From the housing crisis to inequality and Formula One: here are the year's finest long readsby Prospect Team / December 15, 2015 / Leave a comment
As always, Prospect has spent this year publishing forensic analysis on the biggest issues of the day. Here, we faced the tough task of selecting our favourites. In the end we’ve settled on 12 pieces which are exceptional in their originality and depth, which cover topics ranging from inequality to Formula One–from the housing crisis to the fall of the Sloane Ranger. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Read more: Prospect’s most read articles of 2015
How to fix the housing crisis by Andrew Adonis
Andrew Adonis, Labour peer and, since October, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, puts forward a “simple but difficult” solution to our housing crisis, which we ran as the cover piece of our October issue. We need more than 200,000 homes built a year, and through compelling examples (did you know that Islington Council owns 150 large council estates?) Adonis makes a convincing case that public sector land is an essential part of the solution.
General Election 2015: how to win a majority by Philip Collins
Does liberalism win elections? Prospect has published several pieces on this question over the course of the year (see Tim Farron can save the Liberal Democrats by Robin McGhee). In our March issue Philip Collins argued in the affirmative, while shrewdly pointing out that the Labour Party has roots in Liberalism. It would be wise to return to them, he reasons.
What we should really do about inequality by Paul Collier
Do we patronise those in need, rather than offering them genuine solutions? Professor of Economics Paul Collier answers with a resounding yes. In a provocative piece, he focuses on dispelling myths about what reduces inequality and what doesn’t. To top it all off, he even composes a poem to drill his point home.
Time to cut the House of Lords down to size by Meg Russell
The House of Lords isn’t fit for purpose, writes Meg Russell, and she isn’t short of reasons why. She lists five, but says its size should be our number one concern: a shrinking of the Lords is 300 years overdue and is making the chamber less efficient. She proposes a well…