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Must Labour lose again?

Keir Starmer won the leadership of the Labour Party after its fourth general election loss, and in the midst of the coronarivus pandemic. Richard Rose addresses his prospects, and argues he must first take control of the party.

Sixty years ago I co-authored a Penguin Special with the title Must Labour Lose? Labour had lost three general elections in a […]

Budget 2020: is talk of the ‘safety net’ back?

This week’s budget included measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Laura Richards-Gray identifies a change in rhetoric by new Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak in his announcements about this, but argues that much more substantial changes to welfare and social care policies would be required to repair the country’s depleted social safety net.

On Wednesday Rishi Sunak made […]

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    Burke and Brexit: the UK’s chief negotiator displays a lack of concern about trade risks and accountability

Burke and Brexit: the UK’s chief negotiator displays a lack of concern about trade risks and accountability

Ahead of the government’s publication of its negotiating approach to agreeing a future relationship with the EU, the UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, gave a speech that referenced the work of Edmund Burke. Pippa Catterall argues that Frost distorted Burke’s views, and in doing so displays a shallow and muddled understanding of the risk and uncertainty ahead.

Britain’s chief negotiator for the next […]

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    Groupthink did not see the Leave victory coming. So where could it go wrong for Johnson?

Groupthink did not see the Leave victory coming. So where could it go wrong for Johnson?

With speculation rife that there will be a general election in the autumn, Matthew Goodwin assesses the new government’s likely popularity, and which groups of the electorate Boris Johnson will have most problems appealing to.

With a new Prime Minister, a divided parliament, a looming Brexit deadline and rumours of a general election it might be time to put the […]

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    Why Britons living abroad for more than 15 years still don’t have a vote

Why Britons living abroad for more than 15 years still don’t have a vote

Britons who have lived abroad for more than 15 years lose the right to vote in UK elections. This would have changed had a Private Member’s Bill with government support passed last month – but a Conservative MP talked it out. Susan Collard says the incident reveals the shortcomings of parliamentary democracy.

MPs’ attempts to take over the parliamentary agenda are an […]