Centre WriteForeign
July 7, 2022

Johnny Redford: The UK is forgetting its a soft power super-power

The merger of DFID and the FCO in 2020, an exciting prospect for uniting development and diplomacy, was shortly accompanied by the abandonment of the UK commitment, based on a…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentForeign
July 7, 2022

John Godfrey: Greening Capitalism

An ironic graffiti from Glasgow during COP26 read: “Cannae afford a carbon footprint”. As energy prices and the cost of living soar this spring, there is a risk that consumers…
Centre WriteData & TechDefence
June 30, 2022

David Keegan: Time to gear up for hybrid war

On February 24th the people of Ukraine woke to a deafening barrage of rocket fire striking both civilian and military infrastructure. War had broken out on the European continent for…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentHousing & Homelessness
June 17, 2022

Elia Simonet: Tackling Fuel Poverty in the UK

The recent increases in price-capped energy bills and rising inflation rates has provoked a ‘cost of living catastrophe’ in the UK. Emerging as a critical social crisis, fuel poverty is…
Centre WriteLaw & JusticePolitics
June 14, 2022

Lee Marsons: We need to be cautious about Human Rights Act reform

In the 2019 general election manifesto, the government promised a programme of constitutional reform rebalancing the relationship between the judiciary, government and Parliament (p.48). It then established the Independent Human…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentForeign
May 27, 2022

Liana Downey: A blueprint for phasing out coal in Australia

Technology and economics are shifting the energy landscape. Alongside the accelerating decarbonisation agenda of global finance, unanimous agreement to a global ‘phase-down’ of coal-fired generation at COP26 has pressured even…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentForeign
May 19, 2022

Mary Friel: Raising our resilience – Climate-related disasters are here and we need to be ready

Every day Red Cross Red Crescent staff and volunteers around the world are out there responding to emergencies and natural disasters. Across the 192 countries we work in, their message…
Centre WriteDefenceEnergy & EnvironmentTransport
May 17, 2022

Stefan Garcia: Space for Improvement? To interstellar Britain and beyond!

Space and the technologies that make it possible are an incredible asset to the UK. Though we have made major and promising strides in space technology, there is much more…
Centre WriteMediaPoliticsTowns & Devolution
May 17, 2022

Michael Stephens: Is it over for the Tories in London?

The May local election was not a happy one for southern Tories. With the notable exceptions of Croydon and Harrow, Conservative Councillors found themselves facing a backlash from voters which…
Centre WriteEconomy & FinanceEnergy & EnvironmentTransport
May 4, 2022

Ed Galvin: Why the government must harness the potential of railways

The Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) set out by the Secretary of State for Transport has promised to improve; transport links across the North and Midlands, reduce train times and improve…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
April 29, 2022

Frances O’Grady: Uniting for the future – Strong trade unions are allies in the green transition

The climate emergency is already transforming the jobs millions of us do. Trade unions are leading the call for a just transition to net zero, so we avoid the devastating…
Anvar SarygulovCentre WriteEconomy & FinanceEnergy & EnvironmentPolitics
April 26, 2022

Sam Robinson and Ryan Shorthouse: A vision for tax reform in the 2020s

Summary This report offers compelling principles and consequent policy ideas for an ambitious agenda of tax reform that tackles the leading economic, social and environmental challenges of the 2020s and…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
April 22, 2022

Tony Juniper CBE: Back to life – the vital link between restoring nature and net zero

It has been the case for some time now that environmental challenges have been seen primarily through the lens of carbon and climate change, whether this be in political discourse,…
Centre WriteForeignImmigration & Integration
April 21, 2022

Will Bennett: It’s time for the rubber to meet the road on national road pricing

Among the measures announced in last month’s Spring Statement was a 5p cut to fuel duty aimed at easing the skyrocketing cost of fuel crisis. This cut won't save the…
Centre WriteForeignImmigration & Integration
April 13, 2022

Bernard Wun: Britain needs a standard refugee crisis strategy for dealing with future refugee crises

