Time for a public inquiry into Alan Turing’s death

At the time of Alan Turing’s death, Britain was gripped by a McCarthyite-style anti-homosexual witch-hunt. A thorough, comprehensive inquiry is needed in order to establish for certain what role, if any, the security services played in the run-up to his death, writes Peter Tatchell. 

The time has come for a long overdue public inquiry into the death of the scientist Alan […]

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    Discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff within the NHS is widespread, deep-rooted, systemic and largely unchanging

Discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff within the NHS is widespread, deep-rooted, systemic and largely unchanging

Research by Roger Kline finds that black and minority ethnic (BME) staff are grossly under-represented at senior levels of the NHS and their presence has declined despite the increasing number of BME nurses and doctors. Urgent discussion and action is needed to prevent further damage to staff well being and to patient care.

The NHS is England’s largest employer of Black […]

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    The concept of ethnicity has not much science about it and is no less imposed than other social categories

The concept of ethnicity has not much science about it and is no less imposed than other social categories

Most reviews of research about ethnicity claim it is a concept more scientific than race, and less imposed by those with power. Ludi Simpson reviews recent research about the reliability of ethnicity data drawn from the decennial UK census and reflects on their purpose. Although stable and reliable data is needed to help implement policies of equality and appropriate services, […]

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    There are plenty of things the Chancellor could be doing to halt the growth of inequality and help some of the 13 million people living in poverty in the UK today

There are plenty of things the Chancellor could be doing to halt the growth of inequality and help some of the 13 million people living in poverty in the UK today

In his Budget, George Osborne claimed inequality is at its lowest level in 28 years. Yet recent research by Oxfam highlights this statement hides a more nuanced and worrying picture. Rachael Orr argues that if the Chancellor is serious about halting the growth of inequality he needs to start listening to some of the 13 million people living in […]

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    Low voter turnout is clearly a problem, but a much greater worry is the growing inequality of that turnout

Low voter turnout is clearly a problem, but a much greater worry is the growing inequality of that turnout

The UK is very much a ‘divided democracy’, with electoral participation among the young and the poor declining dramatically. This political estrangement will not be curtailed by quick fixes or technological solutions. We should be looking to adopt a fundamentally deeper, richer and more creative approach to democratic engagement. In particular, we need a long-term plan for fostering political […]

The re-glazed glass ceiling: After a decade of concerted progress the lack of diversity in Whitehall is again in the headlines

Only two years ago people were talking of a ‘smashed glass ceiling’ in relation to women’s representation in Whitehall. But female representation has stalled since 2010 as a result of austerity and the failure to prioritise the diversity agenda in recruitment. Daniel Fitzpatrick, Claire Annesley, Francesca Gains and Dave Richards argue that if gender equality in the Senior Civil Service […]

Money makes people right-wing and inegalitarian

Rich people typically lean right politically. Are they motivated by deeply moral views or self-interest? Andrew J Oswald and Nick Powdthavee argue that money makes you right-wing. It shows that lottery winners in the UK are more likely to switch their allegiance from left to right. Why are you right-wing, left-wing, or in the middle? You probably believe that you made […]

By altering workplace power relationships and employers’ incentives, minimum wage laws help ensure social equality

Egalitarian liberals have long been sceptical about a minimum wage, arguing that taxation and transfer programs are better at ensuring distributive justice. But even if we accept the claim that the minimum wage increases unemployment, there are grounds for the minimum wage on the basis of justice. Brishen Rogers argues that it helps reduce work-based class and status divisions. Labour markets and the […]

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