Centre WritePolitics
October 19, 2023

Marie Goneta: The UK can do better on supporting migrants in reapplying their qualifications

Economic migrants and refugees take massive risks when leaving their former lives behind and moving to a foreign country. But, even after they arrive, they face several barriers to achieving…
Centre WriteLaw & JusticePolitics
October 19, 2023

Henry Weston: It is time to stop the over-politicisation of the office of Attorney General

Over the last three years, Conservative ministers have embraced the line that ‘lefty lawyers’ frustrate government policy, with Suella Braverman arguing that they have undermined the judicial system. In fact,…
Centre WriteHealth & Social CarePolitics
October 18, 2023

William Morris: A new programme of National Service would help tackle our mental health epidemic

There is no escaping the continuing apocalyptic diagnoses about the state of young people’s mental health in this country. The news cycle regularly informs us about new record levels of…
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October 2, 2023

Bartek Staniszewski: Public attitudes towards the plight of and policies for younger people

Introduction Younger people in this country are disillusioned with the Conservative Government. Only 1% of 18-24-year-olds in the UK intend to vote for the Conservatives in the next election, according…
Centre WriteEducationHealth & Social CarePoliticsTowns & DevolutionWelfare
September 18, 2023

Annabelle Walker: Childcare needs more than just demand side reform

The childcare crisis in the United Kingdom is more than just a pressing social issue; it's a ticking time bomb with profound economic repercussions. The UK’s broken childcare system is…
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September 8, 2023

The Rt Hon Sir Robert Buckland MP: The Rwanda scheme needs to be fairer, or we risk alienating voters

Since its very inception, the principle of fairness has been the very foundation of the justice system in this country. Indeed, something cannot be fair if it is not just,…
Centre WriteHealth & Social CarePoliticsTowns & Devolution
September 4, 2023

Finn O’Hare: The Government can’t keep leaving sports on the bench

With one in six deaths in the UK being associated with physical inactivity it seems incredulous that tackling something as manageable as inactivity crisis has not been made more of…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentTowns & DevolutionTransport
August 29, 2023

Matte Sandroshvili: Create streets for pedestrians to tackle air pollution

In the heart of one of the world’s most iconic cities, a silent but deadly challenge looms large. Ninety-nine percent of London exceeds the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recommended pollution…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinancePolitics
August 14, 2023

Cormac Evans: To boost workers rights you need to cut corporation tax

Workers' rights in the UK are in dire need of improvement. According to a report from the ITUC, the International Trade Union Congress, the UK is rated as a “regular…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinanceHousing & HomelessnessPoliticsTowns & Devolution
August 14, 2023

Nathan Stone: Does Japan hold the key to fixing the UK’s housing crisis?

If you aspire to one day own your own home, or for people you love to share in that ambition, Britain’s backlog of 4.3 million homes should concern you. Homeownership…
Centre WriteHealth & Social CarePolitics
August 9, 2023

Taylor Ross: The decline of funding in the adult social care sector

The number of people in the UK aged 65 years or over increased from 9.2 million in 2011 to over 11 million in 2021, and the proportion of people aged…
Centre WritePoliticsTransport
July 31, 2023

Miles Bassett: Tory Mayor Candidate Susan Hall should champion Heathrow

It’s become fashionable in the Conservative party over the last few years to view London as an afterthought. However, the party is forgetting what an asset London is to the…
Bartlomiej StaniszewskiCentre WriteEconomy & FinanceHousing & HomelessnessTowns & Devolution
July 31, 2023

Bartek Staniszewski: The Government’s housing strategy leaves too many things unsaid

I was once listening to a young woman give a talk at a pub, and the topic, naturally, turned to housing. She told us she had given up on looking…
Centre Write
July 13, 2023

Louise King: Children’s rights are being eroded – the Government must take action

In early June, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN Committee) published its verdict on how well the UK is respecting children’s rights. While it recognised some…
Centre WriteHealth & Social CarePolitics
June 28, 2023

Taylor Ross: A mental health crisis is breaking the NHS

For all the clapping we did, after the pandemic, healthcare workers, who had to bear the brunt of it, showed extreme signs of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. In…
Centre WriteForeignPoliticsThomas Nurcombe
June 16, 2023

Thomas Nurcombe: Chinese exploitation is rife in the Caribbean – where is Britain?

The Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly MP, has been on a mission to bolster ties between Britain and the Latin American and Caribbean region, visiting Jamaica, Colombia, Chile and Brazil. After…
Centre Write
June 15, 2023

Alp Yilmaz: Without thriving bus routes, rural communities will fade away

Much Hadham is an unexceptional village in terms of bus connections - its two-thousand residents are served by the Intalink 351 bus once every two hours. For anything more than…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentLaw & JusticePoliticsWill Prescott
June 12, 2023

Will Prescott: Clean air schemes can’t forget those who are disabled

Labelled the ‘invisible killer’, air pollution causes health problems throughout people’s lifetimes and is responsible for between 26,000-38,000 deaths in England each year. Unfortunately, recent measures to tackle the problem,…
Centre Write
May 25, 2023

Abby Ma: Tackling long-term vacant homes will help alleviate the housing crisis

It is ironic that despite a housing and homelessness crisis in the UK, there are more than 34,000 homes remaining ‘long-term vacant’, vandalised, and their garden overgrown that are supposed…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinanceEducationPoliticsTowns & Devolution
May 24, 2023

Douglas Ross: Scotland needs a skills revolution

With Scotland’s ageing population and stagnating economy we need far more focus in our politics on our skills strategy, if we are to boost productivity and provide the growth of…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentForeignThomas Nurcombe
April 18, 2023

Thomas Nurcombe: The IPCC’s report shows how crucial nuclear energy will be to get to net zero.

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) nervously awaited climate report has just been released. It concludes that current attempts to mitigate climate change are failing. The world is…
Centre Write
April 14, 2023

Henry Horton: 15-Minute Cities: Solution or a Socialist Conspiracy?

One would have thought the Oxford city council announcing plans for more compact and pedestrianised urban planning this March would be a relatively mundane event. The small English city has…
Centre WriteForeignHuman Rights & DiscriminationImmigration & IntegrationLaw & Justice
April 4, 2023

Roni Greenfield: The Government’s Immigration Bill is not enough to stop the small boats

On the 7th of March, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced, in a bid to deliver one of his five pledges, new laws designed to curb illegal immigration. Sunak’s plan was…
Centre WriteForeignHuman Rights & DiscriminationImmigration & IntegrationLaw & Justice
March 21, 2023

Tanya Gauthier: Australia shows why the Immigration Bill will not stop the boats

Recently, the Government introduced an ‘Illegal Migration Bill’ that would detain or quickly deport all asylum seekers if they entered the UK illegally. Not only is this policy inhumane but…
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March 20, 2023

Thomas Nurcombe: Want to cut climate migrants? Boost foreign aid spending

The migrant crisis is currently at the centre stage of British politics. On Tuesday, Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, unveiled her plans for the prevention of migrants arriving to the…
Centre Write
March 2, 2023

Cameron Philp: Rethinking student finance in England and Wales

The change from grants to maintenance loans in England and Wales was intended to improve student perceptions of the value of higher education, have a positive effect on long-term public…
Centre WriteHousing & HomelessnessTowns & Devolution
March 2, 2023

Andrew Forsey: Auto-enrollment is the key to fixing our broken welfare system

There is one characteristic which is shared by some of the most efficient and effective parts of the modern welfare state: auto-enrolment.  Whether it is for workplace pensions, Cost of…
Centre Write
February 20, 2023

Drew Siegal: The liberal-conservative case for recreational marijuana legalisation

In the United Kingdom, if an individual wants to gamble on a football match, they can place a bet online in the comfort of their own home. After placing the…
Centre WriteHousing & HomelessnessTowns & Devolution
January 24, 2023

Mikhail Korneev: The problem of anti-homeless architecture is still here

After the mess and fuss of the recent years in UK politics, one begins to look back on the early 2010s with warmth. A time when the most pressing stories…
Centre WriteEconomy & Finance
January 19, 2023

Cllr Jude D’Alesio: How can public policy help reduce fuel poverty?

