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    The Home Office report on drugs is emblematic of the global shift towards re-evaluating current drug policies

The Home Office report on drugs is emblematic of the global shift towards re-evaluating current drug policies

The Home Office has just released a report that finds no evidence that criminalising drug use has any effect on consumption rates. John Collins welcomes the report, writing that the evidence has been clear for a long time that criminalisation not only fails to curb consumption and supply but also has a highly detrimental impact on public health. He writes that […]

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    The UK’s £1.7 billion EU bill puts the country one step closer to a ‘Brexit’

The UK’s £1.7 billion EU bill puts the country one step closer to a ‘Brexit’

The UK has been asked to pay an extra £1.7 billion to the EU budget by 1 December following a reassessment of the size of the British economy. Iain Beggwrites that while the issue has generated an extremely hostile reaction from David Cameron, the data correction process used to arrive at the figure is well-known to the UK authorities […]

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    The lack of gender balance in positions of power remains untackled

The lack of gender balance in positions of power remains untackled

Women continue to be under-represented in political positions of power, as well as in the upper echelons of the public sector more generally and in the media. Is this situation going to improve following the 2015 general election? Not likely, finds Nan Sloane. In this article she presents the findings of a report into gender equality in Britain and argues […]

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    Talking about imagined economies points to how different imaginaries circulate and offer competing visions

Talking about imagined economies points to how different imaginaries circulate and offer competing visions

The economy is understood through stories, accounts, and images; in other words, it is imagined. Thinking about imagined economies, writes John Clarke, makes it possible to reflect on how ‘The Economy’ is made to appear a thing apart, rather than being a social and political product and thereby open to social and political action.

In my everyday life I live […]

Five reasons why it’s difficult to privatise the police

The coalition government’s austerity drive has hit the police service particularly hard, leading to radical change. Here, Adam White explains why the policy of privatising front-line services to save money has been so difficult.

Over the past few years, the police have been thinking the unthinkable. Faced with a 20 per cent budget cut courtesy of the coalition’s severe post-financial […]

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    The UK must fully recognise its special obligations towards Iraqi and Afghan refugees

The UK must fully recognise its special obligations towards Iraqi and Afghan refugees

A humanitarian approach to asylum on its own is incomplete, argues James Souter, since it pays no attention to who bears responsibility for causing refugee crises in the first place. The UK at times bears an obligation to offer asylum as a form of reparation to refugees, in particular towards Iraqi and Afghan refugees.  

When activists, politicians and commentators make a moral case for offering […]

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    In the debate about Britishness, it is important to distinguish between two different types of social cohesion

In the debate about Britishness, it is important to distinguish between two different types of social cohesion

When discussing Britishness and cohesion it is important to distinguish between two different types of social cohesion, institutional and associational, that often get conflated in public discourse, writes Ben Richards. This can prevent conceptual ambiguities from being used to shift without justification from a discussion of liberal principles to one of English cultural assimilation. 

Public discourse on Britishness and cohesion spans a […]

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    Why ‘privatisation of the NHS’ (the term not the concept) should be banned

Why ‘privatisation of the NHS’ (the term not the concept) should be banned

The heat of the debate about the ‘privatisation’ of the NHS has been intense. The role of the private sector in the NHS is a development which needs serious consideration, but only by resisting the temptation to use generalisations, miscommunications and allegations will we be able to have a proper and nuanced discussion of both the concerns and the possibilities, argue […]

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