Policy Exchange

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Policy Exchange is a neoconservative think tank formed in Apr.2002 by Michael Gove, Francis Maude and Nicholas BolesWikipedia-W.svg, inter alia,[3][4] as an independent, non-partisan educational charity. Policy Exchange works with academics and policy makers, seeking to apply localist, volunteer and free market solutions to public policy questions, and conducts research in the policy areas of health, education, energy and environment, crime and justice, welfare, housing policy, family policy and security.[5]

Policy Exchange was David Cameron's favourite think tank,[3], and is influential with Cameronite Tories.[6]

Judicial Power Project

The Judicial Power Project was launched to support Policy Exchange's advocacy of small government, arguing that judicial overreach increasingly threatens the rule of law and effective, democratic government. The project argues that Parliament's decisions should neither be questioned nor interfered with by the Courts, which should "respect political judgment and discretion".[7]

The Project maintains that judges must respect Parliament's supremacy in every area, and supports the Conservative govt's intentions of (a) giving politicians greater influence over the appointment of senior judges, and (b) removing some of the government's decisions outside of judicial review. The Project's arguments have been subjected to heavy criticism for its misleading, subjective and contestable arguments.[8] It would brush away the Courts' ability to prevent the Executive from abusing its powers by prohibiting unlawful state actions, and upholding the rights of the Citizen against the Executive.[9]

Fake News

Disseminators of Fake News? Policy Exchange published a report that claimed to be “the most comprehensive academic survey of such literature ever produced in this country”, which attracted wide media coverage, according to Powerbase.

The report was later found to be based in part on “fabricated evidence”, and Policy Exchange eventually retracted some of its claims and removed it from its website. However, the damage had been done by then, as several newspapers had already churned Policy Exchange’s faux evidence into fake news. The Times later acknowledged that its coverage had been inaccurate, and publicly apologised for the “distress” its fake news had caused. It is unclear who funded the original Policy Exchange report. link, link, link, link, link, link "Fake News: Distortion of Democracy by Opaque, Deceptive and Fake ‘Think Tanks’"] - read this report, more on think tanks promoting fake news; dark money, etc.
See also Transparify, p.11


He who pays the piper, calls the tune - but Policy Exchange refuse to disclose their funders. That refusal begs the question of whether their opinions should be given any attention whatsoever.


  • Dean Godson Director
  • Andrew Lilico, chief economist (2009–2010).
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    Alex Morton, research fellow in Policy Exchange's Economics unit (Oct.2010); head of Housing, Planning & Urban Policy (2010-2013); Downing Street Policy Unit (Dec.2013-Mar.2016); consultant at Field Consulting (May.2016-??); Head of Policy at the Centre for Policy Studies (Mar.2018–).

[10], ref secretary to the Conservative Party’s Globalisation and Global Poverty Policy GroupArchive-org-sm.svg under Peter Lilley MP. Following this, he worked in the Civil Service Graduate Fast Stream at the Department of Health (??–2009). Morton's 2010 paper "Making Housing Affordable" recommended building more houses to reduce the rate at which rents and prices rise; renewing Right to Buy to help social tenants to own their own homes, while selling off expensive homes and building more new ones.[11]


  • Dec.19.2015: Policy Exchange. Policy Exchange is in a symbiotic duonistic partnership with almost all govt departments including ministers and senior civil servants. It exists simultaneously as an enormous vessel of all the known right-of-centre viewpoints on everything while being used, as is always the case with these right-wing con-tanks, as a pretend independent voice. DuckSoap.
  • Jun.17.2013: Future Prisons: A radical plan to reform the prison estate. The govt should shut more than 30 run-down and poorly-located prisons and replace them with 12 state of the art "Hub Prisons," containing up to 3,000 inmates. The new prisons would lead to huge costs savings, a reduction in reoffending rates and a better quality of life for prisoners and prison staff. Policy Exchange.
  • See also Future Prisons search results.


  1. ^ How Has Think Tank Transparency Evolved in 2018? Transparify, Jul.16.2018.
  2. ^ Transparency Comparison Table. Who Funds You?. Accessed Aug.2018.
  3. ^ a b Brains for hire: the thinktank. They're imaginative, influential … and unelected. Does the UK need so many thinktanks? Zoe Williams, The Guardian, Oct.27.2010. ref Original archived on Dec.15.2013.
  4. ^ Stop Prison Expansion. They're imaginative, influential … and unelected. Does the UK need so many thinktanks? Community Acton on Prison Expansion. Accessed Sept.24.2020.
  5. ^ Conservative Party Archive: Printed and Published Material: Think Tanks. Pamphlets, journals and newsletters, published by Conservative-leaning think tanks. Bodleian Archives & Manuscripts. Accessed Sept.24.2020.
  6. ^ List of thinktanks in the UK. The Guardian, Sept.30.2013.
  7. ^ About the Judicial Power Project. Policy Exchange. Accessed Sept.24.2020.
  8. ^ Why the Judicial Power Project is wrong about Anisminic. M Doyle, The UK Administrative Justice Institute, May.19.2016.
  9. ^ This government has plans that would destroy the protection of the law. We cannot let politicians have power over who becomes a judge, or put some issues beyond the reach of the courts. Charles Falconer, The Guardian, Feb.12.2020.
  10. ^ What is the government’s five-year vision for social housing? After the right to buy and cuts to rental income take effect, social housing will be a far smaller player in the housing market. Colin Wiles, The Guardian, Jul.22.2015.
  11. ^ Making Housing Affordable. A new vision for housing policy. Alex Morton, Policy Exchange, Aug.31.2010.