All posts filed under: Unit 3 UK Issues


“The Greenest Government Ever” – Coalition environmental policy

The coalitions pledge to ‘a low carbon economy’ was declared in their 2010 manifesto. The actions regarding this promise have unfortunately been few and far between. A promising start brought a refusal of the BAA’s new runway at Heathrow airport and further banning of any new runways at Gatwick or Sansted being built until 2020. […]


Sunday Politics video: Andrew Lansley interview on NHS reforms in England

Andrew Lansley today was challenged on whether health changes in England would see improvements in care, reduced waiting times and no further major NHS reforms. The health secretary said the controversy getting the Health and Social Care Bill through Parliament had not damaged his career, and he claimed the NHS was better funded than under Labour.  


Is the Welfare State in Danger?

During the year of 1945 the Labour party under Clement Atlee laid down the foundations of the welfare state and subsequently, since the 1950’s the welfare state has been regarded as one of the UK’s most significant and precious assets. This staple asset was introduced as a response to the five “Giant Evils” in society: […]

Police lamp outside a police station with police tape

Privatisation of Police Services

West Midlands and Surrey police authorities have invited private security companies to bid for a wide range of services, including criminal investigations, patrolling neighbourhoods and detaining suspects. While it is being done through the prism of government cuts, outsourcing “signals a shift that would allow the private sector to provide staff that can carry out […]

Justice secretary Ken Clarke

Ken Clarke and secret justice

The Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke recently laid down plans to extend the system of secret courts (which were initially introduced by Labour under the Terrorism Act 2000.) Clarke has proposed the introduction of “closed material procedures” within the judiciary system whereby secret evidence is withheld from the claimant and press, in other words a ‘closed […]


Restorative Justice ‘A victim is not a bit of paper in a court’

Radio 4 Today: There was a remarkable example of restorative justice on a programme that went out on National Prison Radio last night featuring Ray and Violet Donovan, a couple from Surrey, talking about the murder of their son by a gang of youths in the street. In the programme they talked to a group of […]


Young Offenders – Government policies since 1997

Youth offending has been a growing problem across Britain with 42% of first time offenders currently being under 18. Blamed on a growing gang culture and increased availability of drugs to young people in the UK, attempts have been made by both the previous Labour government and current coalition government to tackle this by making […]


Universal Credit

The introduction of a universal credit system lies at the heart of the substantial overhaul and reform of the benefits system by the Coalition. The Coalition’s initial White Paper 21st Century Welfare focused on ‘structural reform’ of the system and broadly speaking, the objective of Iain Duncan Smith’s aim is one that was once shared […]


Coalition policing policy

Home Secretaries and the Police have typically enjoyed a contentious relationship, and the current situation has proved itself to be no different, if not considerably worse. Much of the current contention stems from the effect of central Government cuts to police budgets, as part of wider moves to address the so-called fiscal deficit. Police concern […]


Why even Merlin can’t get the Banks’ lending again

Recent statistics revealed in the Bank of England’s figures, have shown that lending by banks fell by £10.7bn in 2011, otherwise put; banks received £10.7bn more in loan repayments than they gave out in new loans. This takes the total figure of fall in loan administration to just under £83bn since the financial crisis in […]


UK unemployment at 8.4%

During Brown’s government, unemployment was on the decline, now figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show that UK unemployment rose by 28,000 to 2.67 million during the three months to January. The unemployment rate currently stands at 8.4%. Youth unemployment (16-24 year olds) rose by 16,000 to 1.042 million, a rate of […]


A plan for growth?

At cabinet this week, David Cameron forced his colleagues to confront failures in the government’s economic growth strategy. It is often argued that elections are won and lost on the basis of the economy, and with a somewhat gloomy outlook ahead and a tumultuous past lingering, the government knows that the economy is its main […]

George Osborne

Is a CBI suggested tax cut the right way for Osborne to bolster Britain’s economic stagnation?

With George Osborne’s 2012 Budget around the corner, and Britain on the brink of a double dip recession, amidst the Eurozone crisis, lobbying group the CBI has called upon the chancellor to use his 21st of March budget to drive growth by unlocking the potential of corporate balance sheets and helping businesses invest.


The RBS Bonus Controversy

The recent RBS bonuses have sparked controversy and debate among many politicians, but what’s it all about? Do not fear! We have been reassured by the chairman, Sir(?) Philip Hampton that the number of RBS millionaires was lower than a year ago – phew! (N.B the ‘Sir(?)’ picks up on David Mitchells point on 10 […]


The Coalition and ‘Slave Labour’

The government’s work experience programmes have come under criticism, with some companies raising concerns over the removal of benefits from those who fail to take part. The scheme was introduced to get job seekers back to work. Employment Minister Chris Grayling gives his analysis of the state of the programmes (interview below from Radio 4 […]


Audio: Health Bill Woes

A YouGov poll published on Monday for Progressive Polling and the Unite union has found that the majority of people are on the side of those opposing government’s Health Bill. President of YouGov, Peter Kellner, Policy Exchange director Neil O’Brien and LSE researcher Dr Zack Cooper, debate if the Health Bill is still alive and […]


Michael Gove’s Education Reforms

Back in 2010, Michael Gove promised a series of major reforms to the education system; which he felt had been overly bureaucratised by Labour. An overhaul of the national Curriculum was first on the agenda, involving a large slimming down of its framework. By focusing on Science, Maths and English in particular Gove’s aim is […]


Saving money or saving the NHS?

David Cameron was accused of “playing a dangerous game of divide and rule” by only inviting royal medical colleges and health practitioners that he believes will back his NHS reorganisation to a special summit at Downing Street on Monday. Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary has claimed doctors groups have had the door “shut in […]


Ken Clarke Justice

What exactly is Cameron’s conservatism advocating? A continuation of new Labour? A bridge to Thatcherism? Or a new progressive way, one often calls ‘Cameronism’? The Conservative Party, like most UK political parties today, can be regarded as a ‘broad church’. Kenneth Clarke, the current Justice Secretary, can be described as from the left of the […]

John Prescott

John Prescott – The Commissioner

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has announced his intentions to become one of Britain’s first elected police and crime commissioners. Prescott who will face the polls in November if selected to stand following being nominated, said he would spend the next few months consulting the public before drafting the manifesto he would use to […]