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Standards in public life: Where did it all go wrong?

Westminster is home to one of the most revered and well-respected political establishments in the world. UK politics has always prided itself on promoting its traditions, values, and high principles. But after a spate of damaging scandals, Westminster’s reputation is at risk. Standards in public life have slipped, and the public may have had enough.…

Politics.co.uk’s New Year predictions

Happy new year! 2021 threw up a bunch of surprises, resignations and more kissing that we’d like to have seen. But what does 2022 have in store? We reached out to commentator James Ball, pollster Matt Singh and journalist Mutaz Ahmed to ask what their political predictions are for the coming year.The post Politics.co.uk’s New…

​China: Round table

  Over the past 30 years, China’s rapid economic development has catapulted it to the forefront of world politics, becoming a major player to rival the United States. But recent controversy over Taiwan and the Uyghur people has raised a spotlight on the communist country, and led to a backlash from many Western nations. Talking…

The Political Agenda – Simon Cheng

Simon Cheng is a prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, granted political asylum in the UK in 2020 after being arrested and tortured by the Chinese state. Since arriving in the UK, Simon has set up Hongkongers in Britain, an organisation that helps Hong Kong citizens emigrating on the BNO visa scheme settle in Great Britain.…

Planning reform: another brick in the wall

It has become something of a joke that planning permission in the UK takes forever to attain. The government is trying to address this, as well as issues around affordable homes, with a drastic overhaul to planning rules. “The current planning system in the UK is highly discretionary,” explained Anthony Breach, a senior analyst for…

Hong Kong BNO scheme: What now?

People in Hong Kong are leaving the country on the UK’s British National Overseas (BNO) passport scheme, due to a crackdown on democracy. The one country, two systems principle put in place when Hong Kong was returned to China by the UK, has been severely eroded in recent years. In 2019, widespread protests broke out…

A cold Christmas: Quarter of a million children to go hungry this winter

A quarter of a million children will go hungry this Christmas. That is just one of the headlines from the Childhood Trust’s ‘Cold, Hungry and Stressed’ report, outlining the shocking levels of poverty families across London have been plunged into ahead of the festive season. Laurence Guinness, chief executive of The Childhood Trust, outlined some…

Prostitution: The oldest profession or an oppressive trade?

Prostitution has been a part of our society for centuries, but the women who engage in it are often overlooked. Whilst there are many reasons women become sex workers, the majority are forced into it by poverty, seeing it as last resort to earn money. At the moment in Britain, prostitution itself is not illegal…

The impossible property ladder

The property ladder is a metaphor synonymous in the UK for a person’s desire to progress through the various stages of homeownership.  Whether it’s due to a shortage of affordable homes, salaries outstripping house prices, or even the heavier tax burdens facing Britain’s younger generation, making that first step onto the property ladder has arguably…

Reaching net zero: Can the government afford it?

In October, the government announced its long-awaited net zero strategy, a complex and wide-ranging pathway to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The government hopes the new plans will provide a clear roadmap for the economy to reorientate around a new green mission: To reduce emissions over the next three decades and to help limit global warming…

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