Domestic Policy

Bad Education: The UCU and Casualisation

I’m very boring, and so I read a lot of reports by charities, think tanks and trade unions. The University and College Union (UCU) last month released a new report, “Second class academic citizens: The dehumanising effects of casualisation in higher education”. Based on research by Olivia Mason and Nick Megoran of Newcastle University, the report makes for interesting yet profoundly depressing…

Metro Mayors and the Battle for England’s Cities

Now that resounding Conservative victory has been followed by leadership elections, the opposition’s focus has naturally shifted to the next general election. But this government has a free hand to tip the electoral scales, through boundary reform and voter ID legislation, while Labour must match some of history’s greatest landslides just to govern alone. Faced with the very real possibility of a…

On the Buses

Readers of The Social Review living in the Manchester area, or those who have a keen interest in public transport, may have heard that, at long last, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is set to take control of the buses of the region. This has been rumoured since the creation of the authority and has been even more widely expected since the…

The End of a Long Road

For a lot of people, there is one particular issue that hooks them into politics. Something that they care about enough to spend their weekends at rallies, and then after a while their weekday evenings at dull meetings, until they find themselves booking rooms and printing posters and agreeing to go leafleting at odd hours and then suddenly, they have become political,…

Poverty in Education

Being poor impacts every part of your life; from your mental health, to your life expectancy, and throughout your education. The average life expectancy gap between a boy born in an affluent area and a boy born in one of the poorest areas reached 8.4 years in 2018. Being affluent tends to mean that you can have a support network that many…