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The growing housing divide is not just intergenerational

17 February 2016

Research by the Resolution Foundation this week shines a spotlight on not just the decline in home ownership but the group most affected by it: those on low to middle incomes, among whom owner-occupation fell from 73 per cent in 2000 to 55 per cent in 2014. Among the under-35s in that income bracket (those… [Read More]


Not all caution is fearmongering in the EU debate

David Cameron’s idea that the Calais asylum seeker camps could move to Kent after Brexit is the latest example of argument over Britain’s future in which the Remain case is labelled ‘scaremongering’. Last week the Leave side had a similar experience with the Daily Mail running the headline ‘Quit the EU to save our NHS:… [Read More]


Is the government’s focus on weekend mortality doing more harm than good?

11 February 2016

The BMA has rejected the government’s final offer for the new junior doctors’ contract. Linked with the recommendation from Sir David Dalton, the chief negotiator in the dispute and chief executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, that the government now does ‘whatever it deems necessary’ to end the uncertainly of the situation to the… [Read More]


Has a better lifestyle reduced cancer death rates?

4 February 2016

Although more people are being diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year, due to an increasing and ageing population, the overall death rate from cancer is reducing. Such is the upbeat conclusion to be drawn from figures published by Cancer Research UK today, to mark world cancer day. In short, cancer is becoming less… [Read More]


The EU red card could hurt UK interests as well as help them

2 February 2016

One of the main achievements David Cameron is claiming from his renegotiation talks with European heads of state and the EU Council President is a new red card system for national parliaments. It seems that if 55% of parliaments (those of 16 countries) vote against an EU proposal then it will be stopped. At first… [Read More]


Why would nurses choose to work in London?

7 January 2016

Unlike for other professions, where there are far more employment opportunities in London than elsewhere, nurses are almost always in demand regardless of geographical location as people get ill every day across the country. So why choose to work in London if vacancies exist nationwide and living costs in the capital remain astronomical? According to… [Read More]


What do we mean when we ask ‘Can Britain survive Brexit?’

23 December 2015

This question, or variants of it, has already been posed many times in the EU debate. Lord Rose and Sir John Major, both key Remain voices, have said that we could survive Brexit. It is time to define our basic terms. We need parameters to discuss this survival. The most literal reading of the term… [Read More]


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