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.
Peter Ellis, in part 2 of his review of the UK government’s handling of the pandemic, explains three initiatives that would keep a handle on the pandemic.
Steve and Tim discuss the magic money tree that can fund a £37 billion failed test and trace programme, but can’t fund a proper pay rise for nurses.
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.
Dr Stella Perrott digs into a report by the Home Office about the dreadful state of accommodation for asylum seekers. “The Home Office has put vulnerable and traumatised refugees into decrepit, squalid and dangerous accommodation and has, effectively, imprisoned them there.”
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.
Roger Winterbottom admires Dominic Cummings’ honesty in explaining how the special adviser’s chums somehow came to be the recipients of large government contracts without any competition.
Taking a look into how children’s gendered playtime is shaping their future. An opinion from an intrigued student.
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 […]
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!”
Historic structural and cultural barriers within the NHS, the ‘one size fits all’ mentality of Whitehall, and the ‘blame-game’ culture of politics, were several factors that stifled innovation and success.
Chaired by Bylines Network coordinator Louise Houghton, the conversation covers the threats facing democracy in the 21st century, from press freedom to our antiquated voting system.
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.”
Sue Wilson explains about the £2.5 million the government has committed to remove the limit that British expats face when voting. Will they reward the government for allowing them to vote or punish them for their lack of voice in the Brexit referendum?
Brian McHugh examines the issue of declining sperm count throughout the Western world, and what this means for the future. “The current state of reproductive affairs can’t continue much longer without threatening human survival”
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.
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.
Lord Frost has barely settled into his new role before breaking an international treaty and unilaterally extending until October the 3-month grace period that the UK government declared in December last year was not renewable having committed itself to being fully ready by 1 April.
Steve and Tim discuss the huge possibilities on offer when growing vegetables in your car boot. And tunnels. Catch up with the conversation!
Marc Limon explains the areas that the UK government will have to work on in order to ensure a working relationship with the EU. What path would Sir Keir Starmer take and what would this mean for Labour?
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.
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 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.
We need a new philosophy of poverty and wealth that incorporates an understanding of what constitutes a ‘good life’ and an explicit discussion about who is valued in our society and why.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.”
Jack Barnett lays out the support schemes that the government are set to implement to aid the post-pandemic economy. Tackling unemployment will be a central goal, as will tweaking the tax system.
Rishi Sunak’s latest video tries to paint him as the hero of the pandemic, yet he cannot erase his role in accelerating it and preventing the most vulnerable from getting help during it.