write
January 18, 2017

Professor Vernon Bogdanor: The resurrection of radical populism?

Populism seems now the most dynamic political force in many liberal democracies, following Brexit, Donald Trump’s election victory and the rise of Marine Le Pen’s Front National. But what is…
Centre WriteSam Hall
January 13, 2017

Sam Hall: Can the elephant be saved for future generations?

We are facing the prospect of elephants becoming extinct in a few generations. The consigning of these beautiful and magnificent creatures to history would be a tragic loss to wildlife…
Centre WriteJames Dobson
January 13, 2017

James Dobson: Torture and Trump

Torture and Trump In seven days Donald Trump will be officially instilled as the President of the United States. Trump’s inauguration will take place in the context of ongoing controversy.…
Centre Write
January 13, 2017

Charlotte Smith: Grabbing them by the Purse: Trump and the Economy

In a week that saw the breaking of an outlandish ‘fake news’ story concerning President-Elect- Trump, it is too easy to overlook the significance of his press conference on Wednesday.…
Centre Write
January 12, 2017

Zac Spiro: Voter ID isn’t using sledgehammers to crack nuts. It’s worse than that.

Late last year, plans were announced to introduce identification requirements at polling stations. Namely, if you want to cast a ballot, you might need to present a passport, driver’s licence,…
Centre Write
January 10, 2017

Lesley Rudd: A ‘whole house’ approach to improving our homes

When we think of buildings and homes what springs to mind?  A physical construction, a shelter with a roof, windows and doors where people live or work? Is a home…
Centre Write
January 6, 2017

Ashley Coates: The UK’s charging network is in need of expansion and reform

Sales of electric vehicles have been increasing rapidly over the last five years, from around 3,500 units sold in 2012 to 70,000 this year. No longer a futuristic novelty, there…
Centre Write
January 6, 2017

James Dobson: Three reasons why the Prime Minister shouldn’t withdraw from the European Convention

Media reports yesterday suggested that Number 10 will delay proposals for a British Bill of Rights until after the process to leave the European Union has been completed. The reports…
Centre WriteSam Hall
January 5, 2017

Sam Hall: Heating up the energy efficiency market

Winter is the time of year when outdoor temperatures plunge and thermostats in homes get turned up. But the image of cosy homes, protecting people from the cold, is too…
Centre Write
December 28, 2016

Ashley Coates: Uber cancels self-driving experiment but UK autonomous trials are set to continue

In the UK, significant self-driving vehicle trials have mostly been restricted to pedestrianised zones of Coventry, Greenwich, Bristol and Milton Keynes. The Government has made support of self-driving technology a…
Centre Write
December 24, 2016

Joe Slater: Friends without benefits

It is hard to overstate the scale of change currently occurring in Britain, Europe, and the West. 2016 is the year of Trump and Sanders; Corbyn and Farage; Brexit and…
Centre WriteNigel Fletcher
December 22, 2016

Nigel Fletcher: Why do LGBT people put up with hate?

Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the UK has improved dramatically in the last two decades. Discriminatory laws have been repealed, marriage equality for same-sex couples…
Centre Write
December 19, 2016

Sarah Kostense-Winterton: Message to energy ministers – let industry lead the way on energy efficiency

Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of Greg Clark, Nick Hurd or Baroness Neville-Rolfe. It’s not an easy brief, in fact it’s tough, really tough. An area filled with failed…
Centre WriteSam Hall
December 16, 2016

Sam Hall: Wind keeps powering on

Wind power reached a significant milestone last week. For the first time ever, onshore and offshore wind together generated 10 GW of electricity in the UK, three times the power…
Centre WriteJames Dobson
December 16, 2016

James Dobson: Why haven’t we closed the disability employment gap?

The Government currently has an ambition to halve the disability employment gap by 2020. Yet, despite the ambition, little progress has been made. Earlier in the year the Learning and…
Centre Write
December 8, 2016

Saveena Mangat: Gender discrimination in the workplace

Gender discrimination is still a feature of our society. The most striking evidence of this is the gender pay gap, which stands at  18.1 per cent overall. This means that…
Centre Write
December 7, 2016

Holding Out for a Hero: Far Right Politics and the Electoral Underdog

In a week that saw the breaking of an outlandish ‘fake news’ story concerning President-Elect- Trump, it is too easy to overlook the significance of his press conference on Wednesday.…
Centre Write
December 4, 2016

Saveena Mangat: We still trust the experts

Bright Blue took a major step forward in our Conservatism and human rights project last week as the Commission held its oral evidence session . The first session focused on gender discrimination with representatives from The…
Centre WriteSam Hall
December 2, 2016

Sam Hall: The lights are going out on coal

November has been a very significant month for the coal industry. Perhaps the most high-profile news was the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, who promised…
Centre WriteJames Dobson
November 25, 2016

