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    Residential mobility in the UK: how distance and local economic conditions drive residential choices

Residential mobility in the UK: how distance and local economic conditions drive residential choices

Monica Langella and Alan Manning find that high unemployment in an area induces people to move away, and has an even stronger effect on the attractiveness of that area to potential movers. They also find that younger and better-educated individuals are less sensitive to distance and tend to move further away than other groups.

Regional inequalities are strongly persistent […]

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    A national unity government led by backbenchers to block no-deal Brexit is a dangerous idea

A national unity government led by backbenchers to block no-deal Brexit is a dangerous idea

The idea of a government of national unity to prevent a no-deal Brexit is a destructive contradiction and would only serve to sharpen divisions, writes Lea Ypi.
The metaphor of the body politic can be an attractive one to think about political community, especially when the body is on the verge of collapse and you have a name for the […]

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    Only a new unity government can effectively avert a no-deal Brexit

Only a new unity government can effectively avert a no-deal Brexit

If the UK is not to crash out of the European Union with no deal, Jonathan Boston argues that the current one-party political control of the executive will need to be temporarily suspended.

There is a clear majority view of the House of Commons that any withdrawal from the EU must be an agreed and orderly one, with clear succession […]

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    The ‘man of the people’: what would Plato think of Boris Johnson?

The ‘man of the people’: what would Plato think of Boris Johnson?

Lea Ypi uses Plato’s Republic to look at how he described the danger of proto-populists and demagogues to democracy. She explains how Plato’s analysis applies in a contemporary context.
Shortly after Boris Johnson was elected Prime Minister, Donald Trump made a statement that was – perhaps surprisingly – partly true. ‘We have a really good man who’s going to be […]

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    ‘Speaking truth to power’ in Select Committees: what is the experience like for external evidence-givers?

‘Speaking truth to power’ in Select Committees: what is the experience like for external evidence-givers?

In recent years there has been increasing interest in how the evidence-gathering process works in Parliament, especially with Select Committees. A particular focus has been on how representative of different groups in British society are those submitting evidence. However, there has been little or no investigation of what the experience of giving evidence is like for witnesses – and […]

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    Staying power? Jeremy Hunt’s record as Health and Social Care Secretary

Staying power? Jeremy Hunt’s record as Health and Social Care Secretary

Tony Hockley offers an overview of Jeremy Hunt’s term as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (2012-2018), and concludes that his record makes it hard to describe Hunt as someone who shirks from a challenge.

There are good reasons why no previous health minister has stayed in the job as long as Jeremy Hunt. In no area of […]

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    Egg freezing: the case for extending the (arbitrary) ten-year storage limit

Egg freezing: the case for extending the (arbitrary) ten-year storage limit

Emily Jackson outlines the rules regulating egg freezing in the UK, and explains why the government should support a new Private Members Bill recently introduced in the Lords proposing to extend the current storage time limit.

It is easy to see the appeal of egg freezing for women who know that they want to have children in the future, […]

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    The way Britain has negotiated Brexit so far shows a shallow understanding of how the EU works

The way Britain has negotiated Brexit so far shows a shallow understanding of how the EU works

Despite its long membership, Britain has seriously failed to grasp the way the EU works, writes N. Piers Ludlow. Many of the stickiest points in the Brexit negotiations, including the Northern Ireland backstop and the decision to trigger Article 50 so early, reveal a fundamental misunderstanding of how the bloc operates.

The United Kingdom ought to have started the Brexit […]