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Review: Red Ellen

Bettrys Jones’ fiery portrayal of Ellen Wilkinson in Red Ellen, at the Lyceum this May, presents both the achievements and the failures of the remarkable Labour MP in the 1930s and 40s. Red Ellen manages to perfectly balance its portrayal of Ellen’s political passion and commitment without shying away from her failures and messy personal life.  Ellen […]

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The Conservative Party and the Politics of Pandemic Recovery

One could be forgiven for missing the announcement last week of the government’s decision to go ahead with the proposed 1.25% increase in National Insurance – a tax on earnings paid by both employer and employee set to come into force in April. The move, which ministers have repeatedly downplayed in recent media appearances, will […]

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The Labour Party: Dead In The Water?

Editors note: This article was originally submitted for publication on 13th October. Eighteen months into Keir Starmer tenure as leader of the Labour Party, he remains an anathema to the majority of the public. With very few definable policies and a lack of political mettle that has been consistently exposed in interviews, those who believe […]

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A year on, ‘Starmerism’ appears to be fizzling out

When Keir Starmer became leader of the Labour Party last year, many Labour members and voters were cautiously optimistic. With good experience in government, and a background in Labour’s soft left, his ascension promised to unify the party and restore it as a vibrant and eminently electable political force. But despite some initial enthusiasm in […]

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The Conservatives have become the party of fiscal irresponsibility

Our nation is facing a dire economic situation, the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1709. It is going to take three years to even get our GDP back to its 2019 level; unemployment could reach 2.6 million by the spring; countless businesses are going under; and in July, national debt was 100.5% of […]

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The government must value regional arts, not just those in London

After weeks of the arts being called “unviable” by the power players at Westminster, an advert from the government-backed “Cyber First” campaign – depicting a dancer surrounded by the caption “Fatima’s next job could be in cyber (she just doesn’t know that yet). Rethink. Reskill. Reboot” – has only served to pour more salt into […]

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An open letter to the government: fix your immigration plans

My younger sister has never, to my knowledge, displayed a lie on the side of a bus.  She has not yet achieved the dubious feat of making a meeting of adult men and women dutifully chant openly questioned numbers in response to questions about new hospitals, new nurses, new police officers. She did not persuade […]

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Is radical change needed to keep the BBC afloat?

With the government flailing about on the sinking ship of the UK right now, the BBC joins the line of public treasures — alongside the beloved NHS — which are set to be cast aside by the unabashedly hostile Conservative leadership. The intense vulnerability of the corporation was brought into the spotlight this week when […]