Archive for the ‘British current affairs’ Category


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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How did your part of the country vote in the Brexit referendum?

August 11th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

More than one year after the UK voted in a referendum narrowly to leave the European Union, we have still barely started the complex negotiations that are involved. Meanwhile debate continues to rage over the decision and whether it can be reversed. You know how you voted (I voted remain), but do you know how […]

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Rising life expectancy stalls after health spending cuts

July 18th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

There are many ways to measure the effectiveness of government policy in any particular country, but arguably a key measure is the life expectancy of its citizens. Obviously quality of life is important as well as length of life but the first tends to determine the second. In an article in today’s “Guardian” newspaper, the […]

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Remembering the Labour MP, wife and mother Jo Cox

June 16th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

One year ago today, the 41-year-old Labour member of Parliament Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in Birstall, in her Yorkshire constituency of Batley and Spen. To mark the first anniversary of her death, her family and friends have urged people to hold events that celebrate her life. The Great Get Together, involving picnics, street parties […]

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Do you understand the British political system?

June 15th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just been checking the traffic data for my web site which I do from time to time. I noticed a big spike in visitors the day after the General Election. Whereas I normally have around 4,000 visits a day, on 9 June visits peaked at around 5,200. The data suggests that the peak was […]

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The British General Election – some personal reflections

June 9th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

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