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…

What do Israel, the USA and several member states of the EU all have in common? Mass vaccination campaigns which are being rolled out to 12-17 year old’s with millions already being jabbed. Just a matter of days ago, the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination…

The government has recently pledged to increase some NHS staff’s wages by 3%. The decision took place after facing widespread criticism earlier in the year for pursuing a pitiful pay rise of 1%. The government hoped that the new proposal would be satisfactory, but once…

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…

The UK’s decision to cut the foreign aid budget is a symptom of a declining “global Britain”. Currently, the UK spends 0.7% of its budget on foreign aid, which is in line with the recommended percentage proposed by the UN target established in the 1970s.…

Though the US has long been considered the world’s leading power and a pillar of Western democracy, some now acknowledge a so-called ‘European pillar’ in the form of the European Union. Yet, the notion of a potential third pillar distinct from either the US or…

The Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill passed its Third Reading and is now in the House of Lords. It’s a grisly piece of legislation that threatens the right to protest, criminalises homelessness, and risks the viability of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller way of…

The result of the recent by-election in Chesham & Amersham has renewed speculation over a so-called “progressive alliance” – the idea that by co-operating, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens can beat the Tories in an election. There are numerous holes in this idea,…

Like much of life, economic theory is not black and white. In an age of uncertainty, people are understandably looking for clarity. This desire for certainty does not always fit well with academic theory. Broadly, whatever your view on a subject, you will be able…

The UK’s new Health Secretary Sajid Javid has stated on several occasions that he likes the book The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, telling The Spectator in 2018 he identifies with the book’s protagonist Howard Roak. This, and his calls to end all COVID-19 restrictions on…

Social media as a way to spread information hardly favours political nuance and complexity, and the rise of the “story” feature on Instagram is no different. Similar to the tweet and the hashtag which came before it, the “Instagram infographic” has become the latest format…