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‘Allies of a Kind?’, by John Baron MP

In the final assault on Aleppo, the Syrian conflict plumbs new depths of tragedy and suffering. Re-taking the city is a major advance for President al-Assad, and suggests his position is secure. We can now only hope the various factions shortly conclude the situation is stalemated, and hammer out a messy peace to end the fighting so that the considerable challenge of rebuilding this shattered country can begin. Meanwhile, Western policy has failed to learn from its previous mistaken interventions and been caught short in its understanding and analysis of events on the ground and consequent execution of policy. It confirms, once again, that our foreign-policy process lacks investment, expertise and credibility, writes John Baron MP
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‘Triggering Article 50’, by Professor Carl Lygo

Although the House of Commons backed the government’s triggering article 50 this week, the Supreme Court has yet to decide on ‘the lawful way’ to implement the people’s wish to leave the EU. Carl Lygo, Professor of English Common Law and Vice Chancellor of BPP University, explains that there is nothing to fear from the legal principles on which this case will be decided, but distrust has arisen because legal thinking lost its way at the behest of the European Court of Justice.
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Established in 1995, Politeia is a forum for discussing economic, constitutional and social policy. It focuses on the role of the state in people’s lives. Politeia aims to encourage the best policies for a free society under the rule of law, a prosperous economy based on free markets and competition, and excellent systems for education, health care and pensions.

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‘Allies of a Kind?’, by John Baron MP

In the final assault on Aleppo, the Syrian conflict plumbs new depths of tragedy and suffering. Re-taking the city is a major advance for President al-Assad, and suggests his position is secure. We can now only hope the various factions shortly conclude the situation is stalemated, and hammer out a messy peace to end the fighting so that the considerable challenge of rebuilding this shattered country can begin. Meanwhile, Western policy has failed to learn from its previous mistaken interventions and been caught short in its understanding and analysis of events on the ground and consequent execution of policy. It confirms, once again, that our foreign-policy process lacks investment, expertise and credibility, writes John Baron MP
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‘Triggering Article 50’, by Professor Carl Lygo

Although the House of Commons backed the government’s triggering article 50 this week, the Supreme Court has yet to decide on ‘the lawful way’ to implement the people’s wish to leave the EU. Carl Lygo, Professor of English Common Law and Vice Chancellor of BPP University, explains that there is nothing to fear from the legal principles on which this case will be decided, but distrust has arisen because legal thinking lost its way at the behest of the European Court of Justice.
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Established in 1995, Politeia is a forum for discussing economic, constitutional and social policy. It focuses on the role of the state in people’s lives. Politeia aims to encourage the best policies for a free society under the rule of law, a prosperous economy based on free markets and competition, and excellent systems for education, health care and pensions.

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Triggering Article 50

The Supreme Court is now considering who should trigger Article 50. On 24th January 2017, Politeia will hold a major event with BPP Law School to consider constitutional questions with lawyers, politicians and historians.

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Triggering Article 50

The Supreme Court is now considering who should trigger Article 50. On 24th January 2017, Politeia will hold a major event with BPP Law School to consider constitutional questions with lawyers, politicians and historians.

read more

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  • ‘Inconvenient Restrictions v Alleged “Hate” ‘, by John Marenbon

    January 13, 2017

    The real problem with the home secretary’s speech was that on such matters policing has become its own law, says John Marenbon:

    One of the strangest news items of the week was the story that began in Oxford when a don objected to a speech made by the home secretary. Joshua Taylor, an Oxford physicist of admirably humanitarian credentials (he works on improving eyesight in the developing world) reported Amber Rudd’s speech at the Conservative Party conference to the police. ‘I felt politicians have been using hate speech to turn Britons against foreigners, and I thought that is probably not lawful’, Taylor – who did not in fact ‘see’ Rudd’s speech itself – told The Times.

    Rudd’s speech may indeed be guilty of occasional crimes against the English language, but one scans the text in vain for anything that could conceivably be called ‘hate speech’. The supposedly…(read on)

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  • Rt Hon Sir Vince CableRt Hon Sir Vince CableFormer Secretary of State for Business

    Politeia has been, in my experience, a very good forum for discussing important policy issues from first principle.

  • Professor Tim Congdon CBEProfessor Tim Congdon CBEEconomist and founder, Lombard Street Research & Chief Executive of International Monetary Research Ltd.

    Free markets with strong competition are good for us. Sheila Lawlor has done a fantastic job in making Politeia one of Britain's strongest competitors in the free market of ideas. Long may its good work continue!

  • Rt Hon Frank Field MPRt Hon Frank Field MPChairman, Work and Pensions Select Committee, Politeia Westminster Council

    Politeia's generosity in opening up its forum to a wide range of views makes it for me a very attractive think tank.

  • Lord KalmsLord KalmsPresident, DSG International Plc

    Politeia - consistent, always challenging, sensibly provocative and very readable.

  • Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MPRt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MPFormer Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

    Politeia is part - and an important part - of what keeps the intellectual arguments in British politics alive. It has a distinguished past and a bright future.

  • Lord McFallLord McFallSenior Deputy Speaker

    I have been privileged to have participated in the cutting-edge policy discussions which are a hallmark of Politeia's approach.

  • Dr Irwin StelzerDr Irwin StelzerSenior Fellow, the Hudson Institute

    Ideas matter, which is why Politeia matters. It combines two vital ingredients - the ability to attract scholars with widely varying views to participate in its seminars and pamphlets, and the ability to attract audiences for those intellectual products, and audiences that matter.

  • Sir Hugh Sykes DLSir Hugh Sykes DL

    I've been happy to support Politeia since its inception. It addresses an amazing range of issues - in the right way. On the cutting edge of think tanks!

  • Professor Deepak LalProfessor Deepak LalJames S. Coleman Professor of International Development Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

    Politeia is a small but influential London based think tank, which, with the quality of its authors and wide contacts in the media and politicians of all parties, has made a major contribution in a number of areas of public policy like taxes, health and education.

  • Rt Hon Philip Hammond MPRt Hon Philip Hammond MPChancellor of the Exchequer

    Politeia provides a forum in which politicians of all parties, leading academics and key figures in the business community and the media can discuss cutting-edge issues of the day and share views that have contributed significantly to the development of mainstream political thought in the UK.

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    Politeia does a brilliant job generating the ideas our country needs to achieve noble progressive goals

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