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Time to Renew English Politics with More Devolution

In this opinion piece, Ben Carpenter explores the possibility that more devolution within England could solve some of the country's most pressing problems. Time to Renew English Politics with More Devolution In the 1975 EEC referendum, England voted in a landslide by 69% to 31% to say YES TO EUROPE. Yet 41 years later, England voted 53% in favour of...

Published on 17 Jan 2019

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If Your Office Ran Like the House of Commons

It's been said many times - our politicians get away with things that they never could in a 'normal' job. Postponed votes, subsidised drinks, lack of accountability... it's all there. So Renew thought: what if your office ran like the House of Commons? Go through the looking-glass below...   11.00am: It’s a Wednesday. Free UberBLACK ride to the office. Walk...

Published on 14 Jan 2019

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The New Model Railways – Public vs Private?

Rail fare hikes, unhappy passengers, poor service and a high-risk supply chain all make a perfect storm. Jeremy Corbyn wants to take the railways back into public ownership, but is that really the answer?   Brexit will have an impact on the supply chain for the railways if the goods and services are obtained from the EU. The extent of...

Published on 11 Jan 2019

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Brexit: Destruction of a Romance

Many of the criticisms of Brexit are grounded in law, regulation and economics. Through this narrative, it is easy to forget the beauty and artistic loss that Brexit also leads to - the loss of wider human interaction.   Wrapped up in the essence of this reckless and regressive move is the destruction of free movement of people and goods...

Published on 11 Jan 2019

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2019 Resolutions for the NHS?

We’ve just seen a 10-year plan for the NHS, and surely the most obvious questions is: “Why not before?” I have worked in the NHS as a hospital doctor since 1981 and have seen it grow, improve and deteriorate across different sectors in that period.   However, at no time has the situation been this dire, and for one single reason:...

Published on 09 Jan 2019

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Theresa May's Cocktail Party

Upon hearing the news that Theresa May is hosting two drinks receptions for Conservative MPs this week to try and sway them into voting for her Brexit deal, some friends - and foes – devised a cocktail menu for our Prime Minister to use*. She's even contributed a recipe herself. Have a sip below… I’m Old Fashioned – Jacob Rees-Mogg...

Published on 08 Jan 2019

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