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No Bregrets

By Kieran Madden


As the market dived and the pound sterling plummeted to a thirty-year lows following Brexit, deep despair and outrage reigned….

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Protesting democracy

Protesting democracy


It’s been an odd week. With Britain’s 52% vote to leave the EU shocking the pollsters, news websites and social…

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Assisted dying rejected again

Assisted dying rejected again

By Jeremy Vargo


This past Friday the UK’s House of Commons rejected a bill that would legalise assisted suicide; with 330 MP’s voting…

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Remembering Margaret Thatcher

Remembering Margaret Thatcher


Reading through the many obituaries of Margaret Thatcher that have been published since her death yesterday, a quote from Shakespeare’s…

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Poodles and Politics: A brief look at the Leveson Inquiry

Poodles and Politics: A brief look at the Leveson Inquiry


Following the News of the World phone hacking scandal exposed in July 2011, Lord Justice Leveson was commissioned the task…

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What makes someone poor?

What makes someone poor?

By Keiran Madden


In the policy world, what we measure matters. One policy area where this is particularly pertinent is poverty: how we…

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Family breakdown cannot be ignored

Family breakdown cannot be ignored


In my experience, talking about families has become a bit like talking about politics and religion—it’s a subject to steer…

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Turning off the taps

Turning off the taps


Billionaire  Lord Michael Ashcroft made quite the splash recently when he requested that the UK government “‘turn off the golden…

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Freedom of Religion

Freedom of Religion


Tony Blair’s press secretary once famously uttered “we don’t do God” in response to journalist’s questions about the then Prime…

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UK may cut housing benefit

UK may cut housing benefit


UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal of stopping payments to those young enough to live with their parents has caused…

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Social Impact bonds

Social Impact bonds


A recent post on the New York Times website highlights the UK’s experiment with social impact bonds—a new, innovative way…

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Rethinking child poverty

Rethinking child poverty


What is child poverty? How do we best get children out of poverty? These are questions that UK think tank…

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Sir John Graham Lecture 2011 | <em>Renewing Compassion</em>

Sir John Graham Lecture 2011 | Renewing Compassion


A vision for welfare that frees rather than traps the poor After decades of modern welfare programmes failing to solve…

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