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That UK prisons are overcrowded is well-known. That current recall practice is the second biggest drive behind the dramatic growth of the prison population is not. Nor is the concept of recall itself familiar to many. Despite its apparent innocuity, however, there are compelling arguments for a rethink of the practice’s use. What is recall? Recall refers to the practice of bringing offenders who are out on licence or parole back into prison. A person may be recalled if they…
The Chancellor is steering our economy through choppier waters. The Office for Budget Responsibility has forecast weak growth for the UK economy over the next few years while just last week the deputy governor for monetary policy of the Bank of England warned that Brexit could negatively affect productivity. One way of boosting the economy would be to further increase the employment rate of women. According to the Government’s Women’s Business Council, equalising the participation rate between men and women…
Much of the UK’s land area – 71% – is devoted to agriculture overseen by farmers, land owners, and land managers. The rules and arrangements which govern those groups, therefore, can have a profound impact on the country’s natural environment. Currently, rural activity and natural environment policies are funded and administered disparately by both the EU and the UK Government, across a number of different schemes. But by leaving the EU, and by extension the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the…
Monday, 20 November 2017 10:22

Idreece Khan: Left to Right

I am what you would call an unnatural conservative. My grandparents moved to the U.K in the sixties and spent their entire lives involved in Labour politics. Indeed, most of my family to this day are staunch Labour supporters. I grew up in a part of the country that was extremely safe Labour territory. My dad would often joke that the red rosette would win, even if it were to be placed on a baboon. I even spent a large…
Over the last several months, fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), electronic gambling machines which lurk in betting shops, have been the subject of deep opprobrium, from the puritan left to Guido Fawkes. They are addictive and harmful, goes the charge, and finally the government has proposed a set of restrictions on them. Yet from a liberal perspective, driven by the harm principle (Mill’s dictum that people’s actions should be restricted only when they harm other individuals), it is not obvious…
Today’s most fundamental injustice is the lottery of birth. Conservatives should reject the socialist anathema of outcome inequalities; and instead make and prove the argument that capitalism can be a catalyst for, rather than a barrier against, closing this diversion between potential and prospects. Injustice found in institutions designed to achieve justice surely burns most. Much on the agenda recently have been worrying disparities, regarding, for example, the disproportionately high BAME prison population. If adjusted for arrests, however, it is…
Basic marketing practice generally means identifying a segment of people with common characteristics and then trying to attract them. These common characteristics could be attitudes, interests or behaviours. Sometimes they are geographic or gender-related, both often pre-suppose other common traits. Politicians in the UK seem to believe “millennials” are a single segment of 17 million people, or a quarter of the population. What they have in common is that they were born between 1980 and 2000. Some, in their late…
Justice has always been a principle at the heart of conservative politics – from Baldwin’s talk of a ‘union of all classes’ to the introduction of same-sex marriage in 2013 by David Cameron. Injustice is inimical to the basic conservative premise that a country’s heritage and institutions can only be preserved through harmony between all segments of society – men and women, city and town, rich and poor. It is precisely this which makes it so urgent to address one…
As Brexit dominates our political narrative, here is a domestic policy that would brighten all of our days: modernising our daylight saving system and bringing it into line with 21st century living and working. As we approach the end of British Summer Time, and the days become shorter, that means millions more of us sleeping through the sunlit mornings, turning the lights on earlier to keep out the dark and finding less time for leisure and physical activity. It also…
One word seldom associated with European elections in recent months, if not years, is “sleep”. Yet this was precisely how many German pundits labelled this year’s Federal Election campaign: as Chancellor Angela Merkel seemingly effortlessly headed for a fourth consecutive term, the word “Schlafwahlkampf” – literally “sleep election campaign” – made the rounds in the press. All the ruder was the awakening upon the release of the exit poll at 6pm on 24 September. Whilst Merkel’s Christian Democrats did comfortably…

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