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What price to defend the realm?

By Policy Analyst, Jeremy Hutton. Over the past 2 years a number of high profile figures have called for an increase in defence spending. Gavin Williamson’s stint as defence secretary was characterised by his battle for defence spending. So adamant was he that he allowed service chiefs to get out... Read more...

SAS: The Nanny State

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here By Ethan Wilkinson, Digital Campaign Manager As a father of 3 young, energetic, strong-willed, free-spirited boys I find myself donning my army uniform and marching out onto the battlefield multiple times of day. I take up arms... Read more...

The saga of the Town Hall Pravda

Across the country, councils are complaining about vicious ‘government cuts’ that have stripped local services to the bone. That's despite the clear evidence (from research like our own Town Hall Rich List) that councils are still wasting money hand over foot.  London councils are some of the worst offenders. Londoners... Read more...

The Lords have delivered a damning indictment of HS2

This article was originally published on the CapX website. The House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee has released a report on HS2. It is a damning indictment of the whole sorry scheme, one which will come as no surprise to anybody who has been following the debacle over the past few... Read more...

SAS: Forcing people to be socialists

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here by Chloe Westley, Campaign Manager Last week, footage emerged showing the army in Venezuela ramming down political dissidents with military vehicles, and shooting at them in the street. Juan Guaidó, who has been recognised as the legitimate... Read more...

Funding for district councils

by Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager Funding for local government has been a major issue in recent years and one that continues to divide opinion. Indeed, the TPA recently held a debate considering whether councils should spend taxpayers’ money on commercial property and investments. Councillors Ferris Cowper and Gerald Vernon-Jackson... Read more...

The coalition government: nine years on

It’s nine years since that saunter through the rose garden of Downing Street. A curious bonhomie was on show that sunny day in May 2010. The coalition had a stab at fiscal retrenchment. Adjusting for inflation, total managed expenditure fell by £5 billion between 2009-10 and 2014-15, from £824 billion... Read more...

SAS: When privatisation works

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst For decades the Communication Workers Union (CWU, formerly the postal workers union) fought privatisation of Royal Mail under both Conservative and Labour governments. But the union proved no match for the combined... Read more...

SAS: Economic policies across the commonwealth

To learn more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here. by Ben Ramanauskas, Policy Analyst Today marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth. To mark this auspicious occasion, let’s take a look at some of the economic policies of our friends around the world to see what... Read more...

Automate the State: health and social care

by John O'Connell, Chief Executive Tomorrow, we're launching the next paper in our series on introducing more automation in the public sector. A lot of our work at the TPA focuses on fighting for lower taxes. But the flip side of the coin is securing better services. With the tax... Read more...