James Dobson: Does torture work? The case of the United States

Following, Donald Trump’s victory against Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential Election, anti-torture campaigners have been concerned that the US may resume its use of torture. During the campaign, Trump…
Centre Write
November 25, 2016

Charlotte Smith: Five Lessons that the Electoral College Taught in 2016

Is the Electoral College really working for US presidential elections? The electoral system in the US can appear to us mere mortals outside of the Fifty States as a monolithically…
Centre Write
November 18, 2016

Andrew Baker: Brexit. Boring, tedious Brexit. It’s time to look forwards: Bright Blue’s new Europe Forum

Brexit. Soft Brexit. Hard Brexit. Bremain. Bremoan. Brexiteers. Bremainers. “Brexit means Brexit”. Frexit. Grexit. Ever since 23 June, Brexit has seeped into every pore of our political narrative. Like a…
Centre Write
November 16, 2016

Charlotte Smith: Trump, Reagan and the new Republicanism

In an election campaign characterised by personal smears that would make even Frank Underwood blush, one sound bite stands above the rest. Make America Great Again: The defining slogan of…
Centre Write
November 3, 2016

Owen Meredith: Chancellor must eliminate the deficit to deliver on generational inequality

There are few things in life that people across the political spectrum will agree on. One perhaps is the desire for the next generations to do better than we do.…
Centre Write
November 1, 2016

John Higginson: How the Government is nudging us into better behaviours

When David Cameron first became Prime Minister in May, 2010, he entered office with few delusions about how hard legislative change would be. He not only led the first coalition…
Centre Write
October 28, 2016

Verity Ryan: Why aren’t women working?

Research by PWC indicates that just 42% of women in the UK work full-time - 27 percentage points lower than men. Include part-time work and this figure increases to 68%…
Centre Write
October 26, 2016

Peter Kirby-Harris: The case for the Sustainability Act

If we are to solve both climate change and guarantee the supply of energy we must resist the temptation to consider them as two separate issues. Much of what can…
Centre Write
October 11, 2016

Chris Hayes: Putting the citizen into power: opportunities for a new relationship between people and politicians.

As has quickly become apparent, the full implications of summer’s EU referendum will be felt for many more months, and years, to come. Whichever side of the debate you sat…
Centre Write
October 6, 2016

Julia Onslow-Cole: The Role of the Private Sector in the Global Refugee Crisis

We are living in times of great geopolitical instability. There are currently more than 65 million displaced people, 90% from poor and middle income countries placing huge burdens on hosting…
Centre Write
September 29, 2016

Charlotte Henry: US Election: Hard choices for classical liberals

Following the American elections has been a somewhat dispiriting experience for classical liberals, even for us Brits who do not get a ballot. Who should those of us who believe…
Centre WriteJames Dobson
September 19, 2016

James Dobson: Going part-time: Securing the Conservative priority of ‘equality of opportunity’

New figures released on Thursday show that the higher education participation rate rose to 48% in 2014-15. The participation rate is now higher than it was prior to the Coalition…
Centre Write
September 1, 2016

Philip Baldwin: Sex and Relationships Education: Ignorance and Innocence

My first encounter with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) took place at 17. I had been to Manchester the previous weekend. I noticed that I needed to urinate more frequently.…
Centre WriteSam Hall
August 31, 2016

Sam Hall: How can homes consume less and greener energy?

Incentivising home energy improvements should be an urgent priority for government. They give individual households more control over their energy bills, improve public health, and increase the value of the…
Centre Write
May 27, 2016

Matt Browne: Remain, Brexit and Civil War

Conventional wisdom suggests that the wounds of the past are tormenting the Conservative Party in the present. Pundits have been quick to claim that tensions on Europe dating from the…
Centre Write
May 9, 2016

Matt Browne: How food bank use is being addressed

During PMQs last week, Jeremy Corbyn briefly returned to an old, if lately somewhat neglected Labour theme: food banks. It was the first time for some months that the subject…
Centre WriteSam Hall
April 19, 2016

Sam Hall: Engaging the centre-right on climate change

The environmental movement has a diversity problem. And it's not just that there are too many white, middle-class men, true though that is. One of the biggest political challenges for…
Centre Write
April 18, 2016

Neil Wallis: Keeping parents involved in our schools

The 2015 Conservative manifesto includes a section on localism and the ‘Big Society’. It describes “a vision of a more engaged nation, one in which we take more responsibility for…
Centre Write
April 5, 2016

Matt Browne: The Big Society lives (and is building houses)

The Big Society has had a difficult few years. Liberal Democrat led mockery through the lifetime of the Coalition Government saw the concept indelibly marked as a figment of fun…
Centre Write
March 17, 2016

Kate Andrews: Deregulation holds the key to affordable childcare

Starting this September, working parents will be able to claim up to 30 hours worth of ‘free’ childcare. This is estimated to affect 600,000 families to the tune of roughly…