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The winds of political change

UK by-elections (like last week’s in Rochester and Strood, where the UK Independence Party gained its second MP) have always been an opportunity for electors to vent their contempt... Read More »

Are our children safe with Children’s Services?

The great majority of those who work in local authority children’s services do the very best they can in very difficult conditions.  They suffer abuse from the parents with whom they deal and the media, poor management, criticism from... Read More »

Well, yes Sir Simon, but how do we calculate this?

Simon Jenkins is reviving the notion that clever people like himself, those Great and the Good, can tell all of the rest of us how to live our lives. His particular example is supermarkets but it could be anything... Read More »

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Independent Seminar on the Open Society

ISOS  is a one-day conference for 6th form students of subjects such as Politics, Economics, Philosophy and History. Named after the seminal book The Open Society and its Enemies... More Details »

The Entrepreneurs Network – Power Lunch with Lord Bilimoria

Lord Bilimoria is a crossbench peer, chancellor of the University of Birmingham and chairman and founder of Cobra Beers. Find out more about him here. More Details »

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The Human Rights Act as a constitution of liberty

Guy Herbert, best known as the general secretary of NO2ID but writing in a personal capacity, defends the Human Rights act as necessary as a bulwark against the state when so many of the traditional defences have been eroded.... Read More »