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The latest free school meals debacle shows governmental failure to provide for poor children

It would take a truly stupendous event to undermine the Brexit controversy that has engulfed the last four years, ultimately promoting Boris Johnson from mayor to Prime Minister. Covid-19 has burst like a tsunami through the public’s expectations of their politicians; crisis after crisis has led to social issues have been swept to one side […]

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Starmer must act decisively if he is to act as true opposition to the government

Back in September 2020, I wrote an article about how Keir Starmer had managed to claw back support and credibility for the Labour party.  Starmer’s embracing of consensus politics and good dispatch box performance contrasted nicely with the Tory government’s floundering pandemic response and Boris Johnson’s wanting leadership.  Subsequently, Labour experienced a surge in support […]

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Viva la Rashford Revolution

The pandemic has screwed Britons’ understanding of government. There is a dwindling consensus on the role of the state, and last week this came to a nasty head. In government discussions around free school meals, the question of who should feed children during the school holidays sparked some thorny but predictable answers. It was about time […]

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The Johnson Rule: Not going well is it?

Let’s cast our minds back a year, if that’s at all possible.  The country was waking up to Boris Johnson as Prime Minister; having just missed the latest Brexit deadline, Remainers were as hopeful as ever; ‘corona’ was just an exotic beer you drunk with lime; and most of all, though no one knew it, […]