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Ben Williams

Ben Williams

Tutor in Politics and Political Theory, University of Salford
B.A (Hons.) University of Liverpool (1995)- Modern History and Politics

MA, Politics and Irish Studies, University of Liverpool (2009)

PhD, 'Warm Words or real change?: Conservative social policy since 1997', University of Liverpool (2013)

Author of 'The Evolution of Conservative Party Social Policy' (2015)

Member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Author of various articles and contributor to academic textbooks.

Is Theresa May really about to end austerity? You might need to ask the rest of her party

Oct 09, 2018 13:02 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Until recent years, the word austerity was associated with the hardship, rationing and lack of basic resources experienced in the aftermath of World War II. However, since the 2008 global economic crash, successive UK...

Wasted votes, hyper-marginals and disillusion: reform group issues damning report on election 2017

Aug 21, 2017 06:48 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

A report by the Electoral Reform Society claims that the outcome of the 2017 UK general election adds weight to the argument that British democracy needs a dramatic overhaul. The report offers a damning analysis on the...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries trade downside ahead of November producer price index, short-term 3-year auction

The U.S. Treasuries traded down during late afternoon session Tuesday ahead of the countrys producer price index (PPI) data for the month of November, scheduled to be released today by 13:30GMT. Also, the short-term...

German bunds suffer following better-than-expected recovery in December ZEW economic sentiment

The German bunds suffered during European session Tuesday following a better-than-expected recovery in the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index for the month of December, released today. Further attention will now be...

UK gilts plunge after wage inflation rises in October, followed by employment change; jobless rate unchanged

The United Kingdoms gilts plunged during Tuesdays afternoon session after the countrys average earnings for the month of October, not only surpassed market expectations, but also rose compared to the previous reading in...

Australia’s ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence falls 1.5 pct, albeit above long-run average

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence fell 1.5 percent, reversing the gains seen over the previous two weeks. Consumer sentiment remains well above its long-run average, however. Financial conditions sub-indices...

Australia’s ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence falls 1.5 pct, albeit above long-run average

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence fell 1.5 percent, reversing the gains seen over the previous two weeks. Consumer sentiment remains well above its long-run average, however. Financial conditions sub-indices...

Politics

Liberals adopt new rule to stop the revolving prime ministership

Scott Morrison has announced a major change in Liberal party rules to ensure a prime minister who wins an election serves the full term, unless two thirds of the party decides otherwise. Morrison said the Liberal party...

New hope in Nigeria, but Zimbabwe struggles with the same old problems

There has been a sense of transition in both Nigeria and Zimbabwe recently. In Nigeria, Obiageli Oby Ezekwesili launched her presidential election campaign. She is not expected to win in the 2019 election. At best, she...

The 60th anniversary of France's Fifth Republic: Out of breath?

The current French Republic was born in 1958 out of what were then referred to as the events in Algeria. On June 4 of that year, Charles de Gaulle used the opportunity of an attempted coup in Algiers to return to power,...

US presidential elections: why a Democrat is now favourite to win in 2020

The results of the US midterm elections are now largely in and they came as a shock to many seasoned forecasters. This wasnt the kind of shock that occurred in 2016, when the EU referendum tipped to Brexit and the US...

Politicians need to be braver about the biggest issues – like our consumption of meat

Scientists, environmentalists and animal rights activists have said it for many years. Now conclusive analysis has confirmed their argument. The global meat industry not only damages our health and is ethically dubious ...

Science

Scientist at work: To take atomic-scale pictures of tiny crystals, use a huge, kilometer-long synchrotron

Its 4 a.m., and Ive been up for about 20 hours straight. A loud alarm is blaring, accompanied by red strobe lights flashing. A stern voice announces, Searching station B. Exit immediately. It feels like an emergency, but...

There's no simple answer to what counts as 'science' in teaching reading

What is the best way to teach children to read? This apparently simple question has, in fact, has been the subject of robust and often polarised debate. Recently the New York Times ran an opinion piece titled Why are we...

New detections of gravitational waves brings the number to 11 – so far

Four new detections of gravitational waves have been announced at the Gravitational Waves Physics and Astronomy Workshop, at the University of Maryland in the United States. This brings the total number of detections to...

Worms in space: why we are launching them

Space launches are some of the most spectacular and nerve wracking events you can witness. And when you are actually involved in one, you realise just how much can go wrong. We are currently in Florida, nervously counting...

Curious Kids: What existed before the Big Bang? Did something have to be there to go boom?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions theyd like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome serious, weird or wