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WHY THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON TROUBLES-RELATED INCIDENTS IS RIGHT
Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, was justified in announcing a “statute of limitations, to apply equally to all Troubles-related incidents,” writes Jeff Dudgeon, the Northern Irish politician, historian, and activist, in a new blog post for Policy Exchange. 
 
The consensus around the 2014 Stormont House Agreement, he argues, “was vastly overstated – and the investigations lopsided in a way that undermined it from the start. Victims’ groups were by no means united in support for it, as anyone who went out and spoke to them can attest.” He says Simon Coveney, the Irish Foreign Minister, was misguided to intervene in a debate about who the UK is prosecuting and also notes the support, albeit reluctant, for the Government’s announcement from Rt Hon Lord Tebbit, who was nearly killed in the Brighton bombing by the IRA in 1984.

GERARD LYONS: THE UK GOVERNMENT AND INTERVENTION
"There is always a role for the public sector to play in any economy... It does not justify increased higher government spending and taxes as in fact the opposite is called for," according to Dr Gerard Lyons, Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and former Chief Economic Adviser to Boris Johnson during the Prime Minister’s London Mayoralty. 

In a new blog for Policy Exchange, he explores the importance of intervention, in light of the decision to provide a government subsidy to Nissan. Read his analysis for Policy Exchange here.

KEYNOTE SPEECH BY RT HON ROBERT BUCKLAND QC MP
Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, will be delivering a keynote speech at Policy Exchange next week on 'Banishing the Ghosts of Judicial Review Past'. 

Register for the zoom event at 15.00 on Wednesday 21st July here, or watch it live streamed on YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook.

POLICY EXCHANGE’S RESEARCH ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM CITED IN PARLIAMENT
Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education, highlighted that "Recent research by Policy Exchange revealed that 32% of those who identified as fairly right or right have refrained from airing views in teaching and research, with 15% of those identifying as centre or left also self-censoring," in a debate in Parliament this week on the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill.

Read the Policy Exchange report, Academic freedom in the UK, whose proposals have been adopted by the Government in this Bill, and a transcript of the debate in the House of Commons in Hansard.

GOVERNMENT CONSULTS ON POLICY EXCHANGE RECOMMENDATION FOR A ‘ZERO EMISSION VEHICLE (ZEV) MANDATE’
In line with recommendations from a Policy Exchange report last year, the Government has launched a consultation on introducing a California-style ‘ZEV mandate’ to deliver the phase-out of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, as part of the Transport Decarbonisation Plan. A ZEV mandate requires car manufacturers to sell an increasing proportion of electric and other zero-emission vehicles each year, or to buy credits from those that do.
 
Read Policy Exchange's report, Route ’35,  recommending a ZEV mandate as a cost-effective policy to deliver the petrol and diesel phase-out and the Government’s Green Paper here.

BUILDING BEAUTIFUL PLACES
Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, will be speaking at Policy Exchange next week on 'Building Beautiful Places'. He will be joined by Nicholas Boys Smith, Chair of Transition Board, Office for Place and Director, Create Streets; and Joanna Averley, Chief Planner, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The event will be chaired by Dean Godson, Director of Policy Exchange, who will conclude with a Q&A. 

Register for the zoom event at 13.30 on Tuesday 20th July here, or watch it live streamed on YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook

PREJUDGING THE TRANSGENDER CONTROVERSY?
We are relying more and more on the courts to settle questions related to transgenderism but guidance produced by the Judicial College, which judges use to inform their understanding of this concept, is partisan and didactic, according to a new Policy Exchange report.

Thomas Chacko, a barrister of the Inner Temple, highlights in the report some of the startling legal assertions being put forward by the Judicial College and demonstrates how these were incorrectly relied on in the Maya Forstater case.  

Read the report, which includes a Foreword by Charles Wide QC, former Senior Circuit Judge at the Old Bailey, here.

DAVID GOODHART ON IDENTITY AND NON-GRADUATES
In an op-ed for The Telegraph on English identity, football, and politics, David Goodhart, Head of Demography, Immigration & Integration at Policy Exchange, concluded, "I do hope that elite England, and especially its progressive wing, will eventually follow ethnic minority England's lead and realise that it is now safe to come out unapologetically as English." 

Also this week, Goodhart reflected on why shifting voter patterns and the pandemic means that non-graduates are starting to matter again, in an interview with Spiked editor Brendan O'Neill. Read an edited extract of their conversation on the end of the graduate takeover.

STEPHEN BOOTH: FIVE YEARS OF THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE DEPARTMENT
"Ensuring that more areas of the UK become attractive to foreign investors and are able to support greater numbers of exporting business and industries" will determine the success of the International Trade Department, notes Stephen Booth, Head of the Britain in the World Project at Policy Exchange, in reflecting on the Department's fifth anniversary.

Read Stephen Booth's assessment of the UK's trade policy in his column for ConservativeHome.

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