Over the coming months, Backbench will be partnering with Torrin Wilkins, Director of Centre Think Tank for a series of comment pieces. In his column, Torrin will explore prominent policy issues – some of them related to the latest news and others related to his…

Last month, the government voted in favour of increasing national insurance contributions by 1.25 percentage points. This led to the breaking of their manifesto commitment in 2019 of not increasing national insurance. The main criticism of this decision is that the tax rise will predominantly…

Global Witness’ most recent report has shown that 227 climate activists were killed during 2020, the deadliest year on record. The previous high was set in 2019 and a report in 2009 showed that 1100 activists had been killed in the previous 20 years. Now…

Climategate began on 17th November 2009 after emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit were hacked by still unknown assailants. The hacker’s motivation was likely to change the public against climate researchers three weeks before the Copenhagen Summit. Most of the over…

Over the coming months, Backbench will be partnering with Torrin Wilkins, Director of Centre Think Tank for a series of comment pieces. In his column, Torrin will explore prominent policy issues – some of them related to the latest news and others related to his…

Over recent months I have been working a new paper for Centre Think Tank, ‘A second pandemic’, which focuses on dealing with the growing mental health crisis after the pandemic. This crisis has happened not only due to the pandemic but also because of a…

Last week, the sale of Newcastle United was agreed upon between Mike Ashley and the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia. Whilst many Newcastle supporters are jubilant, with some proclaiming in the streets “we’ve got our club back”, they could not…

The workplace is back like never before. With 831,000 people entering the Tube network on the first Monday of September – the highest level since March 2020 – many employers have no doubt used the end of summer and decline of the pingdemic as an…

Nuclear weapons have been the founding figures amongst many countries’ defences, proving to be an effective defensive mechanism and exists as a somewhat strong deterrent for conflict amongst many nations. Despite the fact many superpowers, including the US and China, heavily invest in it, it…

Over the coming months, Backbench will be partnering with Torrin Wilkins, Director of Centre Think Tank for a series of comment pieces. In his column, Torrin will explore prominent policy issues – some of them related to the latest news and others related to his…

Other than party members and journalists, not many people are particularly interested in the inner workings of political parties. Some Conservatives may like to assume that Labour are dominated by students calling for revolution from relatively affluent university constituencies, whilst some Labour members assume that…