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Election countdown: Funding a top priority

This is the first introductory post to a new series of regular blogs designed to help you move beyond the swathes of election rhetoric and cross-party jibes to really understand, in plain English, the key election promises being made in the area of consumer protection policies. 422 more words

Trading Standards Institute

Hairdressing debate highlights need to consider enforcement

On Wednesday 7 January the House of Commons heard a debate on hairdressing secured by Nia Griffith MP, Shadow Minister for Wales. She is calling for a compulsory state register of all hairdressers to regulate the industry and protect people from ‘unscrupulous’ and ‘incompetent’ traders. 265 more words

Trading Standards

What would a minority government be like?

As the election approaches, Peter Riddell explores the very real prospect of a minority government and considers the challenges which would be likely to arise from such a scenario. 1,043 more words


Understanding the resurgence of English national identity

On 14 December Michael Kenny, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, spoke at a Unit seminar on English nationhood and the current debate around the English Question in British politics. 937 more words


Legacy Bill: Advocacy Failure

I haven’t posted anything about the recent appalling changes to the Migration Act because so much has been written elsewhere, particularly about the Legacy Caseload Bill… 248 more words


Norman and Little versus Key on income inequality

In the last clash of the leaders of the year in Question Time both Russel Norman and Andrew Little quizzed John Key on the OECD report on income inequality. 2,243 more words

John Key

James Shaw ends with an eloquent challenge

James Shaw is rated as one of the best prospects in a new intake into Parliament this year. He happens to be a Green MP but it’s important to look at his capabilities and potential to contribute in a wider context. 1,567 more words