Last night Prospect held the 10th annual Think Tank of the Year Awards at the British Academy in London. Bringing together the nation’s finest political brains in an evening of convivial wonkery, the event has been aptly described by Radio 4 as “the Oscars of the think tank world.” Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for culture, Olympics, media and sport, was this year’s guest of honour.
Prospect received a record number of entries this year, and the judges’ deliberations went right down to the wire. But eventually a winner emerged: the Institute for Government.
Policy Exchange, meanwhile, claimed the prize for the best think tank publication of the year, which went to “Making Housing Affordable,” by Alex Morton. The European Council on Foreign Relations won the award for the best Britain-based think tank of the year dealing with non-British affairs, and “Red Tory” Phillip Blond’s new outfit, ResPublica, was the “One to Watch.”
Speaking at the ceremony last night, Jeremy Hunt praised the strong showing by centre-right think tanks this year,…