Centre Write
Centre Write
Saturday, 24 December 2016 12:00

Joe Slater: Friends without benefits

It is hard to overstate the scale of change currently occurring in Britain, Europe, and the West. 2016 is the year of Trump and Sanders; Corbyn and Farage; Brexit and perhaps the demise of our liberal consensus. Just as in 1834, the year of the Tamworth Manifesto, these challenges require answers. For many in Britain the vote to leave was a national embarrassment, exposing nationalistic tendencies previously hidden below the surface. For conservatives the referendum should mean something quite different.…
Are the politics of the far- Right more prevalent in countries where electoral systems offer a binary choice of candidates? The past few years have witnessed an odyssey of change in popular political thought which has been interpreted as an increasing support for the radicalism of the Right. Those views previously considered at the extreme of the ideological spectrum are proving to be more widely-held than previously thought, enjoying normalisation via the rhetoric of movements and parties of this ultra-conservative…
Sunday, 04 December 2016 14:23

Saveena Mangat: We still trust the experts

Bright Blue took a major step forward in our Conservatism and human rights project last week as the Commission held its oral evidence session . The first session focused on gender discrimination with representatives from The Fawcett Society, PWC, Women’s Aid and Safe Lives. A consensus formed: despite improvements in gender equality, there is still a long way to go. Polly Neate, chief executive of Women’s Aid, pointed to evidence that suggesting that violence against women is increasing against the…
Friday, 02 December 2016 12:34

Sam Hall: The lights are going out on coal

November has been a very significant month for the coal industry. Perhaps the most high-profile news was the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, who promised during his campaign to end ‘the war on coal’ by repealing President Obama’s environmental regulations. Supporters at his rallies carried placards saying ‘Trump digs coal’. Trump’s victory caused shares in major coal producer Peabody to rocket by 45% in one day. His advocacy of coal encapsulated his appeal to disaffected…
Is the Electoral College really working for US presidential elections? The electoral system in the US can appear to us mere mortals outside of the Fifty States as a monolithically complex system of voters, delegates, colleges and primaries, all bound together by an endless cycle of debates. With the news that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 1,000,000, everyone who predicted that this centuries- old system would come under far greater scrutiny is being proved right. Specifically,…
Brexit. Soft Brexit. Hard Brexit. Bremain. Bremoan. Brexiteers. Bremainers. “Brexit means Brexit”. Frexit. Grexit. Ever since 23 June, Brexit has seeped into every pore of our political narrative. Like a Farage-shaped vacuum, it has sucked the air and energy out of our political system and consumed everything in its path. I am passionate about politics, but even I admit that I feel a faint sense of dread as the word “Brexit” is uttered at work or, possibly worst of all,…
In an election campaign characterised by personal smears that would make even Frank Underwood blush, one sound bite stands above the rest. Make America Great Again: The defining slogan of the most divisive election in recent US history. In one of the most successful interpretations of public discontent, Trump repeatedly invoked this phrase to enchant a demographic of the electorate who felt that their views were unheard and ignored by mainstream politicians. Like any self-respecting entrepreneur, Donald Trump spotted this…
There are few things in life that people across the political spectrum will agree on. One perhaps is the desire for the next generations to do better than we do. It is therefore surprising, to me at least, the willingness of many in politics to cast the next generation aside. For decades, political parties of all colours have skewed policies (and taxpayers’ cash) toward the grey vote. And who can blame them? People aged 18-24 are half as likely to…
When David Cameron first became Prime Minister in May, 2010, he entered office with few delusions about how hard legislative change would be. He not only led the first coalition government in 65 years he also led a party divided over its future direction. So when his director of strategy Steve Hilton suggested he look into whether people’s behaviour might change without the need for legislation he didn’t have to be asked twice. A small team of social psychologists were…
Friday, 28 October 2016 14:35

Verity Ryan: Why aren’t women working?

Research by PWC indicates that just 42% of women in the UK work full-time - 27 percentage points lower than men. Include part-time work and this figure increases to 68% - still a significant lag on the 78% for men. Aside from being a provocative stat, these numbers strike at the heart of gender parity in the UK and serve as a reminder of the work that remains to achieve it. From a macro perspective, the UK could receive a…

Latest from Twitter