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Since the 2008 Great Financial Crisis, we have seen an equity market broadly supported by the action of the Federal Reserve. As the narrative goes, to save the world from a financial Armageddon, the Federal Reserve printed money and reduced interest rates, policies that have…

There’s nothing like a bit of BBC-bashing to unite the country in these emotionally charged times. From ardent Corbynistas to avowed Brexiteers, lockdown sceptics to despairing Remainers, aiming fire at Auntie — the previous term of endearment for our national broadcaster — is something anyone regardless of their political…

It’s been nearly fifteen years since Labour’s last election-winning leader left No 10. Since 2007, it’s fair to say that Sir Tony’s reputation has, to put it mildly, fallen. Whether it be the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War, his work globally,…

The Conservative Party have been in power in the UK for over a decade. Their first election triumph, after many years in opposition at the hands of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s New Labour, was secured following the economic catastrophe of the Great Financial Crisis…

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 is a very controversial piece of legislation. However, some of the bill’s proposals are long overdue, such as increased sentences for assaults on emergency workers and death by dangerous driving or careless driving when under the influence…

Between the 1st and 3rd of December, 58 universities across the country faced industrial action by the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU). 33 institutions went on strike over the “four fights” (Pay, Equality, Workload and Casualisation) and a dispute over pensions, while others went on strike for…

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…