Current affairs

Megaphone image from the cover of 'Beyond Pro-Life and Pro-Choice'
by Fran Amery  |  22nd January 2020

Fran Amery, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bath talks about her book, 'Beyond Pro-Life and Pro-Choice: The Changing Politics of Abortion in Britain'. Fran addresses the questions we need to ask around abortion provision in Britain, and shows that it's much more complicated than a simple distinction between pro-life and pro-choice.…Read more

Street art saying 'Trouble is my business'
by Stephen Crossley  |  20th January 2020

Following the announcement of £165 million extra funding for the Troubled Families Programme, Stephen Crossley, author of 'Troublemakers’, reminds us that we have yet to see any significant impact on most of the ‘complex inter-connected problems’ it has allegedly been tackling.…Read more

Photo of a child sat on a bench with a teddy bear in hand
by Morag Treanor  |  16th January 2020

Morag Treanor, author of Child Poverty: Aspiring to Survive, looks at how the Conservative government's lack of pledges to mitigate the effects of social security cuts will increase, not just levels of poverty for children, but consequent problems for them in relation to health, wellbeing, family stress and physical safety, among other issues.…Read more

2019 UK election results projected onto a building

John Weeks, Coordinator of the Progressive Economy Forum and co-editor of 'Rethinking Britain', provides an insightful analysis of the election results. He reveals that there was actually no evidence of a shift of voters to the centre, examines the impact of Brexit and the implications of the result for Labour Party policy.…Read more

Two homeless men sat on a bench, provided by Julian House
by Jessica Gay  |  16th December 2019

Jessica Gay, Senior Community and Events Fundraiser at Julian House, a homeless charity based in Bath, shows how the charity offers direct support through projects and services which not only address the symptoms of homelessness but also the underlying reasons why men and women are forced onto the streets. Julian House is Bristol University Press's chosen charity for 2020.…Read more

Photo of a red neon sign of the word 'Change'
by Sam Wren-Lewis  |  11th December 2019

Sam Wren-Lewis asks whether people are really looking for the 'real change' that Labour are promising, arguing that taking a longer-term perspective has the potential to unite the left and right.…Read more

Street art of cans in style of Tesco saying 'Tories value - cream of foodbank soup'

Sue Konzelmann shows why the next government, which will be faced with the consequences of a decade’s worth of cuts, should not focus on 'where’s the money coming from?' but ask the question 'where’s our society and economy going?'.…Read more

A photo of two empty hospital beds
by Judith Smith  |  10th December 2019

In advance of Thursday's General Election, Professor Judith Smith, Director of the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, examines the main causes of NHS pressure that need attention by a new Government and the manifesto pledges that promise to address them…Read more

Photo of a girl with her hand up in a classroom
by Pat Thomson  |  5th December 2019

With 18% of 18 year olds leaving the school system without GCSEs, Pat Thomson, Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham and author of 'School Scandals', looks at education policy in relation to next week's UK General Election.…Read more

Banner saying 'To love is to act'
by Becca Dove and Tim Fisher  |  3rd December 2019

For the last six months, a giant banner emblazoned with ‘to love is to act’ has become our travel companion. It’s been at a parent activist meeting in a disused café in Kentish Town and in a British Legion hall in Bath. It’s been up the M4 to Cardiff, and it’s made its way across Read More