As the war between Russia and Ukraine proceeds to the second month, the Ukrainian Refugee crisis continues to worsen. According to the United Nations’ refugee agency, more than 4 million…
Anvar SarygulovCentre WriteEconomy & FinanceHealth & Social Care
April 8, 2022

Anvar Sarygulov: Stepping up – public attitudes to addressing the cost of living crisis

Introduction The cost of living crisis is hitting the finances of British families hard: the Consumer Financial Confidence Index has dropped to the lowest score in a decade and inflation…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentForeign
April 7, 2022

Alastair Russell: Helping hand – We have to assist developing countries to go green

There is no bigger issue facing the developing world than climate change. It’s existential for all of us, but people in the poorest countries are on the front line far…
Centre WriteForeignJoseph Silke
March 31, 2022

Joseph Silke: Is the Commonwealth in trouble?

While NATO leaders have been shoring up the defences on their eastern flank, the Cambridges have been on a tour of the Caribbean to shore up the House of Windsor’s…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
March 31, 2022

Baroness Bennett and Lord Deben: Are capitalism and climate action compatible?

Dear Baroness Bennett, When I watched the wonderful sight of 100,000 people marching through the streets of Glasgow at COP26, I longed for the different denominations of Marxists sprinkled among…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
March 25, 2022

Ben Margolis: Grassroots gumption – Tackling climate change will be a community-wide effort

Stopping catastrophic climate change is the greatest political, social, and economic ambition humanity has ever put its mind to. The UK’s role in this is huge: it’s not just the…
Centre WriteData & Tech
March 21, 2022

Geena Grant: Donating data to ditch the digital divide?

The Covid-19 pandemic exposed vast inequalities that impact how we live, work and learn, including the growing digital divide: the gap between people who have adequate access to digital technologies,…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentPolitics
March 16, 2022

Kelly Beaver: Preaching to the converted? How to sell net zero to the public

Given the increasing lived experience of climate change and the focus on the scale of what we need to do to combat it, it’s not surprising that November 2021 saw…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
March 10, 2022

Ellie Mae O’Hagan: Leaving nobody behind

Whatever our politics, there is one thing most of us can agree on: this century will be a period of immense economic and social change. Most of us acknowledge that…
Centre WriteColumnistsEconomy & FinanceMax AndersonMax Anderson
March 2, 2022

Max Anderson: Will London find success with the Super Bowl?

Last month, we saw the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the final game of the NFL season, the Super Bowl. Other than football, the halftime show included…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
February 25, 2022

Tom Zundel: Going green, not global, to tackle rising energy prices?

As we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK has been hit by a cost-of-living crisis. Nearly one in three British adults say they are now struggling to meet their…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentTowns & Devolution
February 18, 2022

Jonathan Gullis MP: Painting the Red Wall green

Stoke-on-Trent is a textbook example of where the transition to net zero could help consolidate Conservative gains in the Red Wall. An area steeped in industrial history, associated with factories…
Centre WriteImmigration & Integration
February 11, 2022

Nicolas Hatton: Becoming a British citizen – aspirations and unnecessary barriers for EU citizens in the UK

When we are born, we come into a family, and their first gift to us is citizenship. It is not something we choose, and most of us won’t give it…
Anvar SarygulovCentre WriteEconomy & Finance
February 9, 2022

Anvar Sarygulov: Sustained pressure?

Introduction  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Government has made a major effort to support the livelihoods of low-income households through increases in various working-age…
Centre WritePolitics
February 4, 2022

Kieran Burt: Voters deserve representation, not defecting MPs

The Parliamentary system has needed reform for some time. The House of Lords is still very undemocratic and the controversy around MPs' second jobs brings up the influence of unfair…
Centre WriteEnergy & EnvironmentForeign
February 3, 2022

Prof Jim Watson: Securing the supply, Our national resilience relies on our energy security

The security of the UK’s energy supplies has made the headlines once again in recent months. This demonstrates the fundamental importance of reliable energy sources and infrastructures for modern economies.…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
January 20, 2022

