The Talk Issues Thinktank Roundup

Welcome to this week’s Talk Issues ‘Thinktank Roundup’ – your one-stop review of all the best publications, research, commentary and events from leading UK think tanks. Not surprisingly in the week of the Queen’s speech various thinktanks responds to their fears & hopes from the government legislative programme for the next 18 months. Reports, Publications […]

Welcome to the Thinktank Roundup

Welcome to the Talk Issues ‘Thinktank Roundup’ – your one-stop review of all the best publications, research, commentary and events from leading UK think tanks. Not surprisingly two themes dominate the output this week – the arrival of the UK’s first coalition government in 60+ years and the implications of the coming fiscal contraction. Reports, Publications & […]

It’s a very different election in Scotland

David Cameron didn’t win last night’s final TV debate for Scottish viewers. In fact if Nick Clegg had announced a new compulsory programme of bestiality in primary schools and Gordon Brown had broken down in tears and lay in the corner shaking the consensus of opinion at workplace coffee machines this morning would be “But […]

We need an informed discussion on our voting system

Whatever the outcome on 6th May it looks like electoral reform will be a major issue in the next few years. In fact there’s only one outcome – a working Conservative majority – under which it’s not immediately on the table and if the Liberals increase their vote significantly anyway it’s hard to see how […]

Will voter apathy undermine Cameron’s “big society”?

Amid claims that Conservative strategists have doubts about the resonance of their “big society” theme Henry Irving – PhD student & post grad tutor at Leeds University – finds historical precedents that will both cheer and worry them: “Like his call for a ‘bonfire’ of quangos and depiction of Britain facing a choice between two […]