Policy Analysis

What next for the UK? Conservative Party Policy and connected impacts in a post-Brexit world.

The morning of Thursday 12th December saw Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party steam to victory over Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, gaining a substantial majority of eighty lawmakers. Speaking in his maiden address of this parliament he promised to work ‘round the clock’ to repay his voters, calling for ‘[Brexit] healing to begin’. He hinted at many other…

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Trump’s tariffs target Brazil and Argentina; amid rising concerns over the future of the US farming industry

On Monday, American President Donald Trump announced the decision to-reinstate tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium coming from Argentina and Brazil, a proposal which failed to materialise last year for the two countries due to the ardent frustration of many domestic consumers at the idea of having to pay higher prices. Nonetheless,…

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Labour’s National Investment Bank: A misguided investment approach or a feasible means of jump-starting small-scale UK investment?

As Outlined in the 2017 Labour party manifesto, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John Mcdonell detailed plans for the introduction of a National Investment Bank (NIB) alongside a network of regional development banks that would issue the necessary funding to ‘small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SME’s) in the UK.  This was claimed to be in response…

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The UK’s Productivity Puzzle: is a four-day work week the solution?

The UK’s upcoming General Election sees political parties offering up their latest manifestoes, stacked with creative policy solutions to the Union’s most pressing issues, including our stagnant productivity growth. In the last quarter of 2018, productivity was 18.3% below its pre-crisis trend; this gap is made clear by the adjacent graph from the Office for…

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