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    Austerity and the gender-age gap in the 2015 and 2017 general elections

Austerity and the gender-age gap in the 2015 and 2017 general elections

Anna Sanders and Rosalind Shorrocks examine the impact of austerity on vote choice in the last two general elections. They find that younger women were particularly anti-austerity and thus less supportive of the Conservative Party. However, the same was not true for older women, who were protected by the Coalition’s policies on pensions and were more similar to men […]

Book Review | Social Mobility and its Enemies

In Social Mobility and its Enemies, Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin offer a thought-provoking assessment of the state of social mobility in Britain. In the context of much social and political change and rising levels of inequality in Britain, this book is able to dispel the myth of meritocracy and suggest evidence-informed avenues for achieving a fairer society for all, writes […]

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    Johnson’s defence of war metaphors and blame of all sides turns MPs into enemy targets

Johnson’s defence of war metaphors and blame of all sides turns MPs into enemy targets

When the Prime Minister endorses the violence of war to refer to parliamentary politics, he aligns himself with a tradition of thinking for which those with whom we disagree are not just adversaries to engage with, but enemy targets to be destroyed, writes Lea Ypi.

‘Tempers on both sides have become inflamed’, Boris Johnson declared recently while refusing to apologise […]

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    Tackling smoking: never mind health, we need to talk about price

Tackling smoking: never mind health, we need to talk about price

Frances Thirlway explains why smokers’ concerns about addiction provide an unlikely but compelling rationale for making a minimum price strategy a central part of tobacco control.

People stop smoking for health reasons, right? We all know the link between smoking and cancer, not to mention heart disease, stroke and many other conditions. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we stop smoking or […]

How can we restore trust and integrity into public life?

With citizen distrust of politics steadily rising, bringing ethical concerns into mainstream public life is the most urgent political project, argues Bob Hudson. He writes that a mix of best practice, regulation, and legislation would help institutionalise the principles that ought to be guiding decision-making.

There has probably never been so much talk of mistrust and betrayal in British public […]

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    Flawed data? Why NHS spending on the independent sector may actually be much more than 7%

Flawed data? Why NHS spending on the independent sector may actually be much more than 7%

The presentation of data on NHS expenditure is flawed, writes David Rowland, which prevents policymakers from having a clear understanding of where money within the system is going. He estimates that in 2018/19, the amount spent by NHS England on the independent sector was around 26% of total expenditure, not 7% as widely reported. 

Claims regarding the extent of NHS […]

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    Parents, poverty and the state: reducing pressures on parents and increasing their capabilities

Parents, poverty and the state: reducing pressures on parents and increasing their capabilities

Naomi Eisenstadt and Carey Oppenheim argue that a more joined-up approach is needed to improve outcomes for children: both reducing child poverty and improving parental capacity by providing better support systems.

In the last two decades, political parties have lost their earlier resistance to preaching about family life. For most of the twentieth century, fears of the nanny state and […]

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    Governing without ministers: Northern Ireland power-sharing should be a priority for the UK government

Governing without ministers: Northern Ireland power-sharing should be a priority for the UK government

Northern Ireland has been without a functioning Executive or Assembly since January 2017. Jill Rutter and Jess Sargeant detail the consequences, which would be particularly severe in the case of a no deal Brexit, and set out proposals for reform.

When a local council collapses, the government sends in commissioners to sort it out. But the government has allowed Northern Ireland to near 1000 […]