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    ‘Global Britain’? Assessing Boris Johnson’s major changes to national security and foreign policy

‘Global Britain’? Assessing Boris Johnson’s major changes to national security and foreign policy

There is a real risk that the shake-up of UK national security and foreign policy currently being orchestrated by Number 10 will not provide the solutions the country needs, write Edward Elliott and Sam Goodman. Here they interview former National Security Advisers, former Foreign Secretaries, former foreign policy advisers to PMs, and former senior diplomats, to assess recent developments […]

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    Under the social services’ radar: community support to older people during the UK lockdown

Under the social services’ radar: community support to older people during the UK lockdown

Maria Evandrou, Jane Falkingham, Min Qin and Athina Vlachantoni highlight the experiences of older people who did not quality for formal home care visits during the lockdown. They find that while many did receive assistance with activities such as shopping (and some received more such help than previously), a small group were at risk of not having the support […]

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    COVID-19 and low-income families: why the Chancellor’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ offer is hard to stomach

COVID-19 and low-income families: why the Chancellor’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ offer is hard to stomach

Maddy Power, Ruth Patrick, and Kayleigh Garthwaite draw on a project investigating the experiences of low-income households during the pandemic to explain why the Summer Statement fails to support many such families.

‘Eat out to help out’, announced the Chancellor in his 2020 mini-Budget. As part of a series of measures to boost the economy amid the continuing economic fallout […]

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    COVID-19 and Twitter: abuse towards MPs decreased during the lockdown, but that’s only part of the story

COVID-19 and Twitter: abuse towards MPs decreased during the lockdown, but that’s only part of the story

Genevieve Gorrell discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the verbal abuse politicians receive on Twitter. She finds that while this kind of abuse appeared to reduce in conjunction with the pandemic, the number of tweets refuting the existence of the virus were numerically significant, as were tweets attacking China.

Twitter has become a favoured communication channel for politicians around the […]

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    MPs and outside business interests: the value of political-corporate connections

MPs and outside business interests: the value of political-corporate connections

In 2002, an amendment to parliamentary regulations removed restrictions on the participation of MPs in proceedings related to their corporate interests. Colin Green and Swarnodeep Homroy demonstrate how both firms and politicians changed their behaviour as a result. Post-amendment, firms were more likely to appoint MPs on their boards and reduce political donations. MPs with corporate connections were more […]

COVID-19 research: are we moving too fast?

While getting new information on COVID-19 is essential, not all research will be critical to managing the risks of the disease, writes Peter Howley. He argues that scientists need to ensure as best they can that they get the balance between accuracy and speed right.

There has been an enormous volume of important COVID-19 research coming out into the public […]

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    Eight provisional lessons from Britain’s handling of COVID-19

Eight provisional lessons from Britain’s handling of COVID-19

Four months since the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Sir Richard Mottram outlines key lessons that can already be drawn about the UK’s crisis management machinery.

Crises provide an illumination and an audit of government capability and performance. It seems clear that the UK government system has performed poorly in comparison with other comparable countries in the health aspects […]

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    Farewell Whitehall, hello Red Square? On Gove and the ‘privilege of public service’

Farewell Whitehall, hello Red Square? On Gove and the ‘privilege of public service’

In a recent attempt to reset the political agenda as the UK comes out of lockdown, Michael Gove gave a speech focusing on Whitehall reform. Abby Innes outlines the similarities between the government’s promised strategy and (failed) attempts to transform the USSR.

On the face of it, Michael Gove’s Ditchley Annual Lecture is a shrewd piece of politics. It […]