Appraising vaccines in the UK – what’s worth a shot?

Ever since the first vaccination at the end of the 18th century (using fluid from a cowpox blister no less), the debate about vaccines has remained highly complex and emotive. The petition in the last parliament calling for wider access to the Meningitis B vaccination in the UK is the third largest petition the parliamentaryRead more

Pandora’s Box? The independent review of post-18 education and funding

A mere six weeks ago the government launched its ambitious 25 Year Environment Plan to much fanfare, as a means of giving the Conservative Party a ‘caring’ rebrand. The Prime Minister said in no uncertain terms that the next generation will enjoy “a healthy and beautiful natural environment which we can all enjoy…[and] this planRead more

The Government’s approach to Brexit – A roadmap to what?

Boris Johnson this week kicked-off a series of speeches by senior members of Government over the next fortnight, aimed at setting out a “Roadmap to Brexit”. It was not the greatest start. The Foreign Secretary used Valentine’s Day to issue a rallying cry to those on both sides of the Brexit debate. He warned againstRead more

From Good Friday to Ash Wednesday – is this the end for Stormont?

Last night, the talks between the DUP and Sinn Féin to reform the Stormont Executive spectacularly collapsed again, as the parties failed to come to an agreement on a range of issues, in particular the combustible issue of the status of the Irish language. Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, said that there was noRead more

Made of sticks or bricks? UK housing policy in 2018

Last year was housing policy’s coming of age. Before 2017, it was always on the radar yet in peripheral view, never quite attracting the political attention many within the industry believed it deserved. All this changed, however, when last year Theresa May declared solving the UK’s housing crisis as her “mission”, moving housing confidently upRead more

WA long read: What’s on the horizon for 2018

2017 was a political rollercoaster – a (surprise) snap general election, an even more surprising result, the formation of a Tory-DUP confidence and supply arrangement, the rise of Corbyn-mania, and sexual harassment scandals that shook all political parties in Westminster and across the devolved assemblies. To say that 2018 will be a less tumultuous yearRead more