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  • December 19, 2014

    A European good news story

    The dramatic plunge in the Russian rouble and the knife-edge presidential votes precipitating elections in Greece provided more than enough copy for financial journalists this week. So it was perhaps no surprise that Tuesday’s launch of the European Commission’s 2015 work programme raised barely a flicker of interest. While the European Union has tended only […]
  • December 19, 2014

    Would an inconclusive election result stoke support for electoral reform?

    Whisper it softly, but for three-quarters of the electorate next May’s election will be anything but unpredictable. As the Westminster Village gets itself with a frenzy of excitement about the outcome, the stark truth is that at least 500 of the UK’s 650 constituencies will absolutely assuredly elect an MP of the same party allegiance […]
  • December 4, 2014

    Stamp duty overhauled in the Autumn Statement

    Yesterday Chancellor George Osborne stayed true to Autumn Statement tradition by pulling a rabbit out of his Red Box. A much-needed overhaul of the antiquated stamp duty system has been implemented in double-quick time, banishing in a sweep the duty’s perverse slab element that saw properties taxed at set rates on their entire value once […]
  • December 1, 2014

    Some strategic thoughts for the Autumn Statement and beyond

    One of the great paradoxes of this strangest of political times is that sustained growth and clear signs of domestic recovery have made the economy a less salient issue to voters. It is almost as if these upward trends are now being taken for granted by voters unaware of the hardship and challenges that continue […]
  • November 21, 2014

    The Rochester & Strood By-election Result

    Following yesterday’s by-election in Rochester & Strood, Mark has outlined his initial thoughts below on the result and its potential ramifications – 1. The evaporation of a near 10,000 majority has inevitably triggered a frenzied post-mortem which Conservatives must avoid turning into unrest. 2. The truth is that victory in Rochester & Strood, whilst widely anticipated at the start […]
  • November 16, 2014

    Our immigration policy on overseas students is harming British interests

    ‘Whenever I travel in the world, particularly in China and India, one question persists,’ reflected Professor Andrew Hamilton last month, ‘’why has the UK adopted a visa system so hostile to student entry?’ Frankly, it baffles me too!’ As Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Professor Hamilton understands both the colossal economic opportunity that international students represent […]
  • November 10, 2014

    Why I will be voting for the European Arrest Warrant later today

    Mark wrote the following piece for prominent political blog, ConservativeHome, explaining why he is in favour of the UK remaining signed up to the European Arrest Warrant. To read online, click http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2014/11/mark-field-why-i-will-be-voting-for-the-european-arrest-warrant-later-today.html  Later today, I will be voting for the United Kingdom to remain part of the Arrest Warrant and other important measures which help our […]
  • October 16, 2014

    The crackdown on no win, no fee risks handing a victory to dodgy directors

    Mark had the following article published in this morning’s City AM: ONE OF the hazards of policymaking is that many of the best-laid plans can have curiously unintended consequences. In implementing policy, meanwhile, government can often find its left hand undermined by its right. So it has been with the Ministry of Justice’s laudable bid […]
  • October 9, 2014

    Arbitrarily criminalising banking is a reckless way to reform British finance

    Mark had the following article published in this morning’s City AM: THE RADICAL plan to prosecute bank bosses for reckless misconduct in the management of a bank is ringing alarm bells across the City, with a slew of top bankers now threatening to join the duo from HSBC in quitting the industry in protest. The […]
  • October 2, 2014

    The limitations of raising tax thresholds

    Taking the lowest paid out of income tax entirely was a policy brought uniquely to the table by the Liberal Democrats in 2010…or so the junior coalitionists would have the British public believe. The truth is a little more nuanced. My own constituency election address as far back as 2005 asserted an aspiration that no […]