commons

Common Ground?

Andrew Harrop, Stephen Lee

The final months of the coalition government have seen an upsurge in interest in the future possibilities offered by the outcome of the next general election. The prospects for various alternate political alliances in May 2015 dominate our media and the minds of leading politicians across all parties; not least because the outcome of the…

Environment

Why we should empower communities to protect nature

Melanie Smallman

The rise in Green party membership has been big political news recently, putting environmental issues firmly on the election map. And while many appear to be drawn to the Green party’s apparent commitment to equality and fairness, as well as to their green policies, the irony is all three of these are the very issues…

Healthcare

Not-for-profits and the NHS

Andrew Harrop

As expected, Andy Burnham’s Ten Year Plan for Health and Care today confirmed that under Labour NHS institutions will be the ‘preferred provider’. The party is clear that if it wins power, the Lansley experiment is over and independent services will only play a supporting role. But the pledge that followed in the document was…