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Who was Millicent Fawcett?

April 24th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It’s great that today we saw the unveiling of the first statute of a woman in London’s Parliament Square where there has previously only been statues of men (11 of them). The new statute is of Millicent Fawcett – but who exactly was she? She was a campaigner for the right of women to vote, […]

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British political institutions (2): the legislature (and how Berwick might be at war with Russia)

April 18th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I like to attend short courses at the City Literary Institute in central London and I’m now doing a six-week course on “British Political Institutions”.  The second session of the course was delivered by the City Lit’s Director Mark Malcolmson and covered the legislature, that is the House of Commons, the House of Lords and the […]

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British political institutions (1): the constitution

April 11th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I like to attend short courses at the City Literary Institute in central London and I’ve just started a six-week course on “British Political Institutions”. I already know quite a lot about this subject and have written a website essay on the topic, but there is always more to learn. The first session of the […]

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So, after the leaking of the Paradise Papers, how is the UK doing on tackling tax evasion and avoidance?

February 5th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Figures from HM Revenue & Customs suggest that a series of measures to tackle offshore tax evasion will only bring in £349m a year – £650m a year less than had been hoped for. Meanwhile a total of 28 anti-avoidance measures introduced under the Coalition and Conservative governments are bringing in less than expected, and the […]

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Think tank analysis highlights nursing staffing crisis facing UK

January 25th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Analysis from the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) published today shows: Between September 2009 and September 2017, the number of nurses rose by 0.8%, while the numbers of people aged over-65 rose by 17.6% during roughly the same period. The number of nurses per 1,000 of the population has fallen considerably from its peak […]

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What do the British think of America’s president Donald Trump?

January 14th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

An opinion poll conducted for the “Observer” newspaper by Opinium has found that: 71% believe that he is untrustworthy 44% believe that he is less intelligent than the average person 18% believe he is a friend of Britain 72% believe that he is a risk to international stability The newspaper has major leader column assessing […]

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How the Conservative Cabinet is dominated by MPs from the south of England

January 13th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

“Theresa May’s cabinet has the most members from the home counties in more than two decades, with more than two-thirds of the most senior ministers representing seats in southern England. Only seven of the 22 full cabinet ministers represent constituencies in the Midlands or north of England. Those seven hold safe Tory shire seats that […]

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Why sadly we’ll have to wait at least another year for a Labour Government

December 29th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“The problem is that there is an obstacle: the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. This 2011 law says that, in order for there to be an election, the government has to lose a confidence vote or the prime minister has to persuade two-thirds of MPs to vote for one. Both are possible in theory in 2018, but not […]

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Why the UK’s international aid is so important

December 20th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“UK aid has already done so much to change the lives of the world’s poorest children. British aid has educated 11 million children in the last five years. The UK’s investment in immunisation in the same period ensured 67.1 million children were protected against preventable diseases. That’s more than the population of the UK. This […]

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And the mega rich just become richer and richer

December 15th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The richest 1% of the global population took 27% of the world’s wealth growth between 1980 and 2016, while the richest of the rich increased their wealth by even more. The top 0.1% gained 13% of the world’s wealth, and the top 0.001% – about 76,000 people – collected 4% of all the new wealth […]

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