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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
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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,