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Sheila Lawlor

Director of the think tank Politeia www.politeia.co.uk

Sheila Lawlor is director of the think tank Politeia. After a career as an academic historian which brought her research fellowships at Sidney Sussex and Churchill Colleges, Cambridge, she joined the Centre for Policy Studies as its Deputy Director. She went on to found Politeia, which is a forum for social and economic thinking drawn from all shades of the political spectrum. She directs the economic programme and writes on education, benefits and healthcare policy. She contributes to the discussion of all areas of policy in radio, television and print media, and appears regularly on the Jeremy Vine Show.

Missed Opportunity In A Brexit Budget

Hammond has brought much cheer to the country and may be forgiven one mistake, though it may need to be reviewed. In the longer term, he must steel himself against the demonic determination of the Treasury to take the easier choice of raising tax, instead of continuing to cut levels of public spending.
10/03/2017 11:35 GMT

Freedom, Not Fantasy

British people have shown that they use that power wisely to bring change, stability and prosperity at home. They have also empowered their governments to use it to promote co-operation and security abroad. These things are the fruits of freedom, of the parliamentary sovereignty which has allowed the people of Britain to decide how, and by whom, their country is ruled.
22/06/2016 11:17 BST

Cameron's Tactical Conservatism

The Queen's speech has now set out the list of bills planned for the coming year. In many ways it is as much the symbol of victory for the Conservatives over the Liberal Democrats after five years of Coalition as over Labour. It may seem odd therefore, that success has been crowned with a number of measures, announced or anticipated, which in Coalition days would have been 'blamed' on the Lib Dems.
01/06/2015 11:17 BST

Britain's National Sickness

Politicians in Britain continue to pledge ever greater tax funding, despite the evidence that systems funded by tax perform less well than those based on personal contribution.
06/04/2015 00:57 BST

Gove: The Elite's Opponent But the People's Servant

Michael Gove was amongst the longest serving education secretaries in Britain since World War II. Committed personally as well as professionally to the intellectual values that Britain has historically championed, Gove knew what he wanted to do.
28/07/2014 12:36 BST

Fools' Paradise or Nation State?

The European election campaign is now underway as EU member states prepare to go to the polls late in May to chose 751 MEPs for the European Parliament in Brussels. These MEPs do not sit in national blocs, but in political groupings.
29/04/2014 21:03 BST

If Welfare Is to Work, Morality Matters

This week the battle over the morality of benefit reform took a new twist. Labour's leader, Ed Miliband, was warned by one of his MPs that Labour should be far tougher on benefits reform.
27/02/2014 10:43 GMT

Battling for Benefit

As voters grit their teeth and reluctantly recognise that Britain's unsustainable deficit and public spending must be cut, there is no desire to open a new spending front to facilitate a new internationalism. Our own politicians, whatever their party, have begun to understand what Mr Andor and his colleagues refuse to do: he should therefore expect the same fate as his alma mater and the system that sustained it.
02/12/2013 12:10 GMT

Politicians v People: Who Is Now Out of Touch on 'Europe'?

Across the country people have woken up to the threat to our very economic survival by the EU legislation, whether the heavy handed regulation of specific industries, the utopian employment laws - which push EU unit costs of production up against those of other western and emerging economies - and immigration.
08/07/2013 11:33 BST

Benefit Caps - No Substitute for Contributions

Most people in the UK, quite rightly, want to help the destitute, the poor, the struggling. It is the mark of a decent, as well as comparatively rich, democracy. But it was never seen as possible or desirable for the taxpayer to take the place of the breadwinner for long-term jobless households
14/01/2013 11:40 GMT

Policing the Police

The Mitchell affair is without the tragic consequences that April 15, 1989 held for human life, but over twenty years on, it shows that the police are still not only placing themselves above the law, but also against it.
22/12/2012 14:23 GMT

Frontier Economics - Which Country Will Have the Edge?

Investors and business leaders - on whom the country's economic recovery depends, can no longer be certain of the UK's liberty and protection under the law. At the very time other crisis economies are cutting costs and increasing certainty, business in the UK will have to contend not just with statutory rules and the costs they impose on employers. They will also face the consequences of pressure-group politics, in which politicians abandon the labour market to the unpredictable operations of twilight law.
13/11/2012 12:33 GMT

Clegg's Road to Serfdom

Michael Gove's plans to end GCSEs in maths, English and the sciences in favour of a more rigorous 'O level' system are a casus belli with the diehards of the status quo: unions, educationists, officials and their political allies.
24/06/2012 17:19 BST