Friday, October 31, 2014

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.

Friday, October 24, 2014

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.

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.

Follow Pera Training (@peratraining) on Twitter.

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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Party Conference Quiz: Free Magnum of Champagne for Winner

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Banking on Mum & Dad?

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Having loaned £2bn to help customers secure a first home last year, the Bank of Mum & Dad is on the brink of collapse. The beleaguered bank yesterday announced high house prices are making it harder and harder to keep up.

A spokeswoman for the bank said, ‘We apologise for any embarrassment caused to customers forced to continue living with us into their thirties. But rest assured, we love you very much.’

The spokeswoman went on to state “Alex – if you are reading this, dinner is in the oven. Text us if you’re going to be home late tonight, love”.

Worried customers can find out more from the Bank of Mum & Dad here.

Commentators are increasingly concerned about the situation, with parents across the country increasingly struggling to keep up. A spokesperson from Shelter stated: “The Bank of Mum & Dad is under real pressure because of out of control house prices. 64% of parents have raided their own savings to help their child get on the ladder or with rent costs. And the Bank of Mum & Dad is having to give £23,000 on average to its customers for a deposit”.

The spokesperson went on to comment “A pay-out from the Bank of Mum & Dad can’t be the next generation’s only chance of affording a home of their own. Politicians need to give back hope to the thousands of people desperate for a stable home by building the affordable homes they are crying out for”.

With housing now a top-five voter issue, politicians are under increasing pressure to provide answers as to how they will tackle the housing shortage. And it an area that’s up for grabs. 1 in 4 voters don’t know which party is strongest on housing – suggesting huge opportunities for whichever party makes a pitch for this area.

See if the Bank of Mum & Dad can help get you on the ladder in your area.

Follow the Bank of Mum & Dad on Twitter.


Seen Elsewhere

Comply or Die at Grauniad | MediaGuido
Labour Beats UKIP in South Yorkshire | LabourList
Mock the Week’s Weak Comedy | Nigel Farage
Can Jim Murphy Save Scottish Labour? | Guardian
There is Still Appetite for the Westminster Lunch | Jon Craig
Labour Turn Their Backs on Jewish Community | Dan Hodges
Chivalry is Not Dead | Laura Perrins
Jonathan Jones is a Tw*t | Iain Dale
Second Scotland Poll Suggests Labour Wipeout | Times
Paedo Probe Boss Urged to Quit | Sun
Keynesian Tories Won’t Eliminate Deficit | Tim Montgomerie


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