Who pays? The electoral politics of social care reform

By Christine Quigley Today, the Guardian reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing resistance from at least five Cabinet Ministers and a number of Conservative politicians to his plans to raise National Insurance to fund social care. In recent days, suggestions have emerged that the Prime Minister plans to increase National Insurance by 1p…

Is the staycation here to stay?

By Alice Wilkinson In August, I am going on staycation. This is partly because I have a toddler, and I cannot even begin to imagine how I would handle foreign travel with a small child in tow.  But it is more than this. With foreign countries constantly sliding on and off the green and amber…

Government hopes for clean Bill of health

By Joe Cooper The government’s plans for healthcare reform have been back in the news this week with the announcement of a three percent pay rise for NHS staff yesterday, and the news that the anticipated proposals on social care have been delayed. However, flying somewhat under the radar has been the government’s flagship healthcare reform legislation – the Health and Care Bill.   So…

UNESCO walk alone

By Perry Miller I have to admit that, until yesterday, I was fully unaware that ‘Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City’ was a UNESCO World Heritage site, up there with the likes of Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China. One of 32 such sites in the UK, it had won this accolade thanks to…

Is continued Quantitative Easing stoking the inflationary fire?

By George Esmond Easing coronavirus restrictions may be the country’s main concern, but there is a monetary worry that is the primary cause of unease for a number of senior economists. This week the Economic Affairs Committee for the House of Lords released its latest report under the pejorative headline – Quantitative Easing (QE): A…

Talking about talking: renegotiating the Northern Ireland Protocol

By Christine Quigley This afternoon, the UK Government dropped a 28-page Command Paper entitled Northern Ireland Protocol: The Way Forward, outlining a series of proposals for how the customs arrangements for Northern Ireland need to change, in its view. While the paper itself is relatively dry, this move from Government will have far-reaching implications for…

As GB News flames out, will we become our own TV news producers?

By Simon Gentry Andrew Neil promised it would be the alternative, but it turned out to be the same, albeit in a different hue – a view of the world from only one perspective. He’s now retreated, and GB News seems to be turning into a televised version of LBC rather than the serious news…

Why Prince Harry’s memoir may not serve its purpose

By Andrew Adie Today I had a vision. It was of a young man, walking out of the surf, ripped abs, pulling a microphone from behind his back and starting to sing “Mysterious Girl” then slowly spinning to camera to reveal he has the face of Prince Harry. Why? Because from a brand and reputation…