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…

Panic at the disco?

By Fraser Raleigh The government’s policy on nightclubs was thrown into confusion yesterday, as less than 24 hours after opening them without restrictions, the Prime Minister said that vaccine passports would be required from September.  The move is being seen as a warning to the roughly 35% of 18–34-year-olds who have not yet taken up…

Will ‘freedom day’ imprison businesses in a governance nightmare?

By Andrew Adie Happy Freedom Day. Boris Johnson is spending today in isolation, along with the Chancellor (after an incredibly quick U-turn yesterday) and with more than a million others across the UK. Nevertheless, the government has maintained that today represents an ‘irreversible’ return to normality, with the removal of the remaining pandemic restrictions in…

National Food Strategy – Part Two

By Will McMyn This morning’s papers were awash with headlines about new taxes on sugar and salt as the second (and final) part of the National Food Strategy was published. While the name gives the document the air of official government policy, it is in fact an independent report with recommendations for policymakers. The government,…

The Transport Decarbonisation Plan is finally here

By Imogen Shaw Today marks the long-awaited publication of the Government’s landmark Transport Decarbonisation Plan for England. The oft-delayed plan outlines the Government’s targets, timelines and approach for decarbonising the UK’s highest-emitting sector. In his statement to the Commons earlier, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps highlighted that the measures announced today include linking local infrastructure funding…

Marking 60 years of Prime Minister’s Questions. A brief history

By Tim Le Couilliard Prime Ministers Question’s, or PMQs as they are referred to, are the centrepiece of British politics in the House of Commons, and this week marks the 60th anniversary of the first-ever session. PMQs are an opportunity for the Leader of the Opposition and pre-agreed other MPs to grill the Prime Minister…

Can the government afford to get into a row with the England football team?

By Gareth Jones As we head towards the summer recess, the government appears to be facing difficulties on a number of fronts. The decision to end most coronavirus restrictions in England on July 19 is attracting increasing levels of concern from scientists and the general public -and today’s parliamentary vote on cuts to foreign aid…

Will Freedom Day really be free?

By Aimee Howard Prime Minister Boris Johnson is shortly expected to confirm that the final easing of lockdown rules in England will go ahead on 19 July. Dubbed ‘Freedom Day’, it’s been billed as the end of pandemic restrictions in the UK and a return to normality. The move to ‘stage four’ is set to…