Trust in the community

Demos has always been interested in power. And not just in the conventional way that almost everyone is interested in power –…

Posted by demos on June 5th, 2014

Two cheers for populism

A democracy in which everyone agreed wouldn’t be worthy of the name. Liberal democracies are meant to be – need to be…

Posted by demos on May 30th, 2014

In Europe we do not trust

Across Europe, anti-EU political parties are on the rise, and are expected to continue this trend in the current elections. One recent…

Posted by demos on May 23rd, 2014

Scouting for character

Politicians on both sides of the despatch box have recently emphasised the importance of building ‘character’ into our education system. The Prime…

Posted by demos on May 15th, 2014

Monitoring misogyny

Women are more likely to be subjected to more bullying, hateful, abusive and threatening language on various social media platforms than men….

Posted by demos on May 10th, 2014

Piketty makes an argument for John Lewis

JM Keynes’ General Theory was published seven years after the New York stock market crash of 1929. Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century was published…

Posted by demos on May 2nd, 2014

A return to ‘relationship banking’?

The recent news that Dad’s Army, the wartime comedy, is to be re-made as a feature film was greeted with a sceptical response in…

Posted by demos on May 1st, 2014

ESOL policy needs a re-think

Net migration to Britain has been running between 200,000 and 250,000 per year over the past decade. Despite what political rhetoric sometimes…

Posted by demos on April 24th, 2014

An unpalatable truth

Figures released today by the Trussell Trust show that almost 1 million food parcels – 913,138 – were handed out by its food…

Posted by demos on April 16th, 2014

The method in the madness

The idea began light-heartedly – it was an opportunity to road-test the real-time rapid response capabilities of our social media analysis software…

Posted by demos on April 10th, 2014

Evidence-based campaigning

On a day when the Work and Pensions select committee confirms the Universal Credit IT system is becoming a white elephant and the…

Posted by demos on April 9th, 2014

Nick versus Nigel: Live analysis

‘Nick Clegg tells interviewer he need a coffee’ Tweeted the BBC’s Norman Smith this morning, ‘At 9.15. 9.15 ??? Wakey, wakey’.

Perhaps he…

Posted by demos on April 2nd, 2014

The true cost of debt

£1.4 trillion. That’s the staggering figure attributed to the level of household debt in the UK. The average student now leaves university…

Posted by demos on March 26th, 2014

Pensions puzzle

The pension reforms announced by George Osborne were unquestionably the most significant aspect of the budget. After a few days, some of…

Posted by demos on March 24th, 2014

Tweeting the ballot

Barack Obama famously pioneered the use of social media as a campaign tool, to great effect. Demos is currently running a project…

Posted by demos on March 20th, 2014

Budget 2014: taxing debates

Conservative MP Nick de Bois is half right. He’s right that the ‘squeezed middle’ is further squeezed by income tax thresholds that…

Posted by demos on March 17th, 2014

We don’t need another review into bank competition

Banking in Britain is not competitive – at least not in the way that you or I would understand.

A market that…

Posted by demos on January 16th, 2014

Creating competition

This week, the stranglehold that high street banks have over key bank services – like current accounts, small business lending, and mortgages…

Posted by demos on January 20th, 2014

GDP growth continues but more apprentices needed

Yesterday, the ONS maintained its preliminary estimate of GDP growth for the last quarter of 2013 at 0.7 per cent. This seems to…

Posted by demos on February 26th, 2014

The Twitter effect

Since the first Tweet was sent in 2006, Twitter has become the mouthpiece of almost 650 million users: a sizeable digital chorus…

Posted by demos on March 13th, 2014