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Beware the Brexit

Beware the Brexit

by Sarah Willis / 29 Jul 2014 17:24

Until recently it looked like the UK’s continued EU membership was a foregone conclusion, despite ongoing debate about cost. Now, after Conservatives promised a referendum on EU membership and UKIP garnered up to 34% of the vote in recent European elections, there is the slim yet distinct possibility that the UK could leave the EU.

The scenario has even got its own nickname in economic circles: Brexit.

What would happen to Britain’s economy if

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The Long Game

The Long Game

by Will Horwitz / 29 Jul 2014 16:59

It is disconcerting to run a political campaign which everyone agrees with. Initially it’s invigorating but gradually the excitement turns to suspicion and you start to wonder: if everyone agrees, why hasn’t it happened already?

Four years ago Community Links launched the Early Action Task Force to argue that a more preventative approach to public services and across society would yield a triple dividend – thriving lives, costing less, contributing more. We quickly learnt

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An American in the Chamber

An American in the Chamber

by Rachel Kantrowitz / 17 Jul 2014 14:17

Every Wednesday at around noon, like clockwork, MPs file into the House of Commons Chamber to hear Prime Minister David Cameron answer questions from whoever catches the Speaker's eye. As an American, this spectacle was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. 

Pure and honest debate should be a cornerstone of democracy, and it is incredibly important in the British political system. In this respect I believe that the Brits have a leg up on America,

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On the wrong track: the case for renationalisation

by Ellie Mae O'Hagan / 11 Jul 2014 15:19

I’ve spent a long time sitting on trains coursing through Britain’s green and pleasant lands. You’d think the rolling hills, rapeseed and frolicking lambs would ease one’s mind, but no. Actually I spend most of my time on trains in a state of perpetual rage. I could cope with the overcrowding, the occasional sweltering temperatures when the air-con breaks (and for some reason Virgin trains don’t have windows like the trains in India); I

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Don’t Give Up Your Day Job Mate!

Don’t Give Up Your Day Job Mate!

by Russell Mulligan / 08 Jul 2014 15:13

As a budding stand-up comedian, the phrase ‘don’t give up your day job, mate’ is a glorious rejoinder uttered by some helpful punter every time I pause for breath. This is, in fact, a lie; the over-used trope isn’t even used by the most hack of hecklers at their first comedy gig. I only hear it now at home when I burn the fish fingers, or at the gym. Or at my day job, when

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Absolutely Fabian

Absolutely Fabian

01 Jul 2014 11:30

What inspired you to get involved in politics? At their summer conference the Young Fabians asked the society's oldest and youngest members what initially sparked their interest. From blame on the pre-war Tory government for causing the outbreak of World War Two, to wanting to change the face of British politics at the 1997 election, Fabian members argue that really is no excuse not to get involved.

 

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Playing hard to get

Playing hard to get

by Helen Thomas / 30 Jun 2014 15:08

Wolverhampton MP Pat McFadden hit a raw nerve when he described the Bank of England as behaving like an “unreliable boyfriend”. They never write, they never call, but when they do, they tell you rates aren’t going up for ages… or maybe sooner, maybe later, in a gradual way, in fact can we talk about this later I’ve got the football to watch?

When Mark Carney joined the Bank of England

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Council counsel: tips for effective local campaigning

Council counsel: tips for effective local campaigning

by Andrew Judge / 30 Jun 2014 11:50

The recent elections have thrown up a paradox. We are told that people are alienated from politics and political parties. Global economic and social forces are reshaping the world in which we all live and induce a feeling of helplessness. People feel hostile to politicians and their aim in voting, if they vote at all, is to register their personal protest, or even a cry for help. The lightning rod issue for those subject to

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Make Voting Count

Make Voting Count

by Rachael Farrington / 16 Jun 2014 11:17

Being seventeen and a summer baby is terrible. All of your friends are going out while you’re stuck, still battling your way towards passing your driving test and waiting around for the day you finally turn eighteen.

For me, the worst thing about being seventeen is being unable to vote.

I’m known well in my school and community for being the politics geek, and according to our end of year awards I’m ‘most likely to

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Circuit training

Circuit training

by Jeremy Lee  / 13 Jun 2014 14:37

Everyone knows that when political animals have served their time they become after dinner speakers. This particular gravy train isn’t as lucrative for politicians as in the good old days, but there’s still an appetite for an inside glimpse into the corridors of power. As the UK’s biggest after dinner speakers agency, we decided to weigh up the potential of Messrs Clegg and Farage.

Celebrity status isn’t the be-all and end-all on the speaker circuit,

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Why Nudge isn't dead

by Laura Sandys / 11 Jun 2014 11:22

Back in 2010 just before coming to power David Cameron gave a TED talk stating that ‘with all the advances in behavioural economics I think we can achieve a stronger society without having to spend a whole lot more money’.  The age of ‘Nudge’ politics was born and no ambitious politician could afford to head off on holiday without a copy of the best-selling book in their bag.

In the spring of 2010 the behavioural

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Competition: win tickets to Bloomsbury Book Club with Kwasi Kwarteng
 

Competition: win tickets to Bloomsbury Book Club with Kwasi Kwarteng

 

09 Jun 2014 11:52

Spanning from the disaster that befell Spain in the sixteenth century to the 2008 global financial crisis, War and Gold is an ambitious and unique study of money from the acclaimed author of Ghosts of Empire. Kwasi Kwarteng turns his expert gaze to the fascinating history of international finance in a work that is reminiscent of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Jerusalem in its historical breadth and Niall Ferguson’s The Ascent of Money in its intimate focus.

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