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Several weeks ago, I found myself at an event held at the European Parliament Office in the United Kingdom, cornered by a half-Indian, half-Finnish member of UKIP who was brainstorming different ways I could extend my visa after graduation. It’s an odd time to be an American student in Britain. Born and raised in Washington, D.C. and a product of the American public school system, I have been delighted to undertake a master’s degree in the London School of Economics…
The last year has been a thoroughly challenging one for Britain’s higher education sector. Not only was the very notion of expertise challenged by the Brexit campaign, but the Higher Education and Research Bill is set to enter the statute book, thrusting deep reforms on our institutions. Worse still, International students have been threatened with stricter immigration rules, and applications from this vital group are down. Further compounding an already bleak situation, the latest Research Excellence Framework consultation is seeking…
Theresa May has finally taken a spanner to the stabilising wheels of her premiership, graduating from a tricycle to a fully- fledged two-wheeler. At present it is a bodged garage job; stable but lacking fine-tuning and a lack of gears. However, the basics are there and if her tool box continues to grow in light of the complexity of dealing with President Trump, who is to say it might not one day resemble a Raleigh. Other bike brands are available.…
Last week, it was reported that the Department for Transport is considering introducing a diesel scrappage scheme. Under this policy, the government would give cashback to motorists who trade in their old polluting diesel vehicle. A diesel scrappage scheme would help to accelerate the shift away from diesel vehicles, removing one of the biggest sources of harmful air pollution from the roads for good. What’s the problem? Readers of this blog will be familiar with the issue: each year around…
On Friday 27th January President Trump issued more than a simple policy directive; it was the formal unleashing of a political ideology previously unseen in modern democracy. His is a unique brand of politics that refuses to kneel to the power of the media, nor to the popular outrage of the world’s population. It is a politics that means he can sack the acting attorney-general for advising lawyers not to fight cases relating to those opposing his Muslim ban. It…
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 11:06

James Kingston: Tomorrow Belongs to Me?

We are, or so we are told, being swept by anti-establishment fury. Voters in their wisdom have decided to kick the elites and reject the establishment they form. Everywhere the hallowed institutions of the West seem to totter before the storm; pundits solemnly prophesy the decline of the western-led global order; others of bleaker mien question the very notion of progress itself. But a curious fact remains: Unlike almost every other such ‘anti-establishment’ storm in history, this revolution – if…
David Laws on the need to focus on early years and non-selective education Since Theresa May became Prime Minister, she has made a welcome commitment to prioritise action to improve social mobility. However, the recent report of the Social Mobility Commission demonstrates just how much progress needs to be made, in the face of the strong headwinds which are blowing directly in the opposite direction. Any serious strategy to improve social mobility has to involve significant improvements in educational outcomes…
There is a long tradition of simplifying politics into an adversarial game between two opposing tribes, the left and the right. This model has certain attractions. It gives you political friends and opponents, and makes it pretty clear which are which. Of course this model, often deployed subconsciously, has always been highly misleading. But recently, in the Western world at least, it’s become outright dangerous. It blinds moderates, from both the left and right, to the threat from their ‘own’…
Those not paying very, very close attention, may mistakenly have thought that the Leveson Inquiry was done and dusted, the subsequent row about regulation of the press over. Not only is that far from the case, but we now have reached a critical juncture. A seemingly innocuous clause in nearly four year old legislation hangs over the press like a guillotine. Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 relates to costs in libel and privacy cases against newspapers…
Thursday, 19 January 2017 15:54

Elisabeth Laird: On the Wales Bill

This week, the National Assembly for Wales voted through the Wales Bill. Another hope for a long lasting devolution settlement, another disappointment: the fourth try is still not a charm. Although former Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb significantly improved relations and communications between the Assembly and Parliament, an act which Alun Cairns has been close to follow, the Government was not persuaded to include all of the recommendations for devolved powers put forward in the Silk Commission, resulting in a bill…

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