UK Policy

Rio Was A Roaring Success But What Next For The UK's Eleven Million Disabled People?

Stephen Duckworth | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Sport
Stephen Duckworth

While not criticising achievements of ParalympicsGB, might the 11 million people living with disabilities in the UK have been better served by the money invested in the Paralympic GB squad, and what kind of post-Olympic legacy are we to expect from this investment?

Can Bodycams Completely Prevent Unjustified Police Killings?

Paul McNeil | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Paul McNeil

If the public is paying the police to protect them, and also paying for such technological tools to help police enhance their safety and security, they should enjoy the right to have access to all the necessary information at such critical times of decision making.

May's Good Government

Adrian Brown | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Politics
Adrian Brown

Theresa May's speech at the Tory Party Conference espousing "the good that government can do" has been interpreted as a political land-grab reposition...

The Conservative Party's In A Right State

James Hargrave | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

If the language of this year's Conference was anything to go by, it's not just the UK's people who have "taken back control", it looks like the government plans to do the same. Energy, health, housing, the Conservative Party has plans for all. Time will obviously tell how hands-on they will be, but expect the changes to be incremental. As Jesse Norman MP, one of the new BEIS Ministers, said to one crowd, "there will be no great reveal."

'Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History' - Hillary, Unconventionally Strong And Historic Legacy

Duncan Kenyon | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Politics
Duncan Kenyon

Martin Luther King. Harvey Milk. Susan B. Anthony What do all of these people have in common? They were all unconventional, viewed as 'problems' and 'troublemakers' in contemporary society. They all faced large, increasing opposition. However, all of them made a difference. Just like the latter Hillary Clinton has already made a difference to the lives of millions...

Bye Bye Boozy Britain As No Alcohol Bars Show Drinking May Finally Be Going Out of Fashion

Lauren Booth | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Lauren Booth

In Britain we have reached the stage in our relationship with booze best summed up as can't live with it and unable to live without it. As Theresa Ma...

The NHS For The Amazon Age

James Hargrave | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Tech
James Hargrave

When talking about the health service, it is often more prudent to use the language of theology rather than policy. Phrases such as "hands off our NHS" and "the NHS saved my life" are common place and demonstrate the reverence the British people have for it, and the personal ownership many of us feel we have over it. Nigel Lawson's adage that it is the closest thing we have to a national religion still rings true.

Is The Closure Of Fabric Another Nail In The Coffin For London's Creative Community?

Tom Roberts | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Tom Roberts

If we, the policymakers and the creative industry alike, don't take action I am worried the closure of Fabric will be just another nail in the coffin for London's creative people and the industry they inhabit.

The Future Of Education: There Are Two Things That Really Work

Lord Knight | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK
Lord Knight

We should focus on those two really hard jobs: how can we recruit and train, and keep training the profession? And how can we raise the ambitions of children for themselves?

From Priti to Penny - Inheritance Issues and Insurance Policies

Kirsty McHugh | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Kirsty McHugh

The new DWP Ministerial team has arrived as storm clouds gather. Stephen is spending more time with his family; whilst Priti is promoted. In their place we have a surfeit of Damians and a Penny, all settling down to bulging in-trays.

An Open Letter to Our Government: Early Years Needs Your Help

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Today nurseries are part of the infrastructure of a modern society. We merit the support of a government and politicians who, instead of spending time on their ideological battleground, should be supporting those people trying to run businesses which enable ordinary working families to work.

DWP Is a Tough Brief But One That Encompasses the Biggest Tests of Theresa May's Bold Commitments

Clare McNeil | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK Politics
Clare McNeil

Dear Secretary of State for Work and Pensions... You will be at the helm of the Department for Work and Pensions in circumstances few would have predicted a few weeks ago: a worsening labour market and the prospect of a recession. Adjusting your department to this new reality should be your top priority.

Policymakers Must Rethink Their Approaches to Tacking Stroke

Martin Koehring | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Martin Koehring

In order to meet global stroke-reduction targets, policymakers must rethink their approaches. One of the key areas identified in a recent EIU report o...

A Call to Arms (Or Pens) Against Anti-Intellectualism

Amitava Banerjee | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Amitava Banerjee

"The pen is mightier than the sword" and "knowledge is power" are maxims that have inspired academics for generations to write journal papers, gain grant funding and give lectures. Unfortunately, neither politicians, media nor our population are inside our echo chamber.

This Is Not OK

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

On hearing the Brexit result, my grandad texted me saying "Hopefully we'll find a way to fix things and make this OK". Like me he was shocked, disappointed and hurt that this was the choice made by such a significant proportion of Brits.

Whatever Happened to co-production?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Do you remember the Big Society, the ambition where the state would be rolled back and every effort would be made to engage people, neighbourhoods and organisations in a way that would build social capital? The means of doing this would be co-production. But where has this intention gone?

An Open Letter to the Chief of Ofsted and the Education Secretary

Ella Marshall | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Marshall

Mr Wilshaw and Mrs Morgan, I sincerely hope that you do not rest easy at night when the servants of your system lie awake toiling and panicking over what extra workload tomorrow may bring...

Consensus Launch: Developing the Ideas That Unite Us

Stefanie Lehmann | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Stefanie Lehmann

Our speakers, Jon Cruddas MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Councillor Sam Tarry, and Stephen Kinnock MP, didn't shy away from identifying some of the challenges we will face in trying to develop consensus on key issues.

Nothing to Learn From the Culture White Paper

Nigel Carrington | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Politics
Nigel Carrington

What does this mean? In the current climate, any government commitment to culture is an achievement. But the narrowness of that commitment is a strategy in itself. Withdrawal of government support for cultural education from primary, secondary and tertiary state education has consequences.

Redundancies Make Headlines - Missed Opportunities Should Too

Ben Hughes | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Ben Hughes

Whenever a well-known business announces redundancies of hundreds of jobs it makes the headlines. We all understand the horrifying impact these kinds of decisions have on people and communities. So imagine where the UK's recovery would be without the 100,000 jobs that exist thanks to responsible finance lenders over the past 10 years.

Time for a Level Playing Field on Post-16 Education Options

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Dr Julie Mills

Hearing the news recently that the Government plans to bring in legislation around the provision of careers advice to students surrounding their post-...

An Open Letter to Nicky Morgan MP

Joeli Brearley | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Parents
Joeli Brearley

Firstly, I do not believe that all employers behave like this out of malice, but out of ignorance. They panic, believing pregnancy could have a detrimental impact on their stability. Many are unaware of what the laws are.

Why the Greek Ultimatum Is Ultimately Idiotic

Maudie Fraser | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

The EU is about unity, alliance and mutual support, and I am a backer of it in that capacity, but this dog-eat-dog backstabbing is corroding its very foundations and questioning the validity of the very high regard in which the rest of the world holds us.

Road Code Violations is Britain's Rising Problem

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mohadesa Najumi

Speeding, or as many know it, the tax you pay for having trying to get somewhere too fast or for trying to impress a hot girl on your date. Britain h...

World Food Security - It's Time to Stop Ignoring the 'Beasts of Burden'

Petra Ingram | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Petra Ingram

Food security is a major global issue. There are many facets of this complex issue, but there is a critical one that continues to be overlooked. This blind spot amounts to ignoring one of the most useful aides to people in the developing world, and the loss of a huge opportunity for international development. It is the contribution of working horses, donkeys and mules.