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Northern schools are failing our children, and it’s putting the Northern Powerhouse at risk

Special Education Report Poor levels of educational attainment in the North are threatening to undermine the North’s potential for future economic growth, according to Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw [1]. In a report published in 2016, it was revealed that Northern schools are lagging far behind their Southern counterparts in terms of student outcomes [2]. A separate cross-party study...

Published on 20 Jan 2019

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The Brexit Problem: No Deal, a Customs Union or a People’s Vote

By George Muscat Theresa May’s record defeat on Tuesday night felt like a seismic moment in British history. What was already a parliamentary quandary, is now – and arguably for some time has been – a national crisis. National crises need strong, decisive national leadership. Instead, we are confronted by the absurd reality that neither leader is willing to sacrifice...

Published on 18 Jan 2019

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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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