Science is about evidence. Politics rarely is. As Stephen Hawking observed recently, politicians will sometimes cherry-pick evidence to justify policy. Yet in choosing to politicise his arguments, Professor Hawking falls into the same trap as the very politicians he accuses of being economical with the truth, by peddling several myths about the state and direction of the NHS under the current Government, when the evidence shows quite the opposite.
In the aftermath of President Trump’s Executive Order restricting any form of Immigration from seven targeted mainly Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen), the fractures that were in America over Trump’s election have gone truly global.
Homelessness remains a blight on our society. The figures released by the Government recently make for grim reading. In England, rough sleeping on our streets went up 16 per cent over the past year to 4,134. I suspect the figures are much higher in reality.
Since leaving Parliament in 2015 I decided to focus on tackling homelessness. To this end I am chairing a working group of sector experts at the Centre for Social Justice. We will produce a report early next year which seeks to provide a set of policy recommendations to better prevent and tackle homelessness.
Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin are pursuing a scorched earth policy in Aleppo and trying to bomb the population into submission. Boris Johnson is right to call for an investigation into war crimes following the recent bombing of a humanitarian aid convoy.
Brooks writes with Baroness Anne Jenkin for the ConservativeHome website.
Unless there is a significant increase in women MPs at the 2015 general election, we will need to look at this issue in detail, and all options should be on the table.