Policy

Health, Health & Environment

No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

No, we shouldn’t ‘take politics out of the NHS’

Every few weeks someone pops up and says that politics – and politicians – need to be taken out of the NHS. The person proposing this change usually argues one or two things: first, that the NHS has become ‘a political football’, and being subject to the whims of politicians […]

by × March 16, 2017 ×

Economic, Economy, News, Taxation

The shape of our economy is changing – and government needs to catch up

The shape of our economy is changing – and government needs to catch up

More sophisticated technology coupled with the necessity created by the 2008/9 recession and a slow economy since then has led to transformation in some areas of the UK economy – and the trend is set to continue. This has clearly worried the government. Last week in the Spring Budget the […]

by × March 14, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Give British overseas territories proper representation

Give British overseas territories proper representation

During the campaign to leave the European Union a lot was said about strengthening ties with our Anglosphere cousins across the globe. Autonomously, we can now press ahead with those sought after free trade agreements with the rest of the world including the emerging countries like India with their 2.1billion […]

by × March 10, 2017 ×

Economic, Europe

Will the Government betray British Fishermen yet again?

Will the Government betray British Fishermen yet again?

The Common Fisheries Policy devastated the British fishing industry. The Government must now begin the process of repairing the damage by leaving the CFP as we leave the EU. One of the most striking images of the EU Referendum was the sight of multi-millionaire Bob Geldof aboard a luxury yacht […]

by × February 15, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Straight-talking statesmen, Syria and the Middle East

Straight-talking statesmen, Syria and the Middle East

Rebel forces have just lost their last toehold in Aleppo. Now residents displaced by conflict may begin to return to (what’s left of) Syria’s historic second city. Whilst we should of course recognise the horrific devastation wrought, mourn the casualties, and put pressure on all sides to cease their use […]

by × January 30, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Why the Donald Trump state visit must go ahead

Why the Donald Trump state visit must go ahead

Trump state visit: Cancelling would be counter productive. We need to offer a guiding hand to the Trump administration and secure commitment to NATO. The Queen has met unpleasant characters in her line of duty and there is uproar about her next official guest. We shouldn’t have any illusions about who […]

by × January 30, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Tory interventionism must end

Tory interventionism must end

Since the Second World War, the United States of America has pursued an aggressive, interventionist foreign policy. Born out of a combination of weapons-grade paranoia and humanitarian desire, our closest allies have taken the front foot against alien regimes and ideologies deemed incompatible with their own. During the Cold War, […]

by × January 29, 2017 ×

Economic

Corbyn is wrong; we need to make the poor richer, not make the rich poorer

Corbyn is wrong; we need to make the poor richer, not make the rich poorer

Despite only being a few days in, there has been a lot of talk about wage inequality already in 2017. From Jeremy Corbyn’s maximum wage cap to the IFS study into part-time work, our attention is being drawn to the gap between the haves and the have-nots. Very little debate […]

by × January 15, 2017 ×

Health, Health & Environment

You’re all wrong: A bigger NHS budget won’t solve the crisis in delayed discharge. This will.

You’re all wrong: A bigger NHS budget won’t solve the crisis in delayed discharge. This will.

‘Medical outliers’, ‘medically fit’, ‘bed blockers’. These are all terms to describe the same problem: patients who are ready to leave hospital but can’t because the right social care package is not in place. The problem has been described over and over again, for decades. One of my first memories […]

by × January 13, 2017 ×

Health & Environment

What’s wrong with Red Cross helping the NHS?

What’s wrong with Red Cross helping the NHS?

Last weekend marked the start of 2017’s NHS ‘Winter Crisis’ – an annual ritual in which the Labour Party claim the Tories have wantonly and irreversibly destroyed the Health Service. Proceedings began after Red Cross volunteers were drafted in to assist besieged Accident & Emergency staff, amid reports that three […]

by × January 11, 2017 ×

Law & Order, News, Northern Ireland

HMP Maghaberry is a national disgrace

Maghaberry is a place where every prison cliché comes to life. Set in the bleak countryside atop a former RAF airfield about twenty miles from Belfast, you can’t help but be filled with a great sense of foreboding as you approach. Walking from the visitors’ car park the full complex […]

by × December 21, 2016 ×

Education

Cut quango budgets, not schools

Cut quango budgets, not schools

The Department for Education have announced their new funding formula, which means more money for schools in the most deprived areas and less for those in London. Whilst this looks like a simple rejigging of the Education budget – the National Audit Office predict that this will constitute a £3bn […]

by × December 16, 2016 ×