Domestic Policy

Labour’s Legal Turn

Keir Starmer’s arrival as leader of the Labour Party will, of course, shift many of the political co-ordinates. Labour’s institutional setting will look different under a new leadership. But the case Labour has staked out in the last four years – opposing austerity, raising taxes on the richest, supporting a far wider role for the state in the economy – now, under…

Falling Through the Gaps

Rishi Sunak’s announcement on Friday of a tranche of government interventions did not in any sense constitute a fully-formed raft of solutions to the acute strains the spread of the coronavirus has placed on the UK economy. Still, it has allayed some of the more significant concerns regarding the ability of some to cover their living expenses. What has been announced, however,…

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…