Why we should legalise cannabis

Cannabis is over-policed for the relative lack of harm it does Currently, cannabis is classified as a Class B drug, meaning that possession can result in up to 5 years of imprisonment Over the last 10 years, there have been 1.58 million cases of the police forces seizing cannabis, although the number of seizures have…

Ideas for the housing crisis, knife crime, revocation of citizenship

Housing crisis I would tackle the housing crisis by: Scrapping stamp duty that inhibits old people from moving into smaller homes, to free up the 25 million unused bedrooms across the UK; Penalising absent homeowners; Penalising developers failing to meet their deadlines; Ending arms sales to abusive regimes exacerbating the refugee crisis. Knife crime To…

Remain beat Brexit in the EU elections

The Telegraph’s data journalists answered the question “Who won the UK’s European elections – Leave or Remain?” with this piece of analysis:  ‘While the Brexit Party was the clear individual winner in the UK’s European elections, picking up almost a third of the national vote, straightforwardly pro-Brexit parties were actually out-polled by those who are arguing…

Voting Lib Dem on 23 May is voting for a second referendum

We now understand that UKIP, the extremist wing of the Tory party and the Brexit Party don’t care at all for the health or lives that their No Deal Brexit would jeapordise for patients reliant on uninterrupted supplies of insulin and other medicaments.

Powering the Zambian economy

For Zambia’s manufacturing sector, power outages can mean make or break. Bartlett PhD Researcher Imad Ahmed is working to help the government find a better way to deal with electricity crises. George Bull | Bartlett 100 | 24 April, 2019 Kariba North dam, Zambia. Credit: Zambezi River Authority 70% of surviving manufacturers used diesel generators to…

On leading Rwandan negotiations for the Kigali Water Supply Project

UCL CPM website | 15 January, 2019Imad Ahmed is in the third year of his PhD focusing on the development impact of infrastructure investment. In his previous role as adviser to the Rwandan government, Imad Ahmed led negotiations for the Kigali Bulk Water Supply Project. The project won two awards last year at the Partnerships 2018 Awards, including Best Utilities…

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Given the rise in xenophobic hate crimes since the Brexit referendum, it is important to define xenophobic hate where it extends beyond race. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) has published an imprecise definition of anti-Semitism that is accompanied with examples that would censor political speech about the Government of Israel and pro-Israel lobby groups. While adopting…

India-Pakistan hostilities brief

Issues at play: Kashmir is disputed territory controlled by India, Pakistan and China India and Pakistan are nuclear powers that formally engaged in military operations against one another in late February Kashmir’s glaciers are an important source of water for all of Pakistan, for eastern India and for southern China Pakistan is run by the…