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UCLOpinion is the home for opinion and expertise from around the UCL academic community on topical social and political issues. Views expressed are those of the authors, and not of UCL.

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Chris Husbands

Conservative education plans are poetic - but are they practical?

Each year, the Queen’s speech marks the point where the poetry of aspiration gets translated into the hard slog of legislation and implementation. The Conservative manifesto for education was certainly bold and aspirational, writes Professor Chris Husbands (UCL Institute of Education) in The Conversation. More...

Published: May 28, 2015 11:47:27 AM


Against the Grain: Central planners don’t get incentives – but markets can be faulty too

Perhaps the most enjoyable outcome of the General Election is the abuse now being heaped on the metropolitan liberal elite from many quarters. Theirs is truly a difficult mindset to comprehend, based as it is on an unshakeable belief in their own omniscience, writes Dr Paul Ormerod (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in City AM. More...

Published: May 27, 2015 9:54:32 AM


The jailed opposition leader who might hold the key to Venezuela’s future

Leopoldo López, Venezuela’s most prominent opposition leader, resurfaced on May 23 after a year locked away in a military prison. In a four-minute video, he announced that he was going on hunger strike, and called on Venezuelans to renew their peaceful anti-government protests, writes Dr Marco Aponte-Moreno and Lance Lattig (both UCL Management Science & Innovation) in The Conversation.

Published: May 26, 2015 4:29:07 PM

Matt Pope

Discovered: stone tools that go back beyond earliest humans

Archaeologists have discovered stone artefacts in Kenya dating back to 3.3m years ago – making them the oldest stone tools yet discovered. The finding pushes back the record of stone tools by 700,000 years. While the tools predate the earliest known representative of our own genus, Homo, it is not yet possible to pin down exactly which species created the tools, writes Dr Matt Pope (UCL Institute of Archaeology) in The Conversation. More...

Published: May 21, 2015 1:04:42 PM


Wider appeal isn’t what a dying Labour should worry about – it’s core voters

Could Labour disappear? The party has been a prominent feature of British politics for a century, but could we now see it just vanish? There is a clear historical precedent, writes Dr Paul Ormerod (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in City AM. More...

Published: May 20, 2015 3:11:00 PM