Friday, October 10, 2014

Through the Roof

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Property prices and the soaring cost of living are never far from the headlines – and never far from politicians’ lips.

This conference season, all four main parties have discussed ways of cutting the UK’s cost of living. Tax cuts, price freezes and increasing the minimum wage have all been put forward.

But in this new short film from the Institute of Economic Affairs, Director General Mark Littlewood argues that suffocating planning restrictions have the most profound effect on housing costs in the UK.

Watch more videos from ieaTV.

Friday, October 3, 2014

I Don’t See Much Sin… Just Taxes

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Have you seen “Sin Taxes”? This stylish video short – from the Institute of Economic Affairs – shows how the poor are hit hardest by sin taxes. It puts forward proposals that would ease that burden – and boost the economy at the same time. It’s the most watched video of the year on ieaTV – the think tank’s online channel. Find out more here.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Creating the Apprenticeship Revolution This Country Needs

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Leading apprenticeship provider, Pera Training, and the Million Jobs campaign, are delighted to invite you to their Conservative Party fringe event: “Building a 21st Century Workforce”.

When: Tuesday, 30th September, from 1230 – 1400

Where: Soprano Room, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JZ (adjacent to the conference centre and within the secure zone).

Speakers: Andrew Jones MP, Apprenticeship Ambassador to Parliament; Sara Caplan, Head of Further Education and Skills, PwC, Marion Osborne, Interim Director, Million Jobs and Lewi Griffiths, Director, Pera Training.

A buffet lunch and Prosecco will be served.

Both organisations are committed to helping policymakers from all parties set the path for the apprenticeship revolution this country needs.

The fringe event will also highlight the findings of a report, launched in Parliament earlier this month, entitled: “Varsity Blues: Time for apprenticeships to graduate?”

Varsity Blues is the first report of its kind in the UK directly to compare the earnings, employment and taxpayer returns of graduates with those of apprentices.

It shows apprentices have more favourable earnings and employment rates compared to a significant proportion of graduates, particularly those from ‘new’ universities.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Sin Taxes Increase Inequality
Disproportionately Harm the Poor

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You may have seen Sin City 2, but have you seen Sin Taxes – a stylish new video short from the Institute of Economic Affairs?  It’s the poor who continue to be hardest hit by sin taxes – and here the iea puts forward proposals that would ease that burden.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Farage Swings For Europe

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Some say we’re better together and for one week only Nigel Farage is certainly supporting that notion, but for Europe!

In an unexpected turn, notorious Eurosceptic Nigel Farage has joined forces with Paddy Power to back Team Europe (in the Ryder Cup that is).

To show his allegiance, Farage has filmed a mock party political broadcast urging the boys to show those fist-bumping, flag-waving Yanks what us Europeans are really made of once and for all.

With Ryder Cup fever primed to hit Europe with a bang this weekend, Farage has released a rallying cry of support for Team Europe who will be teeing off against Team U S of A, at Gleneagles tomorrow.

The video shows Nige, in the words of 2Unlimited (who coincidentally were No.1 when the yanks last took home a victory over on these shores – 1993 for all you golf boffins), claim that there’s quite literally “no no no no, limit to the talent of this young European team.”

Speaking on the strength of the competition, Farage questions Woods’ excuse as to why he’s a no show for this year’s showdown, “…hurt his back. How did you do that Tiger? Carrying the hopes and dreams of a nation?”

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Nigel Farage said, “I’m not the greatest fan of an ever closer union inside Europe, but when it comes to the Ryder Cup we’re better together. I’m urging all my fellow Europeans to get behind Team Europe and send Uncle Sam packing.”

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said “We don’t take sides when it comes to politics but we certainly do when it comes to the Ryder Cup. And when Nigel is coming out for Europe you know the whole continent is behind the team.”

Want to see behind the scenes and read more about Farage’s support of Team Europe? Visit the Paddy Power blog.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Come to TechCentral in Manchester at Labour Conference

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The UK political party conferences have seen health hotels and transport hubs; now it is time for TechCentral. An initiative from the teams behind MessageSpace and Big Brother Watch, TechCentral is putting technology and digital policy firmly on the party conference agenda for the first time.

With key players in the industry, including TalkTalk, Microsoft, EE, Facebook and a host of NGOs and start-ups, showcasing fringe meetings, debates, interactive experiences and workshops, TechCentral promises to be an exciting addition to the party conference season.

Conveniently placed in a marquee within the secure zone at the Labour and Conservative conferences and in the conference centre at the Liberal Democrat conference, TechCentral offers MPs, delegates, campaigners and journalists the chance to debate and explore tech and digital policy. MPs and candidates will also have the chance to brush up on their social media skills ahead of the general election through a series of workshops.

Emma Carr, co-founder of TechCentral says: “How technology and data are used can fundamentally improve the way that our country, and indeed the world, functions. Yet far more can be done to ensure that technology policy making is better informed and it is this that lies at the heart of TechCentral. We’re very pleased to have significant players in the digital industry supporting the project in its first year. The conferences will feature sessions on social media training for the general election and fringes on digital policy, all of which we very much hope the delegates will enjoy.”

TechCentral will be kitted out with free Wi-Fi from EE, the Facebook Geni Bar, live conference feed and a bloggers lounge (when fringes are not taking place).

For a full agenda of events taking place in TechCentral at each conference just click: Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat Conference, or head over to the TechCentral website.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Get In: TechCentral at the Party Conferences

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With the pace of dramatic change and innovation in the world of technology – from driverless cars to wearable tech – public policy in the UK has lagged behind technological advances. In many respects this is due to the technology industry being more distant from politics in comparison to other public policy concerns like health and transport. Despite Britain having a large and vibrant technologically advanced economy.

Key public policy issues have in the past all enjoyed dedicated zones at the party conferences, with delegates and politicians flocking to hear about the latest advances and discuss hot issues. It’s long overdue that there was such a public forum to bridge the gap between the tech world and the political world. That new forum is TechCentral – a dedicated technology space within the secure zones at Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences, which will be attended by thousands of delegates.

It is unsurprising, given the importance of this year’s conferences ahead of next year’s general election, that TechCentral has secured partnerships with Facebook, Microsoft, EE, and TalkTalk. For example Microsoft will be offering sessions about coding and Facebook will be giving social media training for candidates using blazing fast 4G and wi-fi from EE. Afterwards Talk Talk will have you singing the night away with their X-Factor contest. Many other organisations will also be holding events in the TechCentral venue.

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A small number of opportunities for technology related organisations to hold their fringe sessions within TechCentral are still available. For more information about TechCentral, including partnership opportunities, pricing and the current agenda for each party conference, visit TechCentral or for more info email andrew@techcentral.org.uk.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cameron Must Show Leadership to Protect Shipping Industry

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We support tough new laws on sulphur emissions, but the European Commission admit that the way they are being implemented will have a detrimental impact on the British economy.  In fact, figures show that 2000 UK jobs will be lost, and 12 million tonnes of C02 will be emitted unnecessarily.

We are working flat out to comply with new rules by 1st January 2015.  But the ‘scrubber’ technology we need has only just begun to work, and when it takes up to 50 days to fit to each ship, the EU should accept that doing a job properly takes time.

If the UK shows leadership, others will follow.  So, Mr Cameron, here is your chance.

Monday, June 16, 2014

House of Cards Season 2 Out on Blu-Ray & DVD

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“The first drops of blood have been spilt. The bullet grazed my cheek, but I haven’t fallen.”

Back-channelling, briefing against colleagues and undermining political rivals – today is an apt day for the release of House of Cards: Season 2 on Blu-ray & DVD. You can order your copy of the must-see television series starring Kevin Spacey here.

Did you think I’d forgotten you…

Friday, May 30, 2014

Survey Says…

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According to an Ipsos Mori poll the Guido Fawkes Blog is the publication most read by MPs either online or in print. In case you were wondering it wasn’t commissioned by our advertising representatives MessageSpace. According to the research no other blog, political news website or newspaper is read by more MPs than Guido. We’re immensely proud, though not too surprised.

We don’t tend to do many interviews, waffling wordy comment pieces or publish rehashed press releases.  We get political stories quicker than most of our rivals, we’re more fun and we combine hard news with tittle-tattle, high brow and low brow into a hopefully compelling product. It is a formula that has seen us consistently top reader satisfaction surveys for a decade. From the Prime Minister down to A-Level politics students, we know that staying in touch with what our readers want is why we’re #1. You’re either in front of Guido, or you’re behind…


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