Blog

SAS: Scandinavian socialism?

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here By Olivia Lever, Volunteer The most common argument I hear from left wing commentators about why socialism is such a grand idea is that Scandinavia is a socialist utopia. However, after attending an event at the Institute... Read more...

Sadiq Khan: The cat that got the cream?

By Chloe Westley, Campaign Manager I love summertime in Britain. Tesco running out of bags of ice, the smell of BBQs that get used once or twice a year, long summer evenings, cricket, Love Island (yes, guilty) and everyone taking a break from complaining about how cold it is, to... Read more...

SAS: The worst products of socialism

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here   by Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign ManagerOver the years socialist countries have produced some truly abysmal products. When workers are stripped of economic incentives market signals are severely distorted. This blog highlights some of the worst goods... Read more...

SAS: Quotes from comrades

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here Mondays can be hard. To help you get through the week ahead, we've put together a list of inspirational quotes from our socialist heroes around the globe. “No mercy for these enemies of the people, the enemies... Read more...

Busting the burden of business rates

By Scott Simmonds, Researcher New figures released today show that business rates collected last year increased by over £850 million to £25.3 billion, meaning small firms are still doing much of the heavy lifting in raising cash for local and national government. So why is that a cause for concern? ... Read more...

Help to Build?

By Edward Chammas, Volunteer It is increasingly clear that there is a housing crisis in Britain. The ONS has stated that the averagely-priced home in England and Wales would cost a full-time worker 7.8 times their salary. This is particularly problematic for young adults trying to buy their first property.... Read more...

SAS: 5 Daily Realities Living Under Socialism

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here By Danny Al-khafaji, Volunteer  5 Daily Realities Living Under Socialism 1. Expect less than the essentials With the state as the sole distributor of goods, a small disconnected clique of central planners decide what will be produced and... Read more...

SAS: China's Shining City upon a Hill

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here By Duncan Simpson, Research Director  We have seen on our television screens this week scenes of rioting from the city of Hong Kong. We have seen pictures of ordinary people, particularly students and young professionals, taking to... Read more...

Make tax cuts great again?

By Duncan Simpson, Research Director With President Trump’s visit to the UK behind us, and the outrage/adulation dissipating, it is worth reflecting on what changes have been afoot on the domestic policy front in the US. In January 2018, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act came into force. Though a... Read more...

Why does it matter how many empty properties a council possesses?

By Policy Analyst, Jeremy Hutton. This week sees marks the release of our latest piece of research, Hollow Highstreets, which gives a snapshot of how many council owned (non-residential) properties are lying vacant throughout the UK. Unlike our usual releases, which serve to point explicitly at examples of government waste... Read more...

SAS: Shooting down the red barons

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here In the 1970’s, Britain watched in horror as a small minority of militant activists, hell bent on causing as much disruption as possible, mobilised the trade unions to bring the country to its knees. During widespread strikes... Read more...