Analysis and comment on current developments by the Centre's staff, supporters and associates

Saturday, 27 February, 2010

Richard Garside highlights a Strategy Unit report claiming that the crime fall is mostly down to economic, not criminal justice, factors

Wednesday, 17 February, 2010

Richard Garside takes a long-term look at levels of income inequality.

Monday, 15 February, 2010

In a previous post I highlighted the selective reworking of a graph on inequality by the government. Now it’s the turn of the Conservative party to pull the same trick, in their new report, Labour’s Two Nations.

Friday, 12 February, 2010

Alan Johnson has enjoyed a less than glittering career as Home Secretary. His impulsive dismissal of David Nutt as chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs cemented a reputation as a politician uninterested in research evidence.

Saturday, 06 February, 2010

I’ve previously posted on the recent report on inequality by the government-sponsored National Equality Panel (NEP). The report reworks a graph on income inequality to give a more favourable impression of trends. A large portion of total income inequality is also left unexplained by the report. This is so-called ‘residual inequality’.

Monday, 01 February, 2010

Richard Garside highlights a new way to tackling income inequality: muck around with the graph.

Thursday, 28 January, 2010

Richard Garside discusses homicide trends and the reasons behind the long-term rise and recent fall.

Tuesday, 26 January, 2010

What to make of news that the UK might finally be emerging from recession. According to Office for National Statistics Gross domestic product grew by 0.1 percent in the final quarter of 2009.

Monday, 25 January, 2010

It must have been a truly terrifying ordeal. For 90 minutes in Edlington in April 2009 two young boys aged nine and eleven were subjected to a sustained and horrific attack by two other boys of the same age. The attackers had done the same only a week earlier.

Friday, 22 January, 2010

Richard Garside assesses trends in law and order spending. He argues that the United Kingdom's overreliance on criminal justice regulation is the result of a failure to address social distress and dysfunction in other, more inclusive, ways.