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March 24, 2017
Grammar Schools have a part to play in raising the bar for all, says Politeia’s Director, Sheila Lawlor.
The mowing down of innocent pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and the fatal knifing of a police officer guarding Parliament has overshadowed other – and what may seem – more prosaic matters. Just hours before the attack in Parliament itself, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s leader, had challenged the prime minister over education. He is hostile to the proposals for new grammar schools and their funding. And, a report issued the same day by the universities’ clearing house, UCAS, was taken to mean schools faced greater than ever teacher shortages, since the numbers applying for teacher training fell in 2016.
Mrs May did not refer to that report or to other data on retention in the profession when responding to Mr Corbyn in parliament: instead she reminded him that his was a… read on
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- The Rt Hon David Gauke MPChief Secretary to the Treasury
For over two decades now, Politeia has carved out an important role for itself in our political life – not only facilitating public debate on the big questions we face, but helping to shape it too.
- Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable
Politeia has been, in my experience, a very good forum for discussing important policy issues from first principle.
- Rt Hon Frank Field MP
Politeia's generosity in opening up its forum to a wide range of views makes it for me a very attractive think tank.
- Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP
Politeia is ... an important part ... of what keeps the intellectual arguments in British politics alive. It has a distinguished past and a bright future.
- Lord McFall
I have been privileged to have participated in the cutting-edge policy discussions which are a hallmark of Politeia's approach.
The decision to leave the EU by voters in this year's referendum reflected the analyses of economists, lawyers and senior political figures in Politeia's Referendum Series:
Patrick Minford, Flawed Forecast: The Treasury, the EU and Britain's future’, June 2016
Sheila Lawlor, Ruling the Ruler: Parliament, the People and Britain's Political Identity’, June 2016
Government plans for spending follow Vito Tanzi’s recommendations for the state spending to be reduced to 35-40 per cent of GDP in Realistic Recovery: Why Keynesian Solutions Will Not Work, July 2012
The budget's focus on cutting debt, fiscal consolidation and structural reform follows the approach proposed by Ludger Schuknecht in Going for Growth: The Best Course for Sustained Economic Recovery, September 2012
The 2014 Budget promise of a ‘shale gas revolution’ followed Politeia’s focus on the advantages of shale in The Future of Gas in UK Energy Supply with Peter Lilley MP and Prof Robert Mair.
The Prime Minister proposes ‘English Votes for English Laws’ alongside greater devolution to Scotland, a solution recommended by Martin Howe QC in his 2006 Politeia Pamphlet ABC: A Balanced Constitution for the 21st Century,
The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill proposes that jurors who search the web for case details should be jailed, following Dominic Grieve's warning in his 2013 Politeia Address that searching for information online about a trial can be contempt of court, punishable by imprisonment.
New National Curriculum published, includes recommendations by Politeia for history from:
David Abulafia, Jonathan Clark and Robert Tombs, History in the Making: The New Curriculum: Right or Wrong?, April 2013
David Burghes, Primary Problems for the New Curriculum: Tougher Maths, Better Teachers, June 2013
Both are part of Politeia’s Curriculum Series.
Politeia in the News
- 20th February
The University of Kansas News, George Diepenbrock, 'Brexit chaos has brought on politicized judiciary in Britain, historian says'
- 3rd February
The Hill, Barnabas Reynolds, 'Brexit affords UK chance to rewrite archaic EU financial laws'
- 24th January
The Independent, Robert Tombs, 'The idea that Parliament should have control over Brexit is a strange perversion of our history and of common sense'
- 22nd January
Financial Times, Jonathan Ford, 'The cliff edges of Brexit are mainly in bankers' minds'
- 20th January
The Times, Peter Crisp, 'An apolitical judiciary is precious, Article 50 must not undermine that'