Dr Prateek Buch

Researcher, public advocate of evidence, policy adviser

Prateek Buch is an experienced researcher, public advocate of evidence, and policy adviser. As policy associate at Sense about Science, Prateek researched and co-authored Missing Evidence: an inquiry into the delayed publication of government-commissioned research. The inquiry led to widespread national media coverage.

As Director of the Social Liberal Forum, which represents the progressive mainstream of the Liberal Democrats, he campaigned to amend the Tory NHS reforms and wrote the SLF's first policy pamphlet, "Plan C - social liberal approaches to a fair, sustainable economy." As an elected member of the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee, Prateek has shaped policy on health and social care, inequality and sustainable prosperity.

You can read some of his comment and opinion articles published in The Independent, New Statesman and Guardian, as well as political blogs on Liberal Democrat Voice and Left Foot Forward. Prateek has a PhD in molecular genetics and is crazy about family, sport and all things coffee.

Modi Betrays the Mahatma's Legacy

Executing a complicated general election alone doesn't justify India's claim to be the world's largest democracy - Modi's accession is the predictable result of the judicial and political failings that show how far India is yet to travel.
19/05/2014 12:55 BST

On the Benefits Cap - Evidence, Belief and 'What Works'

Iain Duncan Smith - who happens to be Secretary of State for Work and Pensions as well as my MP - thinks the benefit cap is working. More than that, he has "a belief" that it is working, according to an interview he gave on Radio 4's Today programme. That's OK then...
15/07/2013 15:32 BST

Boris on Bonuses: Like Swiss Cheese, Full of Holes

Coming days after RBS announced a £607m bonus pool to "reward" staff for losses of £5bn, Boris' defence of the banking industry is in itself deluded - and as far as the UK economy is concerned, self-defeating.
04/03/2013 11:07 GMT

Compare and Contrast - Obama and Osborne Sing Off Different Hymn Sheets

President Obama's State of the Union address was full of the soaring rhetoric and accomplished oratory that we've come to expect. Aside from delivering a moving testimony on the need for gun control, and re-affirming his green credentials, a key passage on macro-economic policy is worth considering
14/02/2013 10:24 GMT

Size Matters - in Which I Ask About the Role of the State

I find it hard to have a reasoned debate on the role of the state in our political economy - which is what the discussion about size ultimately stems from - on the basis of percentages, or comparisons of percentages between nations/eras.
17/10/2012 16:49 BST

Tory in Ruling-Out-Wealth-Tax Shocker

There is a clear need to tax the largely unearned and unequally distributed wealth locked up in property. Failing to do so at a time when living standards stagnate for those not fortunate enough to live in a house worth £2m is bad politics, bad economics and bad judgement.
08/10/2012 12:06 BST

Schrödinger's Tory - David Davis is Both Dead Right and Dangerously Wrong

Disquiet at the continued economic malaise has spread to Tory ranks; David Davis delivered a withering assessment of the Coalition's record on economic growth and employment, and proposed a series of reforms to address the failings he identified. Rather like the most famous feline in physics, Davis was utterly right in the former whilst being utterly misguided in the latter - a masterful feat indeed.
06/09/2012 10:57 BST