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Thursday 28th July 2016

What did Europe mean to William Shakespeare?

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Shortly after the news of the referendum result, I heard some English politicians being interviewed on BBC radio. One of them remarked with apparent satisfaction that membership of the European Union had now been rejected by a majority of 'our countrymen.' Another, a woman, observed that the entire referendum campaign had been a very masculine affair, and pointed to her adversary's telling use of the word 'countrymen.' 'I'm sorry,' he replied, 'I have been reading the works of our national poet, and it must have affected my vocabulary.'
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Thursday 28th July 2016
Thursday 21st July 2016

How will Brexit affect the UK's relationship with China?

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Four weeks after the UK's decision to leave the European Union, much commentary has focused on how Brexit will affect other world economies and UK trade relations. One of the more important areas of this discussion is the UK's future relationship with China.
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Thursday 21st July 2016
Thursday 14th July 2016

The key challenges facing UK policing today

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Criminal justice faces ever more challenges from society. While official figures show a drop in police recorded crime in the UK the distribution of crime shows a more complex pattern with violent crime showing a rise.
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Thursday 14th July 2016
Thursday 7th July 2016

How unpaid carers are still not supported by the Care Act

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The Care Act, which came into act in April 2015, has been widely welcomed. However implementation of the act is far from complete. After replacing the 1948 National Assistance Act and 60 years of piecemeal amending legislation, the Care Act both consolidated and simplified care law in England. It set in place a new organising principle for decision makers, the promotion of individual wellbeing, and placed the rights of informal carers on an equal footing to those with care needs.
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Thursday 7th July 2016
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