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Road to economic recovery means rebalancing the economy post Covid-19

7 July 2020

In the wake of the Prime Minister’s recent proposals for economic recovery after the lockdown, including measures to boost infrastructure construction, the UK entrepreneur and economist with a life-long political background in the Labour Party, John Mills suggests in a new report that the UK economy will be faced with a number of disadvantages which will make recovery especially difficult. The major UK challenges… In his report, The Road to Recovery: Reviving Manufacturing…

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‘Schools should reopen fully’ in September – government must ‘drop all requirements for children to practice social distancing with immediate effect’, says think-tank report

2 July 2020

Given the expectation for school reopening plans in England to be unveiled by the government this week, the government should ‘drop all requirements for children to practice social distancing with immediate effect’, urges a new Civitas report. In this report, Joanna Williams argues that children and young people do not appear to be severely affected by coronavirus. There is little evidence that children play a role in transmitting the virus to adults. However, children have…

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A hat trick of pandemic failures

25 June 2020

How the government has so badly mishandled its response to the pandemic – and the questions which Parliament and future inquiries should ask Britain is suffering and will continue to suffer more than any other country in the world from the pandemic, write Jim McConalogue and Tim Knox in A hat trick of failures: How ‘the Blob’ led the British Government down the wrong path, to be published by the think tank Civitas on Thursday 25…

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Transgender ideology leaving a ‘corrosive impact’ on society – new book finds optimism in scrapping of gender recognition reforms

19 June 2020

Given that the UK government is now set to scrap plans to allow people to change their legal gender by “self-identifying” as a different sex – while also preparing to set out new safeguards to protect female-only spaces (including refuges and public lavatories), a new Civitas book expresses some optimism for those policies through a series of recommendations. In this report, Joanna Williams argues public institutions have long been captivated by an “ideology of…

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Trading under WTO rules “a far better option” – our EU relationship was “an expensive failure”

12 June 2020

A fundamental issue at the heart of the Brexit trade talks has been the comparison of merits of trade as an EU member and those under WTO rules. In this report, Michael Burrage and Phil Radford compare UK trade as conducted within these two trade relationships, in both goods and services, over the two decades from 1999 to 2018. They argue, it is emphatically trade with the WTO14 that has created jobs in the UK…

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New report outlines deregulatory and tax-cutting measures to reboot Britain

11 June 2020

The crisis does not signal a failure of capitalism nor the need for permanent increase in government intervention or public spending, says a new briefing paper from the IEA and Civitas. The risks of this crisis to the UK economy should not be downplayed; The decline will be huge – and lifting the lockdown may not be sufficient in itself to allow a robust and speedy recovery; Many businesses cannot operate in the new world of…

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Twelve ideas for regenerating a UK economic recovery after lockdown

28 May 2020

What should the Government do to encourage rapid economic recovery from the lockdown while pledging its one-nation commitment to spreading prosperity across all sections of society? In this report, David Green, Director of Civitas identifies how the coronavirus crisis has highlighted some structural weaknesses in our economic life – and offers twelve policy recommendations: 1. Renewal of cities: localising investment power “The primary objective should be to empower people who live locally to solve their…

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WHO, beholden to Beijing, should be investigated – and the Chinese-led global order must be ‘reset’

18 May 2020

In this new report, Year of the Bat: Globalisation, China and the Coronavirus, academic experts Dr Niall McCrae and Professor M.L.R. Smith argue that, as the virus proliferated, China tried to cover up the contagion and did little to stop its worldwide spread from the initial source in Wuhan. Faced with the US administration ceasing funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) and conducting “serious investigations” into Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus…

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What kind of UK economic recovery after lockdown? Look to Britain’s small export businesses in their ‘Brexit boom’

15 May 2020

In recent weeks, some economic assessments have assumed an economic recovery from the coronavirus lockdown that would take the form of a ‘V-shaped’ bounce-back, while others expect long-lasting permanent damage to the economy. A new Civitas publication finds grounds for optimism in the recent track record of Britain’s smaller businesses and their extraordinary export revival. But much depends on how the Government uses its powers once the lockdown ends. Marcus Gibson…

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Human rights laws should be decided democratically in Britain – the constitution needs rebalancing

20 March 2020

The Human Rights Act should be abolished as Britain seeks to regain the ability to decide its own human rights laws within its own democratic public sphere, a new Civitas publication argues. Civitas editorial director Jim McConalogue warns that the Human Rights Act has had a detrimental impact on the UK constitution, emboldening a judicial supremacy of rights, far removed and insulated from the electorate. He sets out how: the glaring contradiction between the government…

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Small business owners experience ‘a great disconnect’ from government – despite repeated claims they form the ‘backbone of the economy’

2 March 2020

Politicians of all parties repeatedly declare that small businesses form the 'backbone of the British economy'. Yet a new survey shows that those same politicians too often fail to provide the right level of support for small business, resulting in ‘a great disconnect’, a new Civitas book reveals today. Tim Knox finds in two surveys that many small business owners feel that government tend to listen to big business far more closely to that of…

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