Research

Monday, January 7, 2013
Writing in the Daily Telegraph's Transport Supplement former Bow Group Chairman The Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP criticises current Government policy on the HS2 Project and route, and argues for full integration with HS1, Heathrow and the wider transit...
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Throughout his life, William Rees-Mogg was a man of great principle and intellect.He was a life-long conservative and always held true to the principles of British conservatism, even during times when The Conservative Party itself moved away from...
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Prime Minister giving a free vote on gay marriage will bring about a hurricane of debate within The Conservative Party over whether allowing same sex marriage is ‘conservative’ or not.I have never really been that vocal or indeed taken much of...
Monday, December 10, 2012
This week's news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a child has been greeted with an international media storm consummate with the world's most famous couple, and such febrile interest was always going to be the reaction to such...
Monday, December 3, 2012
 Atula Abeysekera is a senior risk management and corporate governance practitioner and Council Member and Deputy Treasurer of the Bow Group.He authored the Bow Group’s recent paper on risk management “Black Swans Mean Business”  When...
Saturday, November 24, 2012
 On Sunday 25th November 2012 the Catalan people vote in regional elections, the leading candidate and current President Arturo Mas has promised a referendum on Catalan independence if re-elected.In any crisis there is opportunity, opportunity...
Thursday, November 15, 2012
 Perhaps the greatest politician of our generation, Bill Clinton, began his Presidency with what many consider to be his most naive political mistake.New arrivals on the most contested of hills, the Clintons swept into Washington as the great...
Friday, November 9, 2012
 The recent exposure of Jimmy Savile’s sordid past has fostered a much deeper analysis of sex and abuse scandals in British society, which reflects the bizarre nature in which justice is still pursued in the United Kingdom.The pursuit of...
Thursday, November 8, 2012
 It may have been the most cited figure in the US Presidential election race; the US national debt currently stands at $16.3 trillion.The debt accumulated under Barack Obama’s first term is not just the greatest amount of national debt...
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
 In the lead up to Remembrance Day the Bow Group has released a briefing paper challenging the Government to provide an adequate system to record, preserve and maintain the graves and memorials of Victoria Cross and high medal recipients...
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Bow Group Research Secretary Richard Mabey writing at CityAM. Read the original article here. In a closed meeting in Strasbourg yesterday, European commissioners heavily criticised a package of reforms proposed by the commissioner for justice...
Monday, October 15, 2012
In a recent governmental white paper and accompanying Telegraph editorial, former Policing and Justice Minister, Nick Herbert, quite commendably pledged to enhance the swiftness and certainty of justice in the system he oversaw. Such a change...
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
 Kenneth Clarke, a most longevous Bow Group (and Cabinet) alumni of past and present, can often be heard recounting a rose-tinted tale of when he was a young man; As his story goes, before his almost peerless contribution to the Bow Group and...
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Twenty years ago this year, the Conference was reeling from the shock of ejection from the Exchange Rate Mechanism, and teetering on the abyss of the splits over the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty. Are we about to find out that the...
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
“This man, on one hand, believes that he knows something, while not knowing [anything]. On the other hand, I – equally ignorant – do not believe [that I know anything].”- Socrates in Plato’s The ApologiesThe notion of Socratic ignorance has been a...
Saturday, September 29, 2012
There is usually a time lag in politics. Pundits carry on citing obsolete statistics for years. Even when they catch up with the facts, they are slow to adjust their world-view to them.How often, for example, do you hear politicians and journalists...
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Labour Party is a party of causes, and during the years of New Labour the environment attracted the attention of the latest activist class.When politics is defined by activists, however, it is in great danger of becoming one-sided, and also of...
Sunday, September 23, 2012
News of Esperanza Aguirre's resignation reached political circles in London minutes after he announcement, and was greeted with much the same shock and bewilderment as experienced in Spain, following a truly bizarre day in Iberian politics.At the...
Sunday, September 16, 2012
As is well known, there has been a steady decline in party membership and activism in Britain over the years.  But the country is far from being unique in this respect.  In a paper published last year Ingrid Van Biezen from the University...
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I’m sure like most Conservatives I watched last week’s BBC 2 Wonderland documentary, “Young, Bright and on the Right”, with great disappointment.It was ill advised both in terms of the participation of the young people involved at a time in their...
Monday, August 6, 2012
A catalogue of events in the early 21st century have ensured that national security is, and will remain, at the top of the political and news agenda. The Coalition Government rightly therefore made reform to COBRA and the National Security Executive...
Monday, July 30, 2012
Comparing London 2012's opening ceremony with that of Beijing 2008 offers insights into the contrasting direction and outlook of China and the UK. It's not comfortable viewing for all of us Was it ever possible for London to match the magnificence...
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Against the backdrop of concerns over Olympics security, a major report launched today, published by the Bow Group and produced by Dr. James D. Boys, the Bow Group's Research Fellow for Transatlantic Affairs and a Visiting Senior Research...
Monday, July 23, 2012
I expect few, even in political circles, are thinking about the proposals to reform Section 3 of the Representation of the People Act.It has barely featured at all in the media or in Westminster discourse; this only serves to underline how far...
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The House of Lords has often been subject to considerable criticism on a number of different grounds, and the sheer amount written on the subject of House of Lords reform illustrates that our upper house sits uneasily in our constitutional framework...

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