Posts byBen Marshall

An existential eruption

A short time after the EU referendum I saw a tweet in my timeline prophesying that ‘in about 20 years’ time the answer to any pub quiz question will be 2016’.1Credit where credit is due, the tweet was by @robboma3, although it is hard to be definitive on originality. You can see the reasoning; the…
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Building Britain: the infrastructure imperative

Hinkley Point, HS2, Heathrow and fracking at Little Plumpton! The government’s in-tray includes some big decisions about big-budget projects. Thinking in Whitehall is apparently edging towards borrowing to build and a more pragmatic, civic-minded approach to infrastructure; more about jam today (or at least not decades hence), balancing the needs of consumers and citizens.<fn>Julian Francis,…
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Kaleidoscopic Britain and triple tensions

Following the referendum in Scotland last year, 2015 saw an equally tumultuous general election which held a mirror up to Britain and social change. As the ‘father of psephology’ Sir David Butler wrote in the 1950s, “politics are peripheral to the lives of most people; they think and act in relation to their immediate environment…
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Britain in 5D

Most Britons felt hopeful about this year, and our economic optimism reached record levels by the summer. However, the overall feel-good factor has remained elusive. In political terms, voters became more fractious than ever. Even as the recession slowly recedes, the public – and indeed Britain’s elites – are more and more concerned that multiple…
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