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When this is over, the world must change
One day, hopefully soon the Covid-19 nightmare will be over. And on that day life will not be and should not be the same again.
Why we need a guardian of the future
One of the most difficult challenges for the restored administration at Stormont will be to address long-term challenges.
Better together: the case for government reform
The Northern Ireland government is divided into nine departments, each with clear responsibilities, separate budgets and ministerial leadership.
Stormont: Better outcomes demand better government
If the revived Executive and Assembly is to be a success how it works will be just as important as what it does.
Northern Ireland: more Tallinn than Finchley
We are often told that the UK is a powerful western economy. But that is profoundly misleading.
Transforming Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s new think tank has just published its first piece of work.
Pivotal: Northern Ireland's new think tank
Northern Ireland had the dubious distinction of being the only part of the UK without a think tank, until this week.
Politicians and policy: lessons from Dublin
There is little or no serious discussion about public policy in Northern Ireland, with or without a functioning government. This needs to change.
Governments traditionally measured performance by looking at Gross Domestic Product – the value of goods and services. These days the emphasis has shifted to measuring wellbeing – how people feel about their lives.
Westminster turns to people power to help tackle climate change
The UK’s planned new Citizen’s Assembly – specifically set up to look at climate change – could be good news for democracy and the planet, and also provide a positive legacy for an otherwise dire term of parliament.
The Wisdom of the Ages: working longer lives
It’s great that people are living longer, the flip side is that we have to work for longer too.
Why social mobility is going backwards
Improving social mobility is a central policy objective of all mainstream political parties.
Some good news, at last
There has been one piece of very good news for Northern Ireland in an otherwise gloomy, Brexit dominated week.