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Last year around 19,000 bicycles were reported stolen to the Metropolitan Police yet only 666 (3.5 per cent) of these thefts were solved

Property crime is not a victimless crime

3 March 2015 12:01

While researching Taking its Toll, a report written with Policy Exchange on the regressive impact of property crime, some troubling facts became clear. In the year to March 2014 there… Continue reading


Rachel Reeves’s ‘staggering’ and ‘astonishing’ future of welfare speech

7 August 2014 11:26

Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, gave a speech earlier this week on the future of the welfare system. The choice that she presented was one between ‘…failing… Continue reading

Job centres need to be radically overhauled to embed welfare changes and provide support to those who need it most. (Image: Getty)

A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

22 July 2014 11:59

Jobs must surely be one of the great success stories of this government: 1.8 million more people in work, and unemployment at its lowest level since 2008. Increasingly the coalition’s… Continue reading

Michael Gove and his former advisor Dominic Cummings. Photo: Getty.

David Cameron attacks ‘career psychopath’ Dominic Cummings

19 June 2014 10:43

There must be an election in the offing because the PM was out and about last night looking for a manifesto. He addressed Policy Exchange’s (PX) annual summer bash in Westminster… Continue reading


Will the Union be a victim of multiculturalism?

7 May 2014 11:39

One of the more striking statistics in yesterday’s Policy Exchange report on multi-ethnic Britain is the revelation that only 25 per cent of white Britons identify as British. This low… Continue reading

Will Ed Miliband's policy have any effect on our housing problems? Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Labour’s rent control policy will not solve our housing problems

1 May 2014 17:36

Labour’s decision to impose rent controls will do little to solve our housing problems. Rent controls are at best misguided and at worst could be counterproductive, longer term. Misguided because rents… Continue reading

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Exclusive: Max Chambers to join No.10 policy unit

24 April 2014 16:20

I understand that Max Chambers of Policy Exchange will soon join the Number 10 policy unit. Chambers will take on the home affairs brief that has been vacant since Patrick… Continue reading

Time for a rethink on Civil Service paper shuffling? Photo: Three Lions/Getty Images

Could making Whitehall smaller, better, faster, stronger save £70 billion?

2 September 2013 18:10

The government could save £70 billion from the Whitehall spending bill by moving into a new digitised age. That’s the gist of a new report from Policy Exchange, detailing the… Continue reading

Boris Johnson at yesterday's Paralympic Marathon. The Mayor is gathering evidence for his own submission to the Davies commission on airport capacity. Picture: Getty

Boris and the gipsies of Belgium

10 July 2013 18:08

It’s the peak of the summer party season. Half a dozen events competed for the Westminster crowd last night. The bookies at Ladbrokes made themselves outsiders by holding their booze-up on a… Continue reading


Could a digital and more transparent NHS prevent another Mid Staffs scandal?

26 March 2013 19:28

Digital politics is all the rage. Take what Rachel Sylvester described in today’s Times as ‘digital Bennism’ — an online movement that is becoming increasingly influential to the Labour party’s… Continue reading

The 'Get Carter' car park is demolished in Gateshead: but will the regeneration provide a long term future? Photo: Craig Allan/Flickr

Austerity hits home in the North East of England

28 December 2012 14:07

Have you personally suffered from George Osborne’s spending cuts? Your answer depends largely on where you live. I’ve witnessed both over the past few days. This Christmas, I’m enjoying my first prolonged… Continue reading

Has Westminster forgotten our friends in the north?

The View from 22 — Broken Britain, Osborne on the up and Spectator says no to a state-licensed press

29 November 2012 13:05

Has national politics in Britain given up on the North of England? In this week’s cover feature, director of Policy Exchange Neil O’Brien argues that very little is being currently done… Continue reading

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The View from 22 – Barack Obama’s hollow victory and remodernising the Tories

8 November 2012 9:46

Is there something underwhelming about Obama’s reelection? In this week’s cover feature, John O’Sullivan discusses impact of changing demographics of the America electorate and the challenges this poses for the… Continue reading

Owen Paterson: no to wind farm subsidies. Photo: Getty Images.

Conservative conference: Owen Paterson says yes to shale gas and no to wind farms subsidies

10 October 2012 3:57

‘We will only improve the environment if we improve the economy.’ Owen Paterson demonstrated the government’s new environmental mantra at a Policy Exchange fringe event this evening, discussing how we… Continue reading

What factors influence these pupils to gain far better GCSEs? Photo: PA.

What influences GCSE grades?

23 August 2012 13:01

For the first time in the history of GCSE exams, this year’s results have seen a decline in grades. Today, the Joint Council for Qualifications, which represents exam boards, announced… Continue reading

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The Whitehall monster would kill any data revolution

3 July 2012 16:00

Could the government save £33 billion a year through better use of data? That’s the claim of a new report from Policy Exchange, which highlights how the government has failed… Continue reading


ASBOs weren’t much cop, but what about their replacement?

22 May 2012 15:39

Brace yourselves for a new crime wave sweeping across the country — the government is doing away with ASBOs. Or, rather, don’t. The truth about ASBOs is that they were… Continue reading


Friends in north?

12 May 2012 16:42

For the Tories to have any hope of winning a majority, they have to face up to reclaiming seats in the North, but can they do so under Cameron? David Skelton… Continue reading


Tricolour Britain

30 April 2012 19:02

With unionists getting grubbed in Scotland and Labour being driven to near-extinction in vast swathes of the south, a new map of political Britain is emerging. In my latest Telegraph column,… Continue reading


The questions Alex Salmond can’t answer

15 March 2012 10:40

Should Scotland be independent? I’d have thought that only a few people — most of them Scottish — would care enough about the question to come to a debate hosted by… Continue reading


Cameron’s Human Rights quandry

12 March 2012 18:03

The combination of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights is, I predict, going to give David Cameron an increasing number of headaches in… Continue reading


May’s quiet revolution

3 March 2012 16:55

Do you remember the great parliamentary battle over privatisation of police services? Me neither, which is why Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is proving a better minister than Andrew Lansley,… Continue reading


Detoxifying profit in education

23 February 2012 18:19

Profit and education are still two words that should only be put together with caution. The coalition has long-accepted this is a toxic area, as typified by Nick Clegg in September… Continue reading


Murphy launches Labour’s defence review

22 February 2012 14:25

Remember when Jim Murphy spoke about defence cuts last month? It was not only a smart refinement of Labour’s fiscal position, but also a preview for the defence review that… Continue reading


Trigger happy policy

30 January 2012 17:29

There have been signs recently that ministers are slipping back into the policy-by-headline mindset that defined the last Labour government. We’re seeing the sorts of policies that lack evidence, are launched… Continue reading