Article by Ed Vaizey the Sunday Times

Copyright 2002 Times Newspapers Limited


Sunday Times (London)


July 14, 2002, Sunday




HEADLINE: The new breed of policy wonk is a doer and a thinker




BYLINE: Ed Vaizey




BODY:






Think tanks are moving away from political parties to devise and even


deliver ideas for all, writes Ed Vaizey




Step outside your front door in the Westminster village and you run the risk


of being knocked flat by a passing think tank rushing to claim the


intellectual high ground. The past few months have seen a flurry of activity


in the world of the policy wonks, with both left and right giving birth to


new organisations dedicated to innovative thinking. The Tories have launched


Policy Exchange, while last week Labour set up Forethought to predict trends


over the next 20 years. As one Tory insider puts it: Policy is the new