Ardi Osmani: The ‘Energy Crisis’ should pave the way for renewable energy

The recent ascent of energy bills in the UK is causing widespread panic and is being labelled by many as a national crisis. Prices are expected to continue to rise…
Anvar SarygulovCentre WriteEconomy & Finance
January 19, 2022

Anvar Sarygulov: Blown off course? Public perceptions and expectations of the current Government

Introduction We are now reaching the mid-term of the current Conservative Government, over two years since Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a landslide victory in the 2019 General Election. This…
Centre WriteForeign
January 6, 2022

Tobias Ellwood MP: Fighting fit, our shrinking military leaves us vulnerable

There is a 1930s feel to the world at the moment. Authoritarianism is on the rise once again, geopolitical power bases are shifting, international institutions are unable to hold errant…
Centre WritePolitics
January 6, 2022

Good Things Foundation: How much does it pay to be “tech savvy”? The economic benefits of digital skills in our modern world

So here we are, 2022. As the year begins, we find ourselves adhering to the UK government’s Omicron strategy. We’ve reduced our social contact once again, increased our home working,…
Centre WriteHealth & Social CareHousing & HomelessnessPhoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield
December 23, 2021

Phoebe Arslanagić-Wakefield: The benefits, challenges and future of home working

Today, we at Bright Blue launched our latest report, No place like home? The benefits and challenges of home working during the pandemic. Made possible by the partnership of Barrow…
Centre WriteHealth & Social Care
December 20, 2021

Sophie Colton: Reform social services or continue to put children at risk

The inquiries into the deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson have brought about a series of discussions surrounding the effectiveness of the social services, and how they can learn…
Centre WritePolitics
December 17, 2021

Ioana Diac: Cleaning up ‘sleaze’ in Westminster – what should be done about MP’s second jobs?

MPs’ second jobs have come under recent scrutiny after Conservative MP Owen Paterson was found guilty of breaching Parliamentary lobbying rules last month. Stories of the eye-wateringly high salaries some…
Centre WriteEconomy & Finance
December 15, 2021

Tom Spencer: How can the Government revive so-called ‘left-behind’ areas?

When William IV appointed Sir Robert Peel as Prime Minister against the expressed will of the electorate, Peel was forced to prove that his brand of Toryism was in the…
Centre WriteLaw & Justice
December 15, 2021

Robert Flint: The Rule of Law Strikes Back

“One rule for them...” the refrain goes, “and another for the rest of us.” It has been a torrid time for the rule of law in recent years. Judges are…
Centre WriteForeign
December 13, 2021

Christian Steffen: The UK and the US must challenge China over energy in Africa

The United Kingdom and the United States should collectively invest far more into developing renewable energy production infrastructure in Africa. First, this would aid the world in its push for…
Centre WriteForeign
December 9, 2021

Ryan Henson: Smarter British aid can improve lives as well as project our values

Aid is about our values. It offers our generation an opportunity to save and transform the lives of the world’s poorest people, and thereby build a better world. Aid is…
Centre WritePolitics
December 7, 2021

Max Anderson: Get off my front page you meddling SpAds

Special advisers or ‘SpAds’ are everyone’s new favourite political animal. In the last 20 years, they have entertained us by adding political drama, such as with Dominic Cummings’ trip to…
Centre WriteForeign
December 2, 2021

Andrew Rosindell MP: Global Family, The Commonwealth deserves more respect

Over recent weeks and months, all the talk has been about the G7, NATO, and the role that the United Kingdom can — and should — play in these enormously…
Centre WriteForeign
November 26, 2021

Matthew Prescod: Britain Must Chart a Nuanced Course on China

When David Cameron rolled out the red carpet to Chinese President Xi in 2015 there was widespread optimism about the future of Sino-British cooperation. Trade between the two nations reached…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
November 26, 2021

Andy White: Ending water poverty can unlock investment in climate challenges

Rising energy costs has once again brought into sharp focus the precarious high-wire act that many households face when it comes to managing their finances. For those just about managing…
Centre WriteHealth & Social Care
November 23, 2021

Tom Mepham: Are spikes in National Insurance the answer to the social care crisis?

