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Could a written constitution save the United Kingdom?

Could a written constitution save the United Kingdom?

    Parliament’s Street’s Clare Ambrosino debates whether the time has come for Great Britain to codify its constitution to save the union from being broken up by nationalist parties. There are now only two days to go to the general election and the heat is now well and truly on. David Cameron continues to be the only credible leader […]

by and · 5th May 2015 · Home Affairs, Blog
Opinion: Looking ahead to The Commonwealth

Opinion: Looking ahead to The Commonwealth

Writing for Parliament Street, Chad Blackman offers an interesting insight into what the future could hold for Britain and The Commonwealth.    With a general election in the United Kingdom a mere three months away and with the possibility of one of the world’s largest global trading nations and players, leaving the European Union (EU) trading bloc, there is arguably […]

Inside the Commons: A much needed look into the Westminster bubble

Inside the Commons: A much needed look into the Westminster bubble

Parliament Street’s Matt Gass gives us an overview of BBC 2’s first episode of ‘Inside the Commons’ and what it may mean for the future of confidence in British politics. If viewers of the first episode of Inside the Commons were expecting to see the worst of politics, they will no doubt be disappointed. Instead what they would have seen […]

by · 4th February 2015 · Home Affairs, Reviews & Arts
Why the left is Saudi Arabia’s greatest ally

Why the left is Saudi Arabia’s greatest ally

Parliament Street’s Director of Energy and Security comments on the surprise unspoken alliance between the left and Saudi Arabia.   In the past week since Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah’s death, there has been criticism from pundits on the right and left of our western leaders attending his funeral. Indeed, I would agree with them that Saudi Arabia has an atrocious human […]

by and · 3rd February 2015 · Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs
Examining the differences between U.S and UK elections

Examining the differences between U.S and UK elections

Parliament Street’s newest contributor, Tom Lahey, writes about how American campaigns operate and how it differs from his experience here in the UK so far, as the General Election approaches. For what it’s worth, American campaigns aren’t all well-run. Sure, you have massive operations like Romney or Obama 2012 where the campaigns have the candidate’s every move choreographed to the […]

Why the EU will always fail to free itself of the “awkward member”

Why the EU will always fail to free itself of the “awkward member”

Parliament Street’s Tom Hunt argues that unless the EU elites give ground and recognise their inability to transcend ingrained political cultures, the European project in destined for failure. The European elite have tried and failed in their attempts at trying to get different European nation states to conform to particular ways of behaving and expressing themselves economically. This has been […]

2015 Energy Predictions

2015 Energy Predictions

2014 has been an interesting year. A lot has happened, especially with energy. The major events of the year including Russia’s invasion into Crimea and ISIL’s invasion into Iraq and Syria all had a knock-on affect on the energy market. At first, both events pushed oil prices up as supply was threatened when Vladmir Putin cut off gas to Ukraine […]

by · 31st December 2014 · Home Affairs
The Future of Local Government

The Future of Local Government

By Cllr Stephen Canning It’s Monday morning and Ellie’s recycling hasn’t been collected, frustrated she sends a DM to the council Twitter account on her way out of the house. Using geolocation it dispatches a drone to go collect the bag that was missed by the refuse collection and sends her a picture to show it being removed. Later, during […]

by · 25th November 2014 · Home Affairs
From Civic Conservatism to Civic Capitalism

From Civic Conservatism to Civic Capitalism

By Tom Hunt  The idea of Civic Conservatism was central to David Willetts when he wrote his seminal text on Modern Conservatism in 1992. He presented the argument that for a Conservative, the key aim should be to reconcile support for free markets – which deliver freedom and prosperity – with the belief in the power and inherent worth of […]

by and · 20th November 2014 · Home Affairs
Grayling has failed to learn from Labour’s mistakes

Grayling has failed to learn from Labour’s mistakes

The Justice Minister, Chris Grayling, is guilty of one of New Labour’s most egregious sins, making unnecessary laws for soundbytes. The Malicious Communications Act 1988 is a monstrous pre-internet law that thoroughly criminalises vast tracts of speech, including jokes, smut, and the glorious English tradition of being thoroughly rude about people who deserve it; so long as these are done […]

by and · 21st October 2014 · Home Affairs