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Politeia's latest publications

What's the Point of the Human Rights Act?

If Human Rights Act is Scrapped, British Bill of Rights Must Give Same Protection!
 
Dinah Rose QC makes the case in What's the Point of the
Human Rights Act?
 
Publication: 26th February 2015
 
As Britain's political parties prepare for the 2015 general election, the future of the Human Rights Act 1998 is in doubt. The Conservative Party intends to replace it with a British bill of rights, if returned to power. Though the proposal is popular, it has also been criticised across the political parties.
 
In What’s the Point of the Human Rights Act?,  Dinah Rose QC, examines the role played in the English constitution by both the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act. The author, one of Britain's leading barristers, explains that  English common law protected and developed fundamental  rights long before the Human Rights Act. Indeed, common law goes further in protecting such rights - for example in the right to a fair trial. 

New Online Publication - QE for the Eurozone

Early in 2015 the European Central Bank (ECB) committed to a course of Quantitative Easing  (QE) for the Eurozone, committing  60bn Euros a month to the zone’s faltering economy until September 2016.

QE for the Eurozone - What Does This Mean?
Sensible, Appropriate and Well-Calibrated
 
Professor Tim Congdon CBE
 

Many people are baffled by 'quantitative easing' and its impact on troubled economies. Yet, QE has been widely adopted by central banks in the last few years to boost demand, output and employment, and to escape the macroeconomic malaise that has afflicted the advanced industrial countries during and since the Great Recession of 2008 - 10.

The European Central Bank’s adoption of a QE programme follows similar action by the Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England.

You can read Professor Congdon's analysis here.

The UK Government Spending Ratio: Back to the 1930s?

The UK Government Spending Ratio: Back to the 1930s?​ 

Public spending will be at levels of Gordon Brown, says Politeia's new economic spending analysis

David B. Smith

Winter 2015

As the debate over reductions to Government spending ratios looks set to dominate the electoral campaign, Politeia’s analysis by the economist, David B. Smith*, considers what the figures for public spending really are.

In The UK Government Spending Ratio: Back to the 1930s?, David B. Smith shows that the changes to accounting procedures and the measures officially used to report public spending ratios tend to underestimate levels of public spending. In particular, the new European rules which have just come into force (ESA 2010) make a like for like comparison difficult to establish. To this problem must be added the further complication of what is, or is not, included by government for calculating public spending.

New Publication - Britain and the EU

Britain and the EU: The momentum for European reform
 
Lord Howell of Guildford
 
Publication Launch: 11th December 2014 
 
In the May 2014 European elections huge numbers across the EU voted for Eurosceptic parties. Britain’s UK Independence Party topped the poll in the UK which meant more than half the votes went to Eurosceptic parties. The prime minister has promised to renegotiate the UK’s relation with the EU, if the Conservative party is returned to power. Since then, Politeia’s UK/EU debate has been launched to consider the principles to guide UK policy, opening with Martin Howe QC’s - Zero Plus: The Principles of EU Renegotiation.
 
 

Publication Launch: Magistrates Work!

   

Magistrates Work! Restoring Local Justice

Simon Reevell MP
Stanley Brodie QC 
Professor John Howson
 
Publication: 20th October 2014

 

The political parties are now in general election mode for the 2015 election. The country has been warned that more cuts are on the way to tackle the levels of deficit which remain. The question for many will be how can the principles on which justice rests be maintained despite economic stringency?

In Politeia's new publication, Magistrates Work!the authors* take stock of the consequences of the closure of magistrates courts before and since 2010, including the damage to access to justice, transparency and rising costs.

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