Introduction When Sir Robert Peel wrote the Tamworth Manifesto, he advanced from conventional, Wellingtonite Conservatism and gained nearly 100 additional seats in the 1835 general election as a result. So…
Centre WriteLaw & Justice
January 18, 2023

Joshua Taggart: Japan’s turn to the West offers a clear opportunity for Global Britain

The West is looking to forge new alliances in the face of authoritarian state threats from Russia, China and Iran. A major strategic push has been made by both the…
Centre WriteEducation
January 13, 2023

James Hibbert: Will T Levels be a success?

With graduates struggling to find work and the UK suffering from a simultaneous skills shortage, the Government will hope the new T Level scheme is their golden ticket to fixing…
Centre WriteData & TechEconomy & FinanceImmigration & Integration
January 9, 2023

Alison Conway: How increasing financial inclusion is advancing gender equality: progress so far and next steps

In recent years, technological developments in the payments industry and beyond, from open banking to electronic wallets, have undoubtedly improved financial inclusion for women. For some businesses and individuals in…
Centre WriteHome
January 4, 2023

Ryan Shorthouse: A new chapter for Bright Blue in 2023

Last month, I announced that I’m stepping down as Chief Executive of Bright Blue. I do so very happy and grateful. Thank you to all the people who have supported the organisation:…
Centre WriteEducation
December 19, 2022

Luke Tryl: Culture war concerns are distracting from post-pandemic classroom concerns

Recently, the Government published the first external observations of primary school pupils’ performance since before the pandemic. The results were not a surprise, but that did not make them any…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinanceHousing & HomelessnessTowns & Devolution
December 16, 2022

Mikhail Korneev: A homelessness crisis is on the horizon?

Recent data published by the UK government reveals signs of a potential homelessness crisis in England. Sensitivity to energy price volatility may make social housing rent unaffordable. If there is…
Centre WriteMax JablonowskiPolitics
December 14, 2022

Max Jablonowski: The House of Lords Appointments Commission needs reform now

Keir Starmer has boldly promised to reform the House of Lords to “restore trust in politics” and to filter out the “lackeys and donors.” Starmer’s calls for reform come after…
Centre WriteLaw & Justice
December 9, 2022

Lee Marsons: Why the government should abandon the Bill of Rights Bill

Dominic Raab’s Bill of Rights Bill is back on the agenda. This Bill gets rid of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and replaces it with a new Bill of…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinanceHousing & HomelessnessTowns & Devolution
December 1, 2022

Mikhail Korneev: Navigating the declining housing market

Fourteen years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the implementation of austerity, the memory of the 2007-2008 global financial crisis remains vivid. The spike in mortgage rates after the…
Centre WritePolitics
November 25, 2022

Darren Hughes: Levelling up by devolving down

England is the poor relation of the UK when it comes to democracy. Despite a decade that has had a raft of elected mayors, metro mayors, and police and crime…
Centre WriteHome
November 22, 2022

Ryan Shorthouse: Looking back after eight years at Bright Blue

I really don’t know where the time has gone but, after eight and half years, I’m today announcing that I’m stepping down as Chief Executive of Bright Blue. I will…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinanceEnergy & EnvironmentForeign
November 18, 2022

Sang-Hwa Lee: Should Britain pay ‘loss and damage’ climate reparations?

In international climate discourse, ‘loss and damage’ refers to the destructive and irreversible consequences of global warming that cannot be avoided by mitigation or adaptation. The devastation may arise from…
Centre WriteCoronavirusData & TechEconomy & FinanceEducationPoliticsTowns & Devolution
November 11, 2022

Good Things Foundation: How much does it pay to be “tech savvy” now?

Last time we were here, we were battling the first wave of Omicron. Since then the world around us has dramatically changed: a war, an economic crisis, unprecedented political upheaval…
Centre WritePolitics
November 11, 2022

Hannah White OBE: Pushing the political boundaries?

