James Worron is an associate director at Instinctif Partners, a former director of client services at Portcullis Public Affairs and former lobbyist at Open Road. According to the brief biographical detail on the Open road website he has 'previously worked as a Press Officer at HM Treasury, Oxford University and on public services reform at the CBI.'
Worron stood as a Conservative Party representative in the Greenwich council elections in 2006 in the Peninsula ward ward, securing last place in a field of ten with 532 votes (behind the Greens, the Lib Dems and two other Tory candidates).
Worron occasionally participates in blog discussions and seems to focus his contributions on the need for a small state and a free market.
On the conservative Home blog 'CentreRight' in April 2008 he argued that a Centre for Policy Studies report on the alleged non link between lower taxes and worse public services was not convincing:
- Sadly on closer reading this report is not very convincing. It does not really compare like with like. The "slimmer governments" is cites are often less well-developed countries (e.g. the Baltic states) with higher growth potential or countries still experiencing substantial population growth i.e. Australia and Canada.
- The report actually provides no figures on GDP growth per head in the respective countries. Presumably because this would weaken the case the authors were trying to make. Regrettably this research does not win the argument for small government.
In January 2009 Worron commented on the blog Liberal conspiracy in response to a post by Sunder Katwala:
- You know, in the early 80s some of the more intelligent critics of monetarism pointed out that the real problem was not that the money supply was growing too quiclky but the supply of goods and services was growing too slowly. This of course misunderstood that the government’s policy was to stimulate growth through microeconomics, not macroeconomics, in particular through privatisation and de-regulation.
- Fundamentally this remains the real issue, we need to produce more, which must largely be done through innovation and improved efficiency.This is the real way to save and ultimately develop the economy. Macroeconomic stimulation may well be necessary and beneficial, but it is missing the point - it is talking about the oil in the car not the fuel.
- We should also be wary of macroeconomic stimuli which boost government spending - which involves moving resources into less productive sectors, or which encourage capital to leave the country - as we are seeing with the weak pound.
- 2002 (July) listed as Press Officer Office of Government Commerce
- 2002 (August) listed as Press Officer for Partnerships UK
- 2006 Listed as 'senior policy adviser at the CBI's public services group'.
- 2006 (May)Conservative Party, ex council candidate.
- May-November 2007, Press Officer at Oxford University.
- October 2007 contributor to Blueprint, magazine for staff at Oxford University.
- 1 December 2007 (possibly earlier) to present Open Road.
Publications, Contact, Resources and Notes
- Golden Cross House
- 8 Duncannon Street
- WC2N 4JF
- Tel+44 (0)20 7484 5014; Fax+44 (0)20 7484 5100
- David Singleton Ineos blow for Portcullis Public Affairs News, 23 July 2014, 16 October 2014
- Open Road Our Team, accessed 4 February 2009
- Office of Government commerce Press Releases Quicker, and Better PPP Projects Heralded by Paul Boateng 31/07/2002, accessed 4 February 2009
- Greenwich Conservatives Council Elections 2006 Elections held 4th May 2006, accessed 4 February 2009
- Summarised at BBC news Online Low taxes 'boost public sector' Page last updated at 23:49 GMT, Sunday, 6 April 2008 00:49 UK
- Response to Jill Kirby 'Obesity in government', CentreRight, Posted by: James Worron | April 08, 2008 at 09:31
- Quantitative easing: the case for ‘printing money’ by Sunder Katwala, Liberal Conspiracy, January 8, 2009 at 12:08 am
- HM Treasury ADVISORY COUNCIL OF PARTNERSHIPS UK PUBLISHES ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2001 78/02, 07 August 2002.
- CBI to set up PFI lobby group for members Building, 2006 issue 15, By Mark Leftly
- http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/po/070502.shtml; http://www.btinternet.com/~akme/bodley11.html
- Oxford University Blueprint, October 2007
- APPC Register APPC Register Entry for 1 December 2007 to 29 February 2008, accessed 4 February 2009