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Justice

Legalising cannabis

In the UK possessing or supplying drugs is illegal and in theory this should stop people from getting hold of drugs to begin with. In reality this approach has failed with drug deaths per 100,000 people standing at 4.23. That makes the UK one of the highest countries both in Europe and in the world […]

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Economy

Learning from Denmark on taxes

The Nordic model is famous for three things; free markets, strong public services and high taxes. Free markets and strong public services are popular but the great public services come at the cost of higher taxes. There is, however, a choice between flat taxes or progressive taxation to raise money for these services. Flat taxation […]

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Equality

The fight for equality and our civil liberties

I’m Jake and I am Head of Policy here at Centre. Prior to my role at Centre I ran a student newspaper and am currently working on health policy for the Red Cross. I study Politics and International Relations, specialising in conflict resolution and human rights. As Head of Policy I don’t carry a specific […]

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Foreign Affairs

The Case for the European Free Trade Association

Last week, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Søreide.  Much of what was discussed, however, should not only be welcomed but actively encouraged to go beyond in strengthening UK-Nordic relations.  Issues relating to NATO spending commitments, the Northern Defense Strategy, the regional security threat posed by Russia, and the […]

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Equality Justice

Passing the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will harm minorities, not help

Ahead of tomorrow’s vote on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, I felt as if it was important to further lay out why oppose this bill and why its implementation will directly harm minorities within the UK. This is a government bill that has been widely spoken over the weekend due to its contents […]

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Health

An equal footing for mental health

With students back at school after two months of shutdown and the roadmap dates penciled in as we exit lockdown and reopen the economy, we are faced with the next big task in the aftermath of COVID-19. We have to deal with a mammoth mental health crisis, particularly amongst young people. After nearly a year […]

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Justice

Putting fairness at the heart of our justice system

My name is Lauren and I’m absolutely delighted to be the new Justice Spokesperson for Centre. I’ve long admired the work that has already been done, and I’m so excited to get started. Alongside this role, I am Co-Chair of Open Labour’s Justice Reform Working Group, as well as Secretary of the Young Fabians Criminal […]

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Equality

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day, which is incredibly important to us here at Centre. This is because it is a day that reminds us of barriers within society and how women are disproportionately affected by these. It also allows us to celebrate the achievements that have taken place to improve the position of women in […]

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Democracy

As a New Zealander, I know Proportional Representation can work

With 11.6% of the vote, you would assume the Liberal Democrats would be left with around three times as many MPs as the SNP who only received 3.9% of the vote. We know this is wrong as only a system like First Past The Post would mean 11.6% of the vote is 11 seats and […]

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Democracy

Federalism: uniting a disunited kingdom

The United Kingdom. Made up of 4 distinct nations, all with their own identities but united under the Union Jack and the Crown, but is it really all that united? The short answer is no. In a recent poll commissioned and published by the Sunday Times it shows the quickly rising support for nationalist and […]