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 […]

Democratic engagement and council spending cuts

Talk Issues hosts the Democratic Society, along with Public-I, have just published a short research paper called Democracy Pays. It considers how democratic engagement methods can help councils take better decisions on spending cuts. You can ¬†download the full PDF, and we’d love to hear your comments on it.

What we can and can’t do about the economy

For an election where the big issue is the economy, the practical consequences of our economic situation are not getting much airtime. Cuts, we know. Cuts where, we don’t. Tax rises are coming, except that people are going round promising tax cuts. It all has an air of unreality about it, like a kindly parent […]

Debt: turning the tanker…

I liked the last subheading in the leader of this week’s Economist: How to become thriftier without anybody minding. Anatole Kaletsky noted in a particularly flinty column in The Times last week aimed at the alternating timidity and bravado of the Tories on the enduring problem of debt: If public debt must be reduced without […]