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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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In 2010, David Cameron spoke about entering a new era — where governments themselves have less power (and less money) and people empowered by technology have more. Tapping into new ideas on behavioral economics, he explores how these trends could be turned into smarter policy. Four years later, some time into his first term as Prime […]

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This week, Scotland will vote on whether to remain part of the UK. As the big day looms ever closer, students on both sides of the border will wait with bated breath, unsure of what either outcome might mean for their future. For Yes supporters, independence will represent the opportunity to secure a brighter future, […]

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Back in June, Ed Miliband announced that he would be moving to Scotland to support Better Together’s final push to keep the union intact. But with 11 days to go, the question is: where is he? The Labour leader said he would base himself north of the Border to campaign for the unionist cross-party group and […]

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If this doesn’t help you make up your mind, nothing will. This songified debate remix perfectly encapsulated every aspect of the referendum campaign. The full version was released by Sky News to encourage voters to tune in on 18th September to watch live coverage as the people of Scotland decide the country’s future. Find out what […]

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