Modest Proposals ebooks

mp icon croppedI was the managing editor of the public policy blog Modest Proposals from 2012-2013.  Here you can find the best of Modest Proposals’ content, featuring new policy ideas and analysis from politicians, researchers and bloggers, collected in ebook form.



This edition featured several articles on health, including Lyn Whitfield on predictive risk and Julia Manning on hospital inspections. There were also calls for public ownership to be reintroduced as a policy option, from Samantha Watson and Peter Kenway. Download the ebook in EPUB or MOBI format.


This edition featured several articles about enhancing consumer rights and protection, including Thomas Docherty MP on train fares, ResPublica’s Monika Kruesmann on a new approach to banking and, in the wake of a wave of high street closures, Michael McCann MP on gift vouchers. Download the ebook in EPUB or MOBI format.


Taxation was the main theme of this edition. Richard Murphy proposed the introduction of a general anti-tax avoidance principle in law, while Richard Wellings of the IEA argued for a cut in fuel duty and Tom Clarke considered whether we need a ceiling on public debt.  Download the ebook in EPUB or MOBI format.


Public safety was the key concern in this edition. Two MP suggested ways of ensuring public safety: Ian Lucas on banning glass in problem pubs, and Grahame Morris on widening access to defibrillators. IPPR director Nick Pearce also wrote on provision of foreign languages in primary schools. Download the ebook in EPUB or MOBI format.