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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:04

Eamonn Ives: Future of work SRC reflections

At Bright Blue’s recent Social Reform Conference I had the pleasure to chair a highly stimulating and productive discussion on the topic of the ‘Future of Work’. My obliging panellists were Sam Bowman (Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute), Nick Denys (Councillor for Eastcote and East Ruislip), Anthony Painter (Director of the Action and Research Centre at the RSA), and Alan Mak MP (Conservative Member of Parliament for Havant). What I found particularly interesting about the talk was just…
In her first speech as Prime Minister, Theresa May highlighted the “burning injustice” represented by the pervading influence of discrimination and inequality in Britain today. She highlighted the enormous impact that race, gender, and class still have on a person’s opportunities and life outcomes, and pledged to do all she could to rectify this situation. A year into her time in office, the Prime Minister has had limited success in fulfilling this pledge, and it appears that renewed impetus and…
Fake news has become, quite rightly, a much discussed topic in in recent months. Most analysis of the post-truth era it contributes to looks solely at the technical developments that have allowed fake news to spread. These include the easy distribution of viral content online, powered by echo chambers on social networks. While this is an absolutely essential element, it is only one part of the explanation. It fails to acknowledge the ideological and political issues that are also at…
Two apparently unconnected and unnoticed events last week could have profound implications for the ability of Conservatives to win another general election. First, the positive policies on tackling racial inequality in the party’s 2017 manifesto were missing from the Queen’s Speech, despite those being crucial for the party in winning support from black and minority ethnic (BME) voters. Second, polling data indicated that ethnic minority support for Labour rose in 2017 to over 70%, a warning sign given increasing racial…
In this General Election, more than any other in recent memory, the status quo has once again been challenged. With no clear winner it falls to all the major parties to now reflect, review and look for lessons to be learned. One notable feature from a relatively gruelling campaign is that preconceptions of the younger generation have been well and truly shattered. In the past it was perhaps all too easy to overlook ‘millennials’ as too selfie and self-obsessed to…
Like any big political coalition in a two party system, the Conservative Party is the natural home for many ideological strains. Yet, despite the party’s name, its small-c conservative thinkers who have been more or less absent without leave for some time – arguably since Mrs Thatcher’s second term of office, when her focus shifted from addressing existing problems (e.g. curbing union power, reducing the state’s involvement in business, reducing contributions to the EEC) to removing theoretical opportunity costs and…
The Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF), the government armed forces of Uganda, face accusations of significant human rights violations. As one of the larger militaries in its region, the UPDF plays an important role in conflict resolution and peacekeeping in both Uganda, and the wider East African region. In recent years, the UPDF has been engaged in operations in Uganda, Somalia, and the Central African Republic. Operations in Uganda The UPDF has a long history of alleged human rights violations…
Judiciously leaked, a late draft of Labour’s manifesto appeared last week, which at least meant that, unlike the others, people would read it. The leak seemed to do no harm – policy discussion is Labour’s least bad arena, compared to the personal qualities of the leaders or the parties’ organisational skills. And policies there were aplenty. Cunningly –was this deliberate? – the manifesto was a little shorter than 1983’s, heading off jokes about the longest suicide note. Some reactions were…
In 2012 and 2014, Brazil enjoyed being under the international spotlight as it hosted both the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games. However, more recently, Brazil has attracted more unfavourable attention from human rights organisations, who have frequently accused Brazil of violating basic human rights laws, particularly in relation to its justice system. Thousands of people have allegedly been killed by police since 2015 while conditions in Brazil’s jails have been castigated for being inhumane and prison officers have…
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 01:00

Kieron O’Hara: The joys of opposing

The election campaign rumbles on, with the strong and stable™ Tories leading the poll. Incredibly, according to YouGov only 15% of people recognise the notorious Tory slogan. On the other hand, only 2% spontaneously mention Jeremy Corbyn’s Blairite riff off for the many and not for the few. Perhaps this is because, thanks to Mr Corbyn, the few now seem to outnumber the many. Nevertheless, the progressive forces (who are a very few people indeed) still want to join together…

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