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Britain is no longer a Christian nation. Indeed more than half of the UK population has no religion.

November 8th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

According to the latest survey of religious belief among the British population conducted by British Social Attitudes, 53% of adults describe themselves as having no religion. In 1983, the figure was only 31% and the increase in the percentage is clear and consistent. The percentage is closely correlated with age. Currently, among 18-24 years old, […]

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Long overdue for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs to tighten up seriously on tax avoidance

November 8th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The ‘Paradise Papers’ are just the latest in a long line of tax scandals. The system, which is rigged to benefit the privileged few at the expense of everyone else, is broken. The impact on our public services of these corrupt practices, protected by a veil of secrecy, has been devastating. After seven years of […]

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The unequal distribution of wealth in modern Britain

October 26th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Last week, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) published the latest in a series of discussion papers for the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice. “Wealth in the twenty-first century: inequalities and drivers“, by Carys Roberts and Mat Lawrence, sets out the facts and trends on the distribution of wealth in the UK. Stark inequalities […]

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Why did the Conservatives lose the general election?

September 29th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“The Conservatives would have won a 42-seat majority in June’s general election if they had secured the same level of support among minority ethnic Britons as they did among white voters, analysis has found.The report, by the British Future thinktank, identifies what it calls an “ethnic minority voting gap” that cost Theresa May 600,000 votes […]

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The one area where women always beat men

September 28th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

It’s called: living. In virtually every country in the world, women live longer than men. Centenarians are the fastest growing age group in the UK, with the number of 100-year-olds almost doubling over a 14-year period, According to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics. Although they make up a very small proportion […]

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A new vision for the British economy: the Interim Report of the IPPR Commission on Social Justice

September 8th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This week, I attended the launch of the Interim Report of the Commission on Social Justice convened by the Left of Centre think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). At the event in London’s Church House, we heard especially from the Chair of the Commission, IPPR Director Tom Kibasi, and Director of the Commission, […]

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The current state of religious belief in Britain

September 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The latest data on religious belief in the UK comes from the 34th British Social Attitudes BSA) survey conducted by the National Centre for Social Research. It might surprise many non-Britons who think that the UK is still basically a religious nation and it might surprise some Britons who seem to think that the UK is going […]

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Does Britain need a new electoral system?

August 28th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“On 26th June 2017, a full 17 days after the results of the general election were declared, a deal was finally agreed between the minority Conservative government and the Democratic Unionist Party to enable the government, on a case by case basis, to get its legislation through parliament. The results of the 2017 general election, […]

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My first experience of London’s Notting Hill Carnival

August 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The Notting Hill Carnival has been held in London every year since 1966 and I’ve lived in London since late 1971 but never previously attended the event. This weekend, though, at the venerable age of 69 I ticked off an item on my bucket list by attending the carnival for the first time. And I […]

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Do you understand how the American political system actually works?

August 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

On my web site, I have short guides to the political systems of 15 nations. Given the importance of the United States to the geo-politics of the world and the erratic behaviour of the current occupant of the White House, I receive most visits to my short guide to the American political system. I have […]

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