Monarchy and equality in the 21st century

IN 2019, RESEARCHERS at the University of Sheffield argued persuasively that the UK may be going through a process of ‘undevelopment’, which they defined as “the dismantling, rather than the building, of a viable, functioning political economy that...

Why all 16-year-olds should have a vote

AT THE 1977 CCONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE, 16-year-old William Hague made a speech in which he conjured up what he feared was the imminent and dreadful prospect of a “Socialist Britain”. With Margaret Thatcher and many delegates captivated by the rare...

Thank you to a great generation

MOST OF US who have reached middle age or beyond can look back to our younger days and think of a year which really set the course for the rest of our lives. In our late teens or twenties, what happened in a single year was often highly significant. Whether we started...

Love, politics, and Universal Basic Income

LONDON MAYORAL CANDIDATE Shaun Bailey recently said that if people were given a Universal Basic Income (UBI) they would spend it on ‘lots of drugs’.  This was widely reported. Less widely reported was the response of Dr Simon Duffy, speaking in the same meeting, where...

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