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Overruns ahoy! Is the Type 31 programme headed for troubled waters?

By Jeremy Hutton, Policy Analyst  Last week the prime minister proudly pledged to “bring shipbuilding back to the UK.” This of course came as something of a surprise, as all of Britain’s current and future warships are British-built anyway. Nevertheless, underpinning this was the announcement that Babcock International had been... Read more...

We need a 'Saving Plan' not a Spending Plan

By Mungo Fenwick, Volunteer  The Brexit drama in Westminster over the last few weeks has overshadowed an otherwise very important moment for taxpayers. The Spending Plan was a major statement made by the Chancellor, who declared that the Conservative government were ‘turning the page on austerity’. Sajid Javid outlined his... Read more...

SAS: Extinction or Enterprise?

By Bradley Goodwin, Volunteer In the current climate, some socialists would love you to think that they’re the only ones who care about our planet. Fanatical left-wing campaigners, like Extinction Rebellion, scream at us about the need to stop everyday activities like driving and eating meat. Then there’s the Green... Read more...

The truth is out about the real cost of HS2

John O'Connell writes for CapX So now we know for sure. Thanks to Grant Shapps, Westminster’s biggest open secret is finally out there. HS2 is actually going to cost considerably more than we were told four years ago. For us at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, this is a bittersweet moment. It’s... Read more...

Looking after the coppers

By Bradley Goodwin, volunteer. For nearly 200 years, thanks to Sir Robert Peel, British law and order has been defined by the ‘bobby on the beat’. As Peel makes clear, police should prevent crime and disorder by maintaining public support, by “absolutely impartial service to the law” and the “offering... Read more...

Save our bacon!

By Oliver Pike, Volunteer Bacon is the king of breakfast foods and as such is honoured with International Bacon Day once a year. That’s today by the way! And although bacon is near universally popular (it has been often dubbed a ‘gateway meat’ by vegetarians) the public health lobby is... Read more...

SAS: Freedom Works

John O'Connell writes for CapX Freedom is underappreciated in the UK. As CapX readers well know, free markets and free people have made the whole world richer and more equal, and have helped bring freedom of speech and freedom of choice to billions. Everywhere from the United States to Hong... Read more...

Free schools: taking the state out of the school

This guest blog is written by Bethany Wright, a teacher of English Literature and Divinities at the West London Free School. When the coalition government entered office in 2010, they found an education system in free fall. Standards had slipped and the UK was falling down international league tables, it... Read more...

An Englishman's home is his council house

By Dougal Burrowes, Volunteer Last week marked a century of council housing, as introduced in the Addison Act 1919. It paved the way for funds for local councils to build 500,000 houses in three years. Now 100 years later and Britain needs 250,000 built every year just to keep up... Read more...

Don't sugar-coat sin taxes

By Michael Ward, Volunteer This July, the UK saw record breaking peaks in temperature all around the country. Britons eager to enjoy the tropical heat flocked to the beach, donning their umbrella hats, and of course tucking into a cone of cool ice cream. But there’s a bitter taste on... Read more...

SAS: Safeguarding Silicon Valley

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here By Dougal Burrowes, Volunteer The last few days have been big for big tech; Facebook, Alphabet (Google) and Twitter have all released their financial results from the second quarter. Since last year, Facebook’s weekly usage has increased... Read more...

5 tax cuts for the new PM

1. Stamp duty land tax It is encouraging to see that the new prime minister has considered raising the threshold for paying stamp duty as well as lowering the top rate. However, he should go further and abolish stamp duty completely. There is a housing crisis in this country, with... Read more...

SAS: Greek voters - socialism's Achilles' heel?

To find out more about the Stand Against Socialism (SAS) campaign, click here By Thomas Young, Volunteer In the latest of many election surprises in the past year, Greece has elected a new majority centre-right government for the first time in a decade. The New Democracy party, now led by... Read more...

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...

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