Centre for Policy Studies

(Website: Centre for Policy Studies)

“I do think we have accomplished the revival of the philosophy and principles of a free society, and the acceptance of it.”

Founded by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph, the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) promotes the giveaway of vital public services to the private sector.  Funded and peopled by some of the most iniquitous vagabonds in the corporate world, CPS relentlessly demands more and more control of basic necessary services to be handed to incompetent exploitative capitalist gangsters.  CPS wants any public service, anything that is needed, to be given away; the public are then fleeced by the recipients of this gift.  The word “free” in the declaration means the freedom of the few to exploit the many.

The CPS Board has several dodgy characters on it including one of the notorious Rothermere family and the editor of the far-right magazine The Spectator.

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Maurice Saatchi, Fraser Nelson, Niall Ferguson and Claudia Rothermere

Below are a few examples of what CPS promotes.

CPS Example: NHS
Maurice Saatchi wrote a paper in February 2017 to support his suggestion for a “royal commission” to examine the future of the NHS.  In Saatchi’s Royal Commission he pretended to present synopses of varied analyses of the future of the NHS; he concluded, conveniently, that a variety of seemingly incompatible viewpoints requires a thorough “independent” study.  But, Saatchi’s introductory summary (page 5) omitted any mention whatsoever of the Tories’ wilful underfunding and understaffing of the NHS.  Throughout the essay he erased completely the government’s strategy of deliberate neglect, a strategy created specifically to allow opponents of the NHS to claim that it is failing.  This rendered the entire essay an exercise of intentional misdirection.  Saatchi blandly described as “pessimists” the confidence tricksters who observe the destruction of the NHS and subsequently claim it is failing as a concept, and he said the “optimists” objected to “meddling politicians,” a ridiculously underplayed phrase for the annihilating Tories.

The obvious intent of Saatchi’s proposal for a royal commission was to obscure the reality of a relentless assault on the entire structure and functionality of the national health service by the Tories and to promote the knowingly false view that the NHS’s problems are independent of this assault.  Saatchi is as committed to the end of the NHS as are any of Jeremy Hunt’s paymasters in the USA.  A page on the CPS site that points to Saatchi’s essay emphasises the con: “As the country emerges from another winter NHS crisis – and with no agreement over the depth, the causes, or the possible solutions to that crisis” – CPS pointer to Saatchi essay.

CPS Example: Railways
In an essay that read like an extended soliloquy from Fast Show character Chris Jackson, Rail Competition by Tony Lodge, Daniel Mahoney and Tim Knox drowned in a torrent of hilarious anti-facts and statements of the exact opposite of what is true.

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The de-nationalisation of the railways was, as always is with the Tories, just a con to divert tax-payers’ money into the hands of invented offshore scam businesses with a consequential rapid decline in quality, quantity and safety of rail services.  However, in CPS opposite-world, “UK rail passengers are suffering from militant Trade Union action” and “a deeper underlying problem is the near absence of “open access” on track competition, where two operators run services in competition over similar routes.”  As the authors are aware, most of the recent strikes by rail unions were directly related to accurate concern about the safety of passengers and staff in the face of recklessness by train “operators.”  Different “operators” on similar routes does not reduce ticket prices and nor does it improve quality; what is required for any PUBLIC service is the opposite of two gangs trying to outdo each other in corner-cutting and exploitation.  “Government should publicly support competition on UK rail and show its commitment by easing the path for those seeking to deliver competition against franchise holders” declared the authors but, of course, they didn’t mean “competition” with, for example, the useless Southern Rail, they meant “competition” against the remaining publicly owned franchises.  The authors object to public transport as a service for the public; they see only opportunities for invented companies to rake in some tax payers’ money while safety, quality and workers’ rights are all set aside.

CPS Example: Tax-dodging
Peak CPS was attained by Rachel Kelly in Don’t Stop The Tax-Dodging.  Earlier this year (April 2017) the Tory government pretended to start to tackle multi billion pound tax-dodging by implementing proposals of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  These proposals were mainly applicable to the property development industry and its associated borrowing.  Of course, neither the OECD nor the Tory government has any interest in eradicating a feature (tax avoidance) of large corporations’ strategies in Britain and elsewhere.  But, even the merest whiff of a scent that two centuries of extreme wealth terrorism could be restrained a little was sufficiently alarming to send the culprits and their PR teams, like CPS, into action. 

The tax-dodging industry succeeds by networks and layers of fake companies (shell companies), the acquisition of fake debt to fraudulently offset against profits and the misregistering of businesses in (mainly British) tax havens.  The difficulty for the aforesaid PR con artists like Kelly is how to defend the indefensible.  How can continuous theft from the majority by a small minority be justified using only logic, reasoned argument and deductive analysis?  The answer is to use gobbledygook and sleight of hand verbosity.

In her article, written prior to the introduction of the OECD proposals, Kelly stated that

these restrictions [OECD proposals] will inadvertently impose significant burdens on those industry sectors which have high borrowing ratio, particularly real estate and infrastructure investment.”  

High borrowing ratio?”  It’s odd how businesses with huge profits also have huge debts; the taxable income is conveniently reduced to near zero by balancing profits against such “debts.”  

These changes [OECD proposals] would represent a huge shift in traditional tax principles in the UK. Until now, it was widely accepted that the genuine expenses of a businesses should be deductible for tax purposes. This allows a business to forecast approximately how much tax it will pay on its activities,” explained Kelly.

Traditional tax principles” and “genuine expenses” are a pair of meaningless distraction-phrases, and businesses can forecast how much tax they will pay because the rate of corporation tax on profits is a known (too low) figure.  

Implementing these restrictions would risk serious damage to UK competitiveness and investment at a delicate time for the economy. It would also have a disproportionate effect on riskier development.”  

Restrictions?”  Restrictions on exploitation and theft?  “UK competitiveness?”  What exactly is meant by “UK” here? – the businesses that Kelly is paid to cheer for have no interest in the British people’s livelihoods and welfare.  For the exploiters, the excuse of a “delicate” economy is always used.  Any necessary development (particularly property development) should never need to be described as “risky.”   

The new rules will add considerable uncertainty for businesses.”

A facet of private business is uncertainty.  (To avoid this uncertainty, choose communism.)  Kelly’s plaintive cry echoed the wail of the reckless chancers and gamblers who, if they win, pocket the tax-free profits and, if they lose, send the bill to the taxpayer.  

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