Category Archives: Think Tanks

IEA may end up gagging on its own sock puppet

  Charities are to be banned from using “tax payers’ money” to influence Parliament, Government or Political Parties, the so called “sock puppet” issue. The Government has decided to introduce this change in legislation, as a result of a campaign … Continue reading

Posted in Charities campaigning, Institute of Economic Affairs, libertarians, neoliberalism, sock puppet, Think Tanks, Tory Party, Uncategorized, voluntary sector | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

UKIP – the new Monday Club?

Bastions of Power: The Institute of Directors           The problem with the internet is that it is easy to make connections between people, events and organisations: you could call it a conspiracy theory generator. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Charities campaigning, corporate lobbying, deregulation, neoliberalism, the far right, Think Tanks, Tory Party, UKIP, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Red-Tape fire-starter Francis Maude helped made UKIP chair Steve Crowther a millionaire

As I wrote previously, I thought that Steve Crowther, UKIP’s machiavellian chairman, had made a fortune in the world of Ad agencies and marketing. He co-founded a company called April Six in 2000 and then sold it to The Mission … Continue reading

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Will “The Usual Suspects” fund Owen Paterson’s new Dummy Tank UK/2020?

      a dummy tank Two and a half years ago I wrote about the Art of Deception, and Operation Fortitude, where inflatable tanks were used to fool the Germans into thinking that D-Day would be an invasion of … Continue reading

Posted in anti-environmental rhetoric, Astroturfing, corporate lobbying, deregulation, Neoconoids, neoliberalism, Owen Paterson, Think Tanks, UKIP | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

55 Tory MPs believe human-induced climate change is “environmentalist propaganda”

what’s happening to global temperatures? Sometimes you read a news article and you think “that can’t be right” and it is. Yesterday was a case in point. We now know  that CO2 levels have increased at their fastest rate for … Continue reading

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Stick to the Knitting

“I think the Knitters have left you a message Minister” It’s just as well there is less than a year left in this Parliament – and so very little if any time for new legislation or policy development. This is … Continue reading

Posted in Charities campaigning, Charities Commission, neoliberalism, Think Tanks, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Inside the murky world where climate denial, social media and industry propaganda converge

After an unedifying and ultimately pointless dialogue with Richard AE North on the Conservative Home website, relating to the badger cull yesterday (see yesterday’s post), I was drawn to his blog to see what he was fulminating about there. I … Continue reading

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Revealed: who pays for the corporate lobbyist Think Tanks?

A little while ago (back in August) I asked readers of this blog to write to Chloe Smith MP, who at the time was guiding the Lobbying Bill through the House of Commons. This Bill was going to curtail all … Continue reading

Posted in Andrew Sells, Astroturfing, Charities campaigning, Charities Commission, corporate lobbying, George Monbiot, Policy Exchange, Think Tanks | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Seeing the wood for the Trees

  Natural England chair designate Andrew Sell’s wood I’ve written a fair bit over the past 3 years about Think Tanks. Are they a force for good? Most Think Tanks are on the right of the political spectrum – in … Continue reading

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