When we get to see the now famous withheld report on the labour market impacts of immigration we can be fairly sure that it will only tells us what we already know.
The extent to which migrants take jobs and suppress wages has been extensively researched and there’s been an established consensus among respected economists for some time that, on average, they don’t.
So when Theresa May seized on one aspect of what now looks like an outlier report to claim that migrants were displacing British people from jobs, she was, as she must have known, playing fast and loose with the evidence base. Read More
Ghaffar Hussain is head of research at counter-extremism think tank Quilliam
On the 1 March 2014, a mass knife stabbing attack that claimed 29 lives and injured over 130 took place at Kunming train station in South-West China.
There were at least 10 individuals involved in the attack and the group, which used swords and meat cleavers, and the group involved a mixture of males and females. Read More
Last night, in a speech to the EEF Manufacturers Annual Dinner, Chuka Umunna outlined the 2030 agenda that is Labour’s plan for long term sustainable growth, promising that this long-term view would solve the standard of living crisis by creating more middle income jobs. 2030 is a very neat phrase.
It ties together business long-termism and anchoring the developmental state and presents them as the long-term solution to the standard of living crisis. Read More
New figures released by the Trussell Trust show that the food bank charity provided emergency parcels containing three days food more than 600,000 times between April and December last year. This is more than in the whole of the preceding financial year.
The charity also released poll results showing that 70 per cent of voters want the government to take action on the issue of hunger, and that 50 per cent of families have cut back on food in the previous year in order to pay bills. Read More
The government has suppressed a report showing that the number of UK workers unemployed because of non-EU immigration is well below the figure cited by ministers, according to the BBC.
Number 10 has denied the claim but Labour has called for the report to be published. Downing Street has responded by insisting that the report will be published “in due course”. Read More
The public are more concerned about the Tory Party’s relationship with big business than they are worried about Labour’s relationship with the trade unions, according to a new poll by ComRes.
Almost half (44 per cent) of people questioned agreed with the statement that “the relationship between the Conservatives and big business is more of a problem than Labour’s relationship with the trade unions”, while 37 per cent disagreed. One in five (20 per cent) of Tory supporters agreed with the statement. Read More
Alex Salmond last night delivered a speech in London in which he declared that an independent Scotland would be good for the economy of the remainder of the UK.
Pointing to the boost, he argued that it would give to the north an opportunity to rebalance UK PLC away from London. Read More
Rhian Johns is director of policy and campaigns at Impetus – the Private Equity Foundation
This week is National Apprenticeship Week.
Ordinarily I’m not a fan of naming days or weeks after specific causes, however I can certainly see the need to raise the profile and understanding of the importance of apprenticeships – especially given the high levels of youth unemployment in the UK today. Read More
Dr Jimmy Aldridge is a campaign researcher and analyst for Greenpeace
At the end of 2013 the government voted down an amendment to the energy bill that would have placed a limit on the carbon emissions from our oldest, dirtiest coal-fired power stations. Their argument for doing this was that other measures were making the economics of coal unattractive which was naturally pushing coal off the system.
However, as the graph below shows, generation from coal has been increasing. Last year 44 per cent of electricity was generated coal – a 30 per cent increase on the previous year. Coal is not going away but has become our largest source of power. Read More
Jonathan Russell is political liaison officer for Quilliam
It is encouraging that Boris Johnson is engaging with the complex ideas of radicalisation and extremism, but he has bumbled into the debate with some unhelpful statements and confusing suggestions that children at risk of radicalisation from their parents should be taken away by the social services. Read More