Conservative Party Conference

If you’re a human and not just some sort of experimental political anorak, chances are you didn’t make it all the way through the Conservative Party conference without at least taking a break. Thankfully for you, we’ve got the very best thing to come out of the whole experience anyway – unless you’re a fan […]

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It was the second Conservative defection to UKIP in less than a month and could be yet another sign of the growing disillusionment with the current Westminster brand of politics. Mark Reckless, who ditched the Conservative party in favour of UKIP this week, described the Tories as being “out of touch” with the British public. Mr Reckless said the […]

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So Scotland has voted. The referendum campaign has come to an end and for now, Scotland will remain a part of the union. For many, the result will have come as a shock – for others more of a relief. But regardless of how you voted – or how you wish you had voted, one […]

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MPs accused of fiddling their expenses will be offered fresh protections under new secrecy laws announced last night. The new rules, proposed by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), are designed to hide from the public the identity of MPs who have been accused of expenses fraud. The expenses watchdog also plans to bar the […]

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The 1948 Act establishing the NHS gave the Secretary of State for Health the duty to provide universal healthcare. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 removes this duty and introduces a market. Allyson Pollock describes why this should be a worry for all of us. Allyson Pollock is Professor of Public Health Research & […]

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I was not always a supporter of Scottish independence. Like many other people in Scotland, I started out staunchly in the No camp but gradually found myself leaning more and more towards a Yes vote as the campaign progressed. By the time the final weeks began to draw in, I somehow found myself a keen […]

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Loyalists have taken violently to the streets of Glasgow tonight after Scotland voted to remain part of the UK. Supporters waiving unionist flags took to George Square before moving towards Buchanan Street, where they continued demonstrations in celebration of the landmark vote to remain in the union. There they clashed with groups of Scottish nationalists and images showing flares being thrown […]

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For the Conservative party, accusations of serving the rich and powerful at the expense of the rest of us are nothing new. From the Thatcher years onwards, the Tories have been more than forward about their support of unrestrained capitalism and the value of the individual over the collective. But recent figures from the Electoral […]

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This very powerful twist on Charlie Chaplin’s classic final speech from The Great Dictator plays hard on the emotional aspect of Scottish independence. The slight re-working of the words along with the cut scenes really show what Yes supporters feel like they have been fighting for throughout this campaign. David Hayman plays it brilliantly. If […]

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Last month, a report published by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (SMCPC) revealed that a small close-nit “cosy club” at the top of British society get the best jobs at the leading institutions and effectively run the UK. Many of the high-profile roles including senior judges, MPs, civil servants and newspaper columnists go to recruits who have come […]

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