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    The Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the Commons: a good outcome for parliamentary scrutiny

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the Commons: a good outcome for parliamentary scrutiny

Tom Caygill comments on the procedural aspects of the attempts to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill so far, and considers the options available to government for how it continues next.

At the weekend, in an unusual Saturday sitting, the government brought forward a vote on the Prime Minister’s renegotiated Brexit deal. In response, Oliver Letwin MP tabled an amendment stating […]

October 23rd, 2019|Featured|0 Comments|

Is it time for businesses to report on race?

At a time when businesses’ role within local communities, and society more broadly, is being reimagined to provide greater social value and impact, Siobhan Morris argues that it is time for employers to consider reporting on race.
Tackling structural inequalities in the UK is fundamental to social cohesion and to enabling economic growth to benefit all. And the case […]

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    Are the DUP for turning? When the Union is perceived to be at risk, all options are on the table

Are the DUP for turning? When the Union is perceived to be at risk, all options are on the table

The UK government’s latest attempt to push a deal through Parliament failed when the DUP supported the Letwin amendment. Mary C. Murphy explains the DUP’s thinking and options. She writes that, while they can continue to pursue a strategy which is focused on revising the deal to their satisfaction, it is also possible that they could change tack completely […]

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    Young climate strikers are neither immature nor ill-informed

Young climate strikers are neither immature nor ill-informed

Having interviewed young climate strikers, Dena Arya, Benjamin Bowman, and Sarah Pickard find that, despite critics often dismissing their motivations, protesters demonstrated a commitment to the cause as well as a clear awareness of the issue.

Youth activism surged in 2019. Young people have been taking to the streets to demand immediate and significant action on climate change. The #FridaysForFuture […]

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    Book Review | The Northumbrians: North-East England and its People by Dan Jackson

Book Review | The Northumbrians: North-East England and its People by Dan Jackson

In The Northumbrians: North-East England and its People, Dan Jackson offers a welcome new history of the North East, demonstrating how many aspects of its culture grew out of centuries of border warfare and industry. In showing that the North East was innovative, resourceful and enlightened, as well as dangerous, poverty-stricken and exhausted, this deeply researched book reveals the compelling past of […]

October 20th, 2019|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Whatever happened to the Westminster Model? The ‘Italianisation’ of British politics

Whatever happened to the Westminster Model? The ‘Italianisation’ of British politics

The UK was once viewed by political scientists as embodying a distinct majoritarian form of politics – the ‘Westminster Model’ – that stood in contrast to the ‘consensus’ democracies found elsewhere in Europe. Several of the countries in the latter group, such as Italy, were often assumed to be inherently prone to instability in comparison to the UK. Yet […]

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    The different ‘types’ of poverty: is there a problem with how we currently talk about poverty?

The different ‘types’ of poverty: is there a problem with how we currently talk about poverty?

Stephen Crossley, Kayleigh Garthwaite, and Ruth Patrick argue that the different ‘types’ of poverty that have emerged in recent years may have the effect of diverting attention away from structural and systemic issues that need to be addressed. They introduce a new project which aims to encourage more critical discussion about the implications of this increased fragmentation of poverty.

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    The data behind mortality trends: explaining the recent improvement in mortality in England

The data behind mortality trends: explaining the recent improvement in mortality in England

One of the most important functions of a government is to ensure the health of its population, with the main indicator being measures of mortality such as life expectancy. Mike Murphy writes that, contrary to popular belief, current levels of mortality are the lowest ever recorded by a substantial margin.

Recent reports of adverse mortality trends in Britain have […]