Capitalism for the Little Guy

Today I published a paper with the Free Enterprise Group called ‘Capitalism for the Little Guy — JAMs today’, published by the Institute for Economic Affairs. The paper looks at four markets that we all use everyday, but which are gummed up, and are failing consumers. I lay out some proposals to boost competition, and […]

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Oxshott and Cobham Music Society

Last Friday, I met with the Oxshott and Cobham Music Society. They are an impressive but also very friendly group, chaired by Chris Mapleton. They organise regular concerts with high level musicians as well as talks and meetings to allow people to enjoy music locally in Elmbridge. The society also offer young people the opportunity […]

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Small Business Saturday

This morning, I took a stroll along Claygate Village Parade with John Walker (from the Federation of Small Businesses), to support and hear from local retailers. I discussed a range of issues, including online retail competition, local parking (which has got better, and is helping footfall), business rates, local commercial rents and VAT. Claygate Parade […]

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Why did the forecasters get it wrong?

Today, I’ve written a column for The Daily Telegraph after the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development became the latest organisation to U-turn on its predictions of a post-referendum economic shock. The OECD now says that the UK will grow faster in 2016 than any other advanced economy in the world. Why did the forecasters […]

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Weekend Politics

This weekend, I appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster alongside Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU Law at Cambridge University, discussing the High Court Brexit case. You can listen here, from 16 minutes in. On Sunday, I joined the so-called ‘Croissant Corner’ on ITV’s Peston on Sunday to discuss Brexit, the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and […]

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Question Time

Last night, I joined the panel of BBC’s Question Time from Southend-on-Sea along with Labour MP Yvette Cooper, Scottish MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, University of London academic Sarah Churchwell and Vice-President of Republicans Overseas Jan Halper-Hayes. The debate was inevitably dominated by the American election and Donald Trump and the question of what Britain’s response should […]

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