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  • Greater Manchester: A trailblazer for health and social care

    Greater Manchester is set to become the first English region to get full control of its £6 billion budget for health and social care. The move is a smart one by George Osborne, positioning the Tories on the side of devolved local powers whilst splitting Labour who are torn on the deal. Despite broad consensus […]

    Have Modi’s social media activities been effective?

    In February, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won 67 out of 70 seats in the Delhi state elections, suggesting that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s honeymoon with the Indian people has ended. With Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) securing just three seats, there was little evidence of the aura that has surrounded Modi over […]

    Kensington – The Tories’ Point of Re-entry

    Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s announcement that he will be stepping down as MP for Kensington leaves vacant a safe berth for Conservatives. He steps down too late to free up a space for Boris Johnson’s return to parliament, but the seat has long been a safe re-entry point for Conservatives such as Michael Portillo and Alan […]

    Fixed Parliaments and the Prime Minister’s power

    The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act was a radical constitutional reform. It has already changed the way parties campaign and plan. But its design was rooted in the survival of the Tory/Lib Dem coalition and its real effects are yet to be felt. It will in fact strengthen the hand of the next Prime Minister, regardless of […]

    In the Middle East, it’s local, stupid.

    Middle Eastern publics have never been more important to global peace and security. Our inability to engage with these constituencies through effective policy and communications has left a vacuum that is being exploited by extremism. For many decades the Middle East has been the focus of global attention. Capitals around the world have grappled with […]

    New media and social journalism

    There’s no denying that social media has changed the way in which we consume news. But it is becoming evident that the way we now consume news has begun to change how stories are reported. With the impressive growth of new types of media like Buzzfeed, Mashable and Vice, which have built their audiences predominantly […]

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