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    The lockdown and social norms: why the UK is complying by consent rather than compulsion

The lockdown and social norms: why the UK is complying by consent rather than compulsion

The belief that ‘we are all in it together’ is more important than other factors in explaining why the UK public has complied with lockdown measures so far, early data suggests. Jonathan Jackson, Chris Posch, Ben Bradford, Zoe Hobson, Arabella Kyprianides, and Julia Yesberg discuss the first findings of a survey on lockdown compliance in ten UK cities.

Throughout the […]

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    COVID-19 and home-schooling: the crisis has exacerbated and highlighted existing educational inequalities

COVID-19 and home-schooling: the crisis has exacerbated and highlighted existing educational inequalities

British education has faced an unprecedented situation since late March, and schools have been on the frontline. The sudden transition of the entire school system to a remote learning model is remarkable. Carl Cullinane writes that while it is inevitable in such a context that some will fare better than others, it is vital to understand how existing inequalities […]

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    Testing the ‘wisdom of the crowds’ argument: local opinion in the 43 ‘Red Wall’ constituencies that Labour lost

Testing the ‘wisdom of the crowds’ argument: local opinion in the 43 ‘Red Wall’ constituencies that Labour lost

As a general election approaches, parties want to know not only how many seats they will win but also which ones. Some argue that the best source of such information is the voters in the individual seats because they are more aware of trends in local opinion; so ask enough of them and the ‘wisdom of the crowds’ will […]

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    Gender and Covid-19: the immediate impact the crisis is having on women

Gender and Covid-19: the immediate impact the crisis is having on women

The impact of the ongoing pandemic is having different effects on men and women, yet the government has failed to take these differences on board when responding to the situation. Jenna Norman sets out the immediate areas that need to be addressed, both as a response to this specific emergency but also in terms of long-term change.

Coronavirus is a […]

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 […]

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    Florence Nightingale would have recognised the challenges associated with COVID-19

Florence Nightingale would have recognised the challenges associated with COVID-19

Andrew Street outlines four reasons why it is apt that the temporary hospitals set up in response to COVID-19 are named after nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale. He explains how some of the key challenges currently facing UK healthcare professionals are similar to those Nightingale had to deal with.

It is fitting that the exhibition and convention centres rapidly equipped in the […]

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    Can’t, won’t and what’s the point? Explaining the UK public’s muted response to austerity

Can’t, won’t and what’s the point? Explaining the UK public’s muted response to austerity

Since 2010, the government has undertaken extensive spending cuts, subsequently linked with rising poverty, food bank use, and serious health issues. Kate Harrison identifies key factors that explain why the public’s response to austerity has been relatively muted.

Since 2010, successive governments have instigated round after round of spending cuts, reducing or closing many public services. However, the government’s 2020 […]

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    Tracking Covid-19 using big data and big tech: a digital Pandora’s Box

Tracking Covid-19 using big data and big tech: a digital Pandora’s Box

Stephen L Roberts explains why, despite the supplemental value of some digital surveillance practices in the tracking of disease outbreaks, the concerns which arise from their use are multi-faceted and complex.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought new big data-driven practices of infectious disease surveillance to the forefront of efforts to track cases in real-time. As infections have continued to spread […]