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This paper argues that the UK should state its intention to adopt the Right to Protect as its sole grounds for international intervention, in accordance with the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty's report, The Responsibility to Protect by G. Evans & M. Sahnoun. This was discussed at a meeting with the counsel of George Grant, Director for Global Security & Terrorism at the Henry Jackson Society. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Responsibility-to-Protect-George-Bangham.pdf" save="1"]...

This proposal sets out to address the inequalities of the unfinished project of devolution in Britain. It advocates the creation of a devolved English Parliament, modelled on the Scottish Parliament. The paper was discussed with the counsel of Prof Andrew Gamble, Head of POLIS, Cambridge. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/A-Devolved-English-Parliament-Justin-Kempley.pdf" save="1"]...

The UK should recognise a right to Internet access which reflects public opinion within the country and beyond. This will put the UK in a strong position in any future discussion on a European-wide or even international Convention on the recognition of such right, which seems inevitable. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/INTERNET-ACCESS-AS-A-FUNDAMENTAL-RIGHT.pdf" save="1"]...

A paper assessing the potential costs and benefits of lowering corporation tax in Northern Ireland. We conclude that while potential benefits of a reduction in corporation tax may be high in the very long term, the costs are very likely to be high in the short term and may well remain so in the future. Potential benefits are far too uncertain for Northern Ireland to risk a significant corporation tax rate reduction; and a small reduction may be ineffectual in attracting significant amounts of new business. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/TWS_Corporation_Tax_NI.pdf" save="1"]...

An assessment of mechanisms to repay graduate debt, with four proposals to improve the system: median earnings to be the income threshold at which repayments are made, CPI + 3% to be the interest rate paid on graduate debt (with rate relief for low earners), early repayment to be permitted with no penalty, and the progressive aspects of the system to be publicised clearly and aggressively. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/STUDENT-FINANCE-REPAYMENT-OF-GRADUATE-DEBT.pdf" save="1"]...

A call for a radical alteration of the legal penalties for alcohol and drug related crime, in addition to prison sentences for serious crimes and replacing prison sentences for non-serious crimes; the report proposes compulsory placement of offenders on a programme which tests daily for excessive drug and alcohol levels and imposes an immediate 24 hour prison sentence if offenders fail the test. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/PENAL-REFORM-FOR-ALCOHOL-AND-DRUG-RELATED-CRIME.pdf" save="1"]...

An analysis of the popular proposal for a “Robin Hood Tax” on financial transactions, focusing on its international applicability and the additional cost it would impose upon transactions; and a rejection in favour of a “Tobin tax” focused only on foreign exchange transactions. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/The-Robin-Hood-tax-A-rejection-Ben-Daniels.pdf" save="1"]...

A presentation of the case for the adoption of a UK written constitution, after society-wide consultation, to entrench fundamental human rights and to clarify constitutional arrangement regarding the roles of different branches of government and parliament, and to vest the power to interpret the constitution in the judiciary. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/A-WRITTEN-CONSTITUTION-FOR-THE-UNITED-KINGDOM.pdf" save="1"]...

In order to remove excess volatility in the housing market, this report proposes to replace stamp duty with a capital gains tax on all houses, with the tax rate dependent on the growth rate of house prices in the region. Its revenue would be hypothecated to house-building schemes in order to lower house prices in general. [gview file="http://thewilberforcesociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/STABILISING-HOUSE-PRICES.pdf" save="1"]...