In his party conference speech, David Cameron promised to repeal the Human Rights Act but his main reason seems to be to avoid compliance with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The cases the PM cited in his speech as justification would have still been directly binding on the UK government even if the HRA had never been introduced. […]
Summarising the findings of a new report into poverty in the UK, Katie Schmuecker highlights the need to go beyond conventional approaches to poverty reduction. She discusses the changing face of poverty, with the fall in pensioner poverty and rise in poverty of those living in working households.
With conference season in full swing and the finishing touches being put to manifestos, the Joseph Rowntree […]
Following a closer than expected outcome in the Scottish independence referendum, many are criticising David Cameron for his negotiation of the Edinburgh Agreement which paved the way for the referendum. Nat le Roux thinks is more concerned about Cameron and other party leaders having precipitated a slow-motion constitutional train crash. It represents a peculiar type of collective folly for the party […]
The Global Warming Policy Foundation, founded by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson, has for years been promoting climate change scepticism. Back in June 2013, Bob Ward complained to the Charity Commission, arguing that the Foundation’s spread of misinformation regarding the science of climate change should exempt it from being registered as an educational charity. The Commission’s verdict has just been announced and it is […]
Last week, the UK parliament voted to once again intervene militarily in Iraq in order to attack the terrorist group Isis. This follows more than a week of US and Arab world airstrikes on Isis targets in Syria. While the Iraqi government requested assistance from British and other foreign powers, the Syrian regime has not asked for intervention. Many commentators have questioned […]
The UK government has committed itself to solving the so called ‘West Lothian question’ whereby Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs can vote on ‘English only’ issues which have already been devolved to the other three countries. Sonia Alonso writes on devolution in Spain, arguing that the UK should learn from the Spanish experience. She states that Spain illustrates […]
The UKIP party conference provided some new policy proposals regarding immigration. The anti-immigrant party would have a UK-only lane at border crossings and would seek to withdraw from the Dublin Regulation, which provides rules for EU member states regarding asylum seekers. Steve Peers finds that these proposals have not been well thought through.
There’s no doubt that the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) […]
In recent years, fence-making has become a booming business despite it being quite clear that they do not work; migrants inevitably find ways around. So how come fences keep being built? Ruben Andersson writes that it is high time that we “unfence” our views of migration.
Migration panic is upon Calais yet again. Amid desperate and determined attempts by refugees and migrants to clamber […]