David Blunkett

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    Deportation targets in the Home Office: a long and troubled history

Deportation targets in the Home Office: a long and troubled history

While the government has apologised for the treatment of Windrush citizens, Amber Rudd has resigned over her lack of knowledge about the Home Office’s removals targets. Christina Boswell provides some context to recent events. She concludes that although deportation targets are a problematic tool of performance measurement, the culture that exists within the government makes it very difficult to go […]

Faith in democratic institutions has fallen to dangerously low levels at a time when we need democracy more than ever

The five years since the financial crisis have seen faith in democratic institutions fall to dangerously low levels, precisely at the moment when David Blunkett MP argues that we need politics (and politicians) more than ever. We must urgently address the question of how political life can be revitalised in a way which avoids the twin dangers of extremism and technocracy.  […]