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


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