The British constitution divides opinion. While some laud its gradualism, stability, and flexibility as having served the country well over centuries, others criticise it as both outdated excessively malleable, and…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentPolitics
November 9, 2022

Bartlomiej Staniszewski: A true blue should always go green

Despite the progress made on net zero by past Conservative governments, there lingers a danger that right-wing voters and politicians are abandoning their environmental commitments. According to YouGov, 70% of…
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November 6, 2022

Picking up the pieces: tackling littering and fly-tipping in England

Introduction England is heavily littered, resulting in many detrimental economic, environmental, and social consequences. In 2021, Bright Blue published our report Nature positive? examining in detail the UK public’s attitudes…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinancePolitics
October 12, 2022

Jonas Balkus: The removal of the banker’s bonus cap: potential impacts

One of the main priorities of Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng in the ‘mini Budget’ was to boost growth against the backdrop of a global recession. With the UK having the lowest…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentHousing & HomelessnessPoliticsTowns & Devolution
October 12, 2022

Andrius Urbelis: The government must act to reform commonhold in England

In 2002 the government was presented with a once-in-a-century challenge. Most of the residential leases granted at the beginning of the previous century were expiring. To provide a potential solution…
Centre WriteData & Tech
September 20, 2022

Hannah Sneath: It is time for DCMS to tackle disinformation online

Disinformation or “fake news” has occupied much of the UK’s political and social discourse over recent years. Measures to control the issue must be reformed before the threat to online…
Centre WriteEducationPoliticsTransport
September 5, 2022

Cllr Eleanor Cox: Overcoming the Great British Skills Crisis

Manufacturing was at the beating heart of the British economy and is at the centre of our long-term recovery from the pandemic. It is also a key part of Britain…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
September 2, 2022

Sam Fankhauser: Big but not bossy

In his landmark 2006 review of the economics of climate change, Lord Nicholas Stern asserted that “climate change is the greatest market failure in the world.” Market failures are a…
Centre WriteDefenceForeignPolitics
August 24, 2022

William Miller: What should NATO’s approach be to the Russian-Ukraine conflict moving forward?

Despite all the sanctions that many NATO nations have imposed on Russia - including travel bans and asset freezes of individuals, bans on imports and exports of key Russian materials…
Centre WriteEconomy & Finance
August 24, 2022

Adam Kearns: If you’re a true capitalist, then you should support working from home

For many people, COVID-19 was a dark period best forgotten, but we are beginning to see the pandemic’s lasting effect on politics and society. One of the more interesting impacts…
Centre WritePolitics
August 18, 2022

Graham Allen: The death of democracy?

US President Joe Biden was right to say in his inauguration week and repeat after that the greatest political battle we have to confront is between autocracy and democracy. While…
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August 11, 2022

Ella King: Sunak and Truss should think twice before abandoning all EU trade laws

Throughout the Conservative leadership race between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, the economy has been a focal point in the bid to be the next Prime Minister and Leader of…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinanceEnergy & Environment
August 8, 2022

Edward Forman: Producing LIBs domestically is the only way to be self-sufficient

Gazprom, Russia’s largest natural gas company, has once again curtailed its gas supply to Europe. The ‘gas war’ between Russia and the West, which has only continued to spiral, has…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
August 4, 2022

Ted Christie-Miller: Making greenwashing history

Everyone should know what ‘greenwashing’ means by now. It is when a company or organisation is focused more on how they market themselves as environmentally friendly, rather than actually minimising…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
July 29, 2022

Professor Rebecca Willis: Citizens reign?

A comment from a participant in the Net Zero Diaries initiative sums up the mood of many: “Debating and making pledges is one thing. Are they going to act?” Net…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinanceHealth & Social Care
July 28, 2022

Martin Guy: Reform primary care funding or live with long waiting times

Primary care is under significant pressure. Waiting times have been increasing, with the average wait time for a non-urgent face-to-face GP appointment being 10 days; up by 15% since last…
Centre Write
July 22, 2022

Frank Carson: How savings can save the world

It’s fair to say that ‘pensions’ is not a word that gets people’s hearts racing. Indeed, not a word that people like to talk about much at all, but as…