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Of all the idiot suggestions

Of the idiot policies that politicians have tried to bake over the years this one rather takes the cake: Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty is calling for a national... Read More »

One way to narrow the North-South divide

We all know there’s a North-South divide, but from a policymakers perspective it’s not clear what – if anything – we should be doing about it. To a significant degree, the relative economic success of London and the South... Read More »

The ethics and practice of blood donation

We’ve one of those lovely Guardian discussions over the morality of commercial practices. You can guess the tone just from the headline: Blood money: is it wrong to pay donors? And we of course observe the comments section filling... Read More »

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Patrons Dinner with Hon Ed Vaizey MP

The Hon Edward Vaizey MP  is HM Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, and a Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Wantage. More Details »

February TNG with Myles Jackman

February’s TNG features Myles Jackman, who will be discussing ‘the criminalization of written fantasy’. Myles is the only solicitor in the country to specialize in sexual liberties and obscenity law, and has been instrumental in challenging the legal framework in... More Details »

There really is an ‘Adam Smith Problem’

The “Adam Smith Problem” alleged by German academics in the nineteenth century was that there was inconsistency in Smith’s attitude towards human nature. In Moral Sentiments Smith pointed to the importance of sympathy, in The Wealth of Nations he wrote of man’s inevitable self-interest.... More Details »

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The Green Noose

• Despite academics, politicians, and international organisations recognising that the UK is facing a housing crisis, it is currently far less developed than many imagine, especially when compared to similar countries.... Read More »

A Regular Choice Between Voting Systems

With May’s general election set to emphasise the shortcomings of First Past The Post more than any other in recent memory, Vishal Wilde posits that we should empower voters by allowing them to choose their electoral system as they vote, and by embracing plurality in... Read More »