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Blog / Brexit

Increasing Youth Turnout: The Case for Compulsory Voting in the UK

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It has long been the case that the over 40s have turned out to vote in larger numbers than their younger counterparts. While research shows that 64% of 18-24 year olds turned out to vote (a figure much higher than the claimed 36% by Skydata), this number should have been much higher …

Youth Parliament 2015
Blog / Brexit

Young People Need More Politics in School

Making domestic and international politics a key component of secondary education would improve political engagement of young people in the UK.  

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Politics should become a mandatory core subject at GCSE level and Scottish equivalent. There is currently no option to do this, the closest options given at this level are either ‘citizenship’ or ‘modern studies’ …

Brick Lane street sign in English and Bengali. Photo: James Cridland
Blog / Europe

Britain Must Harness the Language Skills of Its Diasporas

Brick Lane street sign in English and Bengali. Photo: James Cridland

The UK has a palpable and worrying deficit of language skills. Our judgement of foreign language necessity appears to be clouded by the notion that ‘everyone speaks English’. A 2013 investigation by the Confederation of British Industry reported that just 2% of British companies …

Flagging support. Photo: Dave Kellam
Blog / Europe

Here’s How You Should Vote in the EU Referendum

Flagging support. Photo: Dave Kellam

With the realisation that the 18-34 vote could swing the UK’s June 23 referendum on membership of the EU, there have been a lot of ham-handed attempts to recruit young voters to either side. Remain unveiled the widely mocked #Votein campaign and tried to harness the pure adrenaline of Ed …

Old men of Portugal by Curtis Foreman (Flikr Commons)
Blog / International Development

What to do about the “old bulge”

Old men of Portugal by Curtis Foreman (Flikr Commons)

This article will outline what the “old bulge” means and suggests some ways in which the challenges it presents can be dealt with by giving old people independence and allowing them to contribute to society.

The “old bulge”

Due to falling fertility rates and higher survival of …

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), November 2011
Africa / Asia

The Rhetorical Resurrection of the Commonwealth

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), November 2011. Photo Source: Annaleise McDonough via Flickr Creative Commons.

Born from a postcolonial climate in which Britain sought to maintain influence in its former territories, the ‘Commonwealth of Nations’ is, for some, a continued legacy of imperialism. Yet, for an increasing number of politicians, the Commonwealth now represents …

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Blog / Europe

The Future of Britain in the European Union

European Union Colours. Photo source: tristam sparks via Flickr Creative Commons.

In 2009, the European Union adopted its most important treaty in recent European history: the Lisbon Treaty. After eight waves of enlargements spread all through six decades, the European project had to evolve as it now represented more than 450 million people, dispersed throughout …

Special relationship under strain? Pete Souza/The White House via Wikimedia Commons
Asia / Blog

Britain and the AIIB: Is the US right to criticise?

Special relationship under strain? Pete Souza/The White House via Wikimedia Commons

On the 12th March 2015 Britain announced, to the surprise of many, that it would become a founding member of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). It was a move that has exposed cracks in the so-called ‘special relationship’ between the US and the UK, …

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Blog / Environment & Energy

The Great British Energy Crisis

Chapelcross Cooling Towers – via Flickr

The UN Climate Change Summit 2014 marked an important milestone for the future of UK energy policy, as indeed it did across the globe with renewed promises to cut total emissions by 80% by 2050 and to instigate a collective move towards Nuclear and Renewable energy. Whilst the UK …