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    COVID-19 as the ultimate leadership challenge: making critical decisions without enough data

COVID-19 as the ultimate leadership challenge: making critical decisions without enough data

Martin Lodge and Arjen Boin discuss the political decision-making challenges of the novel coronavirus pandemic. They look at past crises and analyse three types of coping strategies available.

We are in crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing an escalating number of victims and a free-falling global economy. It is likely to get much worse before we will see any improvements. […]

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    Abortion and COVID-19: why we need to support women’s right to abortion in health emergencies

Abortion and COVID-19: why we need to support women’s right to abortion in health emergencies

Clare Wenham, Ernestina Coast, Katy Footman, Tiziana Leone, Rishita Nandagiri, and Joe Strong discuss the UK government’s apparent U-turn over medical abortion during the novel coronavirus outbreak. They draw on their own research and other evidence to make the case for women being able to take abortion medication at home, following a phone or video consultation.

On 23 March, the […]

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    COVID-19 and the language of pathology: when public health vocabularies advance into parallel domains

COVID-19 and the language of pathology: when public health vocabularies advance into parallel domains

Jonathan White explains why analogies associated with public health tend to be used in areas unrelated to the latter, such as the economy and migration. He writes that such perspectives can often be a way to rationalise limited intervention on the part of authorities, as well as to detach issues from their social and political context, limiting this way […]

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    Budget 2020: will it move the economy onto a sustainable and inclusive growth path?

Budget 2020: will it move the economy onto a sustainable and inclusive growth path?

The UK’s challenges around productivity, regional disparities and the transition to net zero emissions are complex and interconnected, made even more so by the coronavirus outbreak and Brexit. Anna Valero argues that while the pledges made in the Budget will help provide additional resources, there remains uncertainty over how things will evolve in a number of key areas.

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    Budget 2020: a bold response to coronavirus, but more must be done if it becomes widespread in the UK

Budget 2020: a bold response to coronavirus, but more must be done if it becomes widespread in the UK

While the 2020 Budget offers an overall adequate response to the challenges currently posed by coronavirus, there are three issues that need to be addressed further, especially as the outbreak becomes more widespread, writes Thomas Sampson.
In what ended up being the coronavirus budget, the Chancellor showed he recognised the magnitude of the challenge – announcing a £30 billion fiscal […]

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    Beware of populist narratives: The importance of getting the Heathrow ruling right

Beware of populist narratives: The importance of getting the Heathrow ruling right

Despite being presented as an act of judicial chutzpah, the Court of Appeal’s ruling against the government’s planned Heathrow expansion is in fact a modest proposal, explains Veerle Heyvaert. Unlike recent cases elsewhere, it did not challenge climate policy as a whole, but instead judicially reviewed the legality of a single project. She writes that failure to represent the […]

What we can learn from the controversy around Huawei

Despite US pressure to block Huawei, the UK government has decided to let the firm continue to be used in its 5G networks with certain restrictions. Jonathan Liebenau addresses Huawei’s historical context as a company, and moves on to consider some motives that have brought it under scrutiny.

In recent weeks I have frequently been asked about what we should […]

How do we stop knife crime?

Knife crime in England and Wales hit a record high in 2019, up by 7% on the previous year. In the 12 months to June, there were 235 knife murders and 412 attempted murders. A disproportionate number of victims – and perpetrators – are young and disadvantaged. It is destroying lives and striking fear into many communities.

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