Sex, teen pregnancy and other uncomfortable moral issues

Issues around sex are often highlighted in politics and the media as creating problems in society. In a recent report Labour’s flagship strategy to cut teenage pregnancy rates were criticised as failing. Groups such as the Family Education Trust called for reform, claiming that confidential contraceptive services for girls under 16 and the emphasis on […]

First Time Voters: Shaping Election 2.0?

“To tackle the challenges of tomorrow, young people need political capital today” Demos :: An Anatomy of Youth According to the Electoral Commission, 2005 saw a national turnout  at 61%, compared with 37% amongst 18- to- 24 year olds. However, some of the key issues that we used to blame this apathy on, our electoral […]

Does London hold the Key to Number 10?

Image by Cee-Bee via Flickr London holds a whopping 73 constituencies – more than ten percent of the House of Commons. The Evening Standard has claimed that the party that wins London wins a place in 10 Downing Street. The City that turned red under the wave of New Labour in 1997 looked all set to […]

Education, Education and (Higher) Education

Education is a massive issue. It’s widely believed that locked within it is the success of the future of the country and the economy, not to mention greater equality, fulfilment, welfare and social mobility. A young Mr Blair once listed “Education, Education, Education” as his top issues in government. Is it as high on the […]

How far do we want long arm of the law stretched?

Feeling safe in your community is one of the most important issues on the agenda when deciding who to vote for, with it’s voting power is often reflected in the mainstream media. Despite Labour claiming that since 1997 crime is down by a third, and violent crime by over 40%, endless stories about crime rates, […]

Is there an effective counter extremist strategy?

Image via Wikipedia In the age of terrorism and what Mr Clegg labelled in the first leaders’ debate ‘the murky world of politics’, it is remarkably difficult for those in power to lay our how they will counter extremist ideology, when the reasons why people are drawn to the fringes and believe in such radicalism […]

Domestic Issues raised in the first Leaders’ Debate

There is no doubt that last night political history was made with the first live television debate between the leaders of the three main parties. Questions were put to them on domestic issues covering education, health, crime and the recovery from an audience hand picked to reflect British society. So was the debate focused on […]

The complex combination of Drugs and Politics

Image via Wikipedia The history of drug legislation is a tale of disjointed incrementalism. A drug becomes a social problem, the media pick it up and politicians push something through to prove that they care. So we have the three main parties manifestos at our fingertips for Election 2010. Covering all those big issues that […]

The Fox Hunting Ban- do we want a repeal?

Image via Wikipedia Vote-Ok, a site for the repeal of the Fox Hunting ban, plans to reignite the issue of fox hunting in the run up to the election. According to an IPSOS Mori poll, 75% of people back the ban. This, combined with the fact that David Cameron claimed that repeal of the ban […]