In September, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that, from April 2022, the Government will introduce a new UK wide 1.25% social care levy. This will tax earnings for employees, the self-employed…
Centre WriteDefence
November 22, 2021

Chris Hernon: We can win the fight against Russian aggression

There may be no public declaration of war, but it is clear that liberal democracies are in conflict with Putin-ruled Russia. The answer to how we deal with Russian aggression…
Centre WriteDrugs
November 9, 2021

Hannah Baron: Let’s be blunt – how to legalise cannabis for the public good

Public support for the legalisation of cannabis in the UK has been rising steadily for years and is now higher than it has ever been. Shradha Badiani has laid out…
Centre WriteDefence
November 5, 2021

Lauren Protentis: Counterterror techniques can apply to tackling disinformation

Disinformation campaigns from hostile state and non-state actors continue to thrive and to undermine democracies, leveraging a vast array of communications platforms to exploit elections, referendums, the Covid-19 pandemic, and…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
November 4, 2021

Shota Shiukashvili: Insulate Britain – enhancing or discrediting its cause?

Insulate Britain, an offshoot of the Extinction Rebellion continues to block major UK motorways, demanding the insulation of the UK’s housing stock which will ultimately reduce carbon emissions. Insulate Britain…
Bountiful economyCentre WriteClean environmentWilf Lytton
November 4, 2021

Wilf Lytton: Policy must focus on delivering green steel in the UK

Clean steel is a prize that the UK cannot afford to let slip from its grasp, argues Wilf Lytton, Associate Fellow at the leading centre-right think tank, Bright Blue. To…
Centre WriteHuman Rights & Discrimination
October 22, 2021

Luke de Pulford: A shameful record? UK responses to genocide

What do you think when you hear the words genocide denial? For most, odious Holocaust denier and pseudo historian David Irving springs to mind. Either that or lizard loon David…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
October 15, 2021

Tyler England: The UK should have a Food Waste Network

Two important but solvable issues in Britain are the issues of food waste and food poverty.  Recent research has found that 9.5 million tonnes of food was wasted in the…
Centre WriteEconomy & Finance
October 14, 2021

Frances O’ Grady: We need a plan to level up at work

The Government’s call to ‘level up’ Britain is justifiably popular. We agree that our country’s poorest communities need to be lifted up to the level of wealthier ones. But slogans…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
October 14, 2021

Helen Jackson: Back to nature? Preventing future pandemics

Given the suffering and economic damage of the past year and a half, citizens across the world have every right to expect their governments to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic…
Centre WriteEnergy & Environment
October 5, 2021

Caroline McParland and Ashley Dunseath: Why social context is key to bringing nature into the built environment

What makes a great place to live? As we understand more and more about the importance of nature to everything from tackling the climate crisis to improving health and wellbeing,…
Anvar SarygulovCentre WriteWelfare
October 3, 2021

Anvar Sarygulov: Beyond the safety net? Informal sources of support for Universal Credit claimants during the COVID-19 pandemic

Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic, and the national effort to contain it, have led to significant economic disruption, affecting the income of millions of people. To protect their finances, the UK…
Centre WriteDefence
September 22, 2021

Oliver Law: The enemy we cannot see

Tobias Ellwood’s article regarding Britain’s fiscal commitment to her armed forces makes for frightening reading. In stark detail he reveals what we have all realised deep down – that we…
Centre WriteDefence
September 16, 2021

Sir Lockwood Smith: The Asia-Pacific is the land of opportunity for Global Britain

The centre of gravity of global trade shifted towards the Asia-Pacific in the first two decades of this century. In fact, it could be claimed that consumer demand out of…
Centre WriteDefence
September 13, 2021

William Feasey: Will the real Global Britain please stand up?

As the Taliban’s flag was raised over the Panjshir valley, signalling total victory over the final Afghan resistance, thousands of miles away a buoyant Boris Johnson began extolling the successes…