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citizenfourCITIZENFOUR is a real life thriller, unfolding by the minute as filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald encounter Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room and he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA and GCHQ.

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Defusing the Debt Timebomb

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Government borrowing is currently running 10% higher than last year – exacerbating the already parlous state of the UK’s public finances.

This week, as part of its 2020 Vision initiative, the Institute of Economic Affairs launched its new report, Defusing the Debt Timebomb.    The think tank says spending restraint, pro-growth reforms and fundamental changes to pensions and healthcare provision are urgently needed to tackle this colossal problem.  Download the report for free here.

And a new short film from ieaTV Danny and the Debt Mountain shows why this story is unlikely to have a happy ending.  Watch it here.

Defusing the Debt Timebomb

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Government borrowing is currently running 10% higher than last year – exacerbating the already parlous state of the UK’s public finances.

This month, as part of its 2020 Vision initiative, the Institute of Economic Affairs is looking at ways of defusing the UK’s debt timebomb.  Its book, “The Government Debt Iceberg, takes a comprehensive look at the colossal scale of the problem – and outlines the crippling tax rises needed to pay for the promises made by successive governments.

Download it for free here

And a new short film from ieaTV Danny and the Debt Mountain shows why this story is unlikely to have a happy ending.  Watch it here.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Come to TechCentral in Manchester at Labour Conference

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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