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February 17, 2017
As Britain’s public services face rising demand, The Rt Hon David Gauke MP, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, explains in Politeia’s Winter Address that improving productivity and efficiency are part of a wider strategy for success in the 21st Century
So often, political debate on [the future of Government services] is reduced to sheer weight of numbers. Are we spending more than we did before? Are we spending more than the opposition are saying they would spend? Are we spending more than other countries are spending?
The answers to any of these questions will only take you so far. The question we should also ask is not just how much, but how well we are spending that money. It is in that spirit I am leading a Government-wide drive to make our public services more productive—quite simply to get more for less. That might sound idealistic. Even simplistic. But unless… read on
Politeia debate on 'Stable, Secure, Prosperous and Free: What's Best for Britain in a Global World'
What they say …
- Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable
Politeia has been, in my experience, a very good forum for discussing important policy issues from first principle.
- Professor Tim Congdon CBE
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 MP
Politeia's generosity in opening up its forum to a wide range of views makes it for me a very attractive think tank.
- Lord Kalms
Politeia - consistent, always challenging, sensibly provocative and very readable.
- 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.
- Dr Irwin Stelzer
Ideas matter, which is why Politeia matters. It combines two vital ingredients - the ability to attract scholars with widely varying views to contribute to its programme, and audiences that matter.
- Sir 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 Lal
Politeia is a small but influential London-based think tank, which, with the quality of its authors , has made a major contribution in a number of areas of public policy like taxes, health and education.
- Rt 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.
- Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Politeia does a brilliant job generating the ideas our country needs to achieve noble, progressive goals
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
- 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'
- 16th January
City AM, Hayley Kirton and Mark Sands, 'City eyes best possible access to Europe's Single Market'