Teen voters could yet bring havoc for Brexit backers.

Successive governments have let the next generation of voters down, and badly. The current crop of late teens should remember this when they make their first mark at the ballot box. The Institute of Fiscal Studies last week released a report into schools funding in the UK (revealing while there will be overall increases in … Continue reading Teen voters could yet bring havoc for Brexit backers.

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An open letter to Stephen Barclay MP

Events are moving rapidly right now, from the impromptu protests at US airports against Trump's #MuslimBan Executive Order, to the promotion of Steve Bannon to the National Security Council over the Joint Chiefs. A petition of the British parliament calling for the cancellation of the planned state visit by Trump has reached over 420,000 signatories in … Continue reading An open letter to Stephen Barclay MP

Even Stranger Things: Events like Trump and Brexit have taken us to the Upside Down, but we can find our way back.

There are times when a series of events makes you question what on earth is going on. To be honest, it’s fair to say that the cascade of domino-like political events over the past 18 months have caused me – and no doubt millions of others – to ponder whether we’re living something akin to … Continue reading Even Stranger Things: Events like Trump and Brexit have taken us to the Upside Down, but we can find our way back.

‘Head in the sand’ UK Government is putting the country’s health at risk.

Take in a deep breath and read the following. Ready? Ok: Junior doctors contracts The ongoing encroachment of privatisation A&E departments in crisis A lack of hospital beds Regular closure of GP surgeries Waiting lists are at their longest since 2007 A critical lack of social care A £22bn financial black hole by 2020. Aaaaaaaand, … Continue reading ‘Head in the sand’ UK Government is putting the country’s health at risk.

Labour needs courage and pragmatism, not arrogance, if it’s to avoid obsolescence.

Oh, Labour. I get very frustrated by Her Majesty’s Opposition, which has endured a 2016 full of infighting and backstabbing, not to mention sustained, depleting support in the polls. This in a year when the Conservatives were having their own problems: the new bastards (Boris Johnson and Michael Gove) emerged; being led by a limp … Continue reading Labour needs courage and pragmatism, not arrogance, if it’s to avoid obsolescence.

ID at the ballot box: An attack on our democracy

Plans for identification to be used on election days to combat voter fraud, as suggested in a Government response to a review by former Communities Secretary, Sir Eric Pickles, have drawn negative attention over the past day – and rightfully so. Among the 50 recommendations he makes to Government, the suggestion is that the electorate … Continue reading ID at the ballot box: An attack on our democracy