Where to draw the line?

David Anderson QC, the current Independent Reviewer of counter-terrorism powers is conducting a review of internet surveillance. Anyone who thinks there aren’t…

Posted by demos on February 20th, 2015

News values

As I read through Peter Oborne’s extraordinary article last night, on his resignation from the Daily Telegraph, one sentence lept out at me:

Posted by demos on February 18th, 2015

The Twitter election

As the election campaigns get underway, there is a new battleground: Twitter. Tweets are the newest weapons in the political arsenal, and…

Posted by demos on February 17th, 2015

Behind the numbers

Stories of online abuse abound in the media. Often the focus is on the abuse of women and it is widely assumed…

Posted by demos on February 16th, 2015

The flaw in ‘vote X, get Y’ politics

This may be a radical proposition but I think that, mostly, people are not stupid, do not like being blackmailed, and tend…

Posted by demos on February 4th, 2015

The generation game

Rachel Sylvester’s piece in the Times yesterday portrayed the coming election as a ‘generation game’ where Conservatives court the grey vote, while Labour targets…

Posted by demos on February 4th, 2015

Mind the gap: 2015

Deeper analysis of last week’s 2013/14 GCSE results show the attainment gap between pupils on free school meals and their peers has…

Posted by demos on February 3rd, 2015

Will other parties follow the (Labour) leader?

Today in Sheffield, Ed Miliband will draw attention to the ‘missing one million voters’ from the electoral role as a result of…

Posted by demos on January 16th, 2015

What’s in a label?

One thing that has always puzzled me is why liberals are not more critical of the EU. Liberals tend to support the…

Posted by demos on January 16th, 2015

What is a ‘major’ party?

Televised debates for general elections are a relatively new phenomenon in the UK. The first such spectacles were held in advance of…

Posted by demos on January 15th, 2015

Dancing in the dark

Here are three things I’ve noticed recently:

1) Barney Stringer’s fascinating blog about London passing an extraordinary milestone – the population finally caught…

Posted by demos on January 15th, 2015

What makes a ‘good job’?

What makes a job ‘good’? In the midst of a jobs-rich recovery, in a relatively flexible labour market, attention inevitably shifts to…

Posted by demos on December 11th, 2014

A tale of two classrooms

The education system in England and Wales has of late been subject to rapid and tumultuous reforms. These changes have affected every…

Posted by demos on December 5th, 2014

An artistic Autumn Statement

“The cultural life of the North will get a boost,” George Osborne trumpeted in the Autumn Statement, “including a major new theatre…

Posted by demos on December 4th, 2014

Below the Samaritans Radar

A couple of weeks back those decent people at the Samaritans got themselves into a bit of trouble. They released…

Posted by demos on November 18th, 2014

The ‘suicide app’

This morning, the Samaritans announced SamaritansRadar, a tool that flags social media content within your network that might indicate someone is vulnerable….

Posted by demos on October 30th, 2014

How should I vote?

Today, Demos and Bite the Ballot are announcing a crowd-funding campaign to build the first ever Voter Advice Application designed for young people….

Posted by demos on October 27th, 2014

Direct democracy?

We wake today into a new political dawn. UKIP has won their first Parliamentary seat, and very nearly…

Posted by demos on October 10th, 2014

Statelessness isn’t a solution

With increasing frequency, the withdrawal of British citizenship is being used as a national security tool. Since 2002, 53 people have been…

Posted by demos on September 10th, 2014

The performance of terrorism

It is an image we won’t forget: of what appears to be the US journalist James Foley being decapitated by an Islamic…

Posted by demos on August 21st, 2014