Section: UK

Labour’s Brexit radio silence ends

Jane Thomas

It seems that Labour is finally getting its act together on holding the government’s feet to the fire over Brexit, after what has appeared like a few months of sidestepping the issue.

The known unknowns that may decide the Johnson premiership

Alex Toal

Alex Toal examines the known unknowns that may well define the Johnson premiership: the NHS pay dispute and the return to schools. Should they fail to go to plan, knock-on effects may disrupt the local elections and hamper either his or Keir Starmer’s leadership.

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“Say ah!” Rishi Sunak’s modern day medicine show

Greg Healey and Debra Stretton

The big con – that public sector cuts offer the only effective route to debt and deficit reduction, through cutting wages and services – has done immeasurable harm to our country. It is not and never has been about fiscal consolidation, but instead serves a hidden libertarian, right-wing agenda that seeks to shrink government and cut worker rights and protections in the name of illusory and bogus freedoms.

International Women's Day

Amy Walmsley and the Women of Bedford

Sapphire Boast with Yorkshire Bylines

Leaving aside Greek goddess or half-naked nymphs, there are 71 statues of women in the UK, of which 46 represent royalty. In contrast, there are 517 statues of men, 19 of which are royals. Throughout history, and across the globe, women’s achievements have tended to be overlooked and undervalued, often written out of the history […]

International Women's Day

IWD: battle-axes and shield-maidens

Pen Hemingway

Pen Hemingway looks at the examples of strong women over the years, with clear evidence that women warriors have existed across cultures. Women have fought throughout history. So, to all battle-axes and shield-maidens out there – “shield wall!”

When will the government recognise animal sentience in UK law?

Pauline Allon

Pauline Allon looks at the battle to protect animal rights from future trade deals, and the need to recognise animal sentience. “The legal requirement to acknowledge that animals are sentient creatures that will go furthest towards guarding against the importing of meat from cruelly raised animals.”

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The truth about asylum seekers in the UK

Reanna Smith

Reanna Smith, in her first article for Yorkshire Bylines, explains how 2020 saw a rise in myths and misconceptions around asylum seekers, namely that they are economic migrants and that there is ‘no room’ for them in the UK.

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Sturgeon, Salmond and women in politics – it’s still a jungle out there

Charlie McCarthy

This whole episode is a sad day for Scottish politics and for Alex Salmond personally. The SNP has energised the Scottish electorate in a way that other parties would give their eye teeth for. They have inspired a nation and given hope of a better future to more than just those living in Scotland. Now to stand on the brink of having the most popular national politician, who happens to be a woman, brought down by her former mentor and colleague, is a potential setback on many levels.

Brazil variant: did the chancellor budget for test and trace failures?

Jane Thomas

A failed track and trace programme. Locking down too late, lifting too early. The fact that the quarantine compliance is voluntary and not enforced (as in other countries). An incomprehensible border policy. It’s this that has cost the economy as much as anything. And that’s what the chancellor should have concentrated on today, and be fixing tomorrow.

Budget blues from the Blues

Andy Brown

this budget is good at sounding good. As for genuine new thinking and policies that seriously face up to the challenges of an economy in crisis, then that has been much harder to detect. This is a chancellor who told us that getting out of the European Union would help business and provide a boost to the British economy. As the slow burn damage of that decision starts to kick in, we’re entitled to have our doubts. Is Sunak’s judgment really to be trusted?

Sunak’s budget reflects its author: bland, corporate and ineffective

Alex Toal

Sunak is neither the people’s chancellor of Conservative media, nor the evil banker of the online left. His budget reveals him as a product of inoffensive corporate Britain: with no courage to cause controversy among the various constituencies of the Conservative base, it has little to offer business or the country.

Hapless DEFRA secretary Eustice humiliated and schooled by the EU

Anthony Robinson

The EU shellfish issue has further exposed the total incompetence of those who campaigned for Brexit and, having ‘taken back control’, now find themselves in positions of power. In what must surely rank as one of the most humiliating letters ever received by a UK government minister, DEFRA Secretary George Eustice has had to be […]

Freeport plans signal turbulent times ahead

Jane Thomas

Just as there’s no such thing as a free lunch, this is true of freeports too. There will be costs, and it’s likely to be cash-strapped local authorities picking up the tab, again. This is unlikely to be a root and branch attack on the inequalities in the UK, and it adds little to the levelling-up agenda. We should expect better from the chancellor.

Facebook backs down after wrongly banning me

Jon Danzig

But isn’t the point of human rights that they should give equal rights to ALL humans; to you and to me; even to criminals, and even to those humans we do not like? Once basic rights are taken away from one human, the basic protections for all humans are eroded. Yours. Mine. Everyone’s.

Open letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Sue Wilson

Sue Wilson writes to Matt Hancock, to offer her support and well-intentioned advice. “You’ve been getting a lot of stick lately over the whole ‘contracts for cronies’ scandal. I appreciate that these are times of national crisis, and that normal rules don’t apply, but you need some better excuses I’m afraid.”