On 11th December, the Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP will address Politeia on the future of the jury system in England and Wales.
The event will form part of Politeia’s 2013-14 Legal Series.
Trial by jury is widely seen as central to the UK's justice system. But as the justice system faces new challenges, many will question whether the current system is still fit for purpose. Do today's juries understand their task? Are they the most effective guarantor of justice?
David Butterfield, Stephen Anderson, Katherine Radice and Dominic Sullivan
Latin in the new curriculum and GCSE is in danger of being the Cinderella of foreign languages. So far the official remit threatens two penalties. Secondary schools may not offer Latin as an option for the languages National Curriculum of 11-14 year olds (although primaries can). And, so far, the proposals for GCSE Latin do not include any specification to allow translation from English into Latin as an examinable option.
To the authors of Politeia’s new study, Latin for Language Lovers: Ancient Languages, the New Curriculum and GCSE, these omissions should be rectified when it comes to the final framework.
The Coalition’s welfare reforms aim to ensure that working people earn more than those on benefit and that unemployed people can find and keep a job. These are widely welcomed. But, says Frank Field MP, the Labour Member of Parliament for Birkenhead, more radical change is needed if the system is to be effective, affordable and also fair.
In Working Welfare: Contributory Benefits, the Moral Economy and the New Politics, Mr Field, a former minister for Welfare Reform and Chairman of Parliament’s Social Security Select Committee, says if welfare is to work, thecontributory insurance principle must be restored to the National Insurance System. Contributors and tax payers should own their individual ‘pots’ and new mutual societies should run the system on their behalf.
John McFall, Kent Matthews, Patrick Minford, David Green, Jamie Dannhauser, John Hodgson, Scott Cochrane, David B. Smith, Edward George
The financial crisis of 2007-8, its aftermath and the bank bailouts which followed have prompted an intense interest in the financial sector and its future regulation. Politicians have responded with a series of measures to regulate and prevent a recurrence. Banks will be obliged to have higher capital ratios; investment banking will be separated from retail and the presumption will be that in future there will be no bailouts.
The authors of Politeia’s new volume*, The Financial Sector and the UK Economy: The Danger of Over-Regulation,who include some of the country’s most distinguished economists and others with specialist knowledge of the financial services industry, are in no doubt that there are serious problems to be tackled. But they raise concerns about the emphasis, volume and efficacy of current measures, which may not bring the intended results or may prove counter effective.
No Change in Interest Rates at the Bank of England
As the Bank of England leaves interest rates unchanged, Professor David B Smith considers the wider economic picture.
Nuclear Options - Is Hinkley Point the Best Deal for the UK?
As HMG announces a deal with the French company EDF to go ahead with the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point with substantial Chinese investment, Dr Simon Taylor, University Lecturer in Finance at Cambridge, explains what lies behind the decision.
Energy Price Freeze - Good Politics, Bad Government
At its conference in Brighton, Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged to freeze the price of energy after the next election if his party are in government. But, argues David Mowat MP, this will only serve to further hamper the ability for UK energy companies to attract the investment that is essential for a secure energy supply in the coming years.
Off Track - Is it the end of the line for High Speed 2?
As the National Audit Office gives the thumbs down to High Speed Two, Christian Wolmar explains that directing investment towards improving the existing network would bring greater benefit to more people.
No Triple Dip - Will growth in 2013 be better than expected?
Dr Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London, is cautiously optimistic about the economy, following the release of GDP figures for the first quarter of 2013.
When it comes to the European Union, Britain is not alone
Sheila Lawlor, Politeia's Director, reflects on the growth of euroscepticism across Europe