The manifesto balancing act: making the right pitch to voters

Manifestos are peculiar things, a mixture of the profound and the prosaic. On the one hand they contain the big ideas that define elections. They provide the ammunition that gets fired during the campaign.

After the first week, it’s a two horse race

The Tories enter this campaign with a healthy poll lead but as the 2017 general demonstrated, a lot can change when the starting gun is fired and already Labour is narrowing the gap in the polls.

The largest party on election night may not end up being the party of Government

I have fought four General Elections as a Conservative candidate and have developed a healthy level of scepticism in overly obsessing about opinion polls.

Is the climate changing litigation?

The past twelve months have witnessed a new wave of climate change action. As well as taking to the streets, activists are also using litigation as a means of holding governments and businesses to account.

So, you want to impeach the President?

On October 31st the US House of Representatives voted to formalize the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Let’s make America pay less for drugs?

Healthcare is and always has been one of the central topics brought to the fore during US elections. And in this election, more than ever, there is a real sense that dramatic healthcare restructuring is possible.

Boris’s big gamble

BORIS Johnson has gambled Britain's future on the belief he can unite Leavers and Remainers who just want Brexit over so schools, hospitals and policing can get the attention they deserve.

Polling: read below the headline numbers

It is a common mistake of political pundits to obsess over headline voting intention numbers in the public domain, at the expense of everything else.

If we are planning for the future, then where are the young people?

There is a paradox at the heart of urban planning. Property developers, planners and consultants alike talk of the need to “plan for the future” and design schemes which last for generations. But why are the beneficiaries of such developments frequently the last to be consulted?

Hidden in plain sight: opioids and chronic pain

“We are now in danger of an epidemic hitting the UK”. Recent words from Deputy Chief Executive, Duncan Stephenson, of the Royal Society for Public Health after the numbers of people in England using addictive prescribed medicines were revealed for the first time.

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