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Lords appointments urgently need reforming: but how?

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:00:37 +0000

The appointment of new peers last week has pushed the size of the Lords to its greatest since it was last reformed in 1999. Meg Russell highlights the issues behind having such a large and ‘unruly’ Upper House and argues the situation has now reached crisis point. Reform to both allow existing peers to depart […]

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Will the Scottish referendum produce ‘a decisive and respected outcome’?

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:00:34 +0000

With exactly one month to go until the referendum in Scotland, Barry K Winetrobe challenges the assumption that the outcome will resolve the independence debate. He explores scenarios where even a Yes vote might not (or perhaps even should not) produce an independent state. As the Scottish independence referendum campaign reaches its final days, it […]

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British Values? It’s time for schools to give students a future not a catch-phrase

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:00:37 +0000

Andy Thornton argues that the current emphasis ‘British Values’ can only have meaning if it is supported by better citizenship education in schools. The term ‘British Values’ has emerged as a catch-phrase to denote Britain’s take on liberal democracy. Beyond face-value, its political appeal is clear. It reaches into the UKIP electoral battleground, hinting that […]

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