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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…
If we are to solve both climate change and guarantee the supply of energy we must resist the temptation to consider them as two separate issues. Much of what can be achieved would keep most current infrastructure in place require minimal additional regulations. The Climate Change Act of 2008, which combines the main principles of our climate change strategy, explains what we wish to avoid but doesn’t offer us many substantial ideas as to what the economic system devised to…
As has quickly become apparent, the full implications of summer’s EU referendum will be felt for many more months, and years, to come. Whichever side of the debate you sat on, it is hard to turn a blind eye to the sheer scale of the engagement and interest in the game-changing question of UK’s place in Europe. I remember attending and being a part of the national POWER inquiry back in 2005, where we had little idea how large the…
We are living in times of great geopolitical instability. There are currently more than 65 million displaced people, 90% from poor and middle income countries placing huge burdens on hosting countries. The majority of hosting countries are developing countries and 70-80% of displaced persons are living not in camps but in communities in cities. We must support hosting countries and countries from where people are leaving. It is laudable that the UK government recently announced millions of pounds to support…
Following the American elections has been a somewhat dispiriting experience for classical liberals, even for us Brits who do not get a ballot. Who should those of us who believe in low taxes, social freedom, and a caring but restrained state want to become the most powerful person in the world? On the one hand there is Donald Trump. From his vile anti-immigration rhetoric and misogynistic outbursts, to his backing of trade tariffs, there is nothing liberal to be found…

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