In December 2020, the National Infrastructure Commission advised the government to delay plans for the proposed stretch of the High Speed 2 rail line which would run from Birmingham to Leeds. The spiritual successor to the dead-on-its-feet Conservative policy of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, the multi-phase…

From 8 March (International Women’s Day) till the end of the month, Backbench would love to feature articles from writers considering this year’s International Women’s Day theme: #ChoosetoChallenge. The theme centres on an encouragement to people everywhere to call out gender-based discrimination – however large…

There is an impression in Britain, that we are a nation of people that tends to give people a chance to show their colours before we judge them. Increasingly, it feels as if that impression is being removed or replaced by a judgemental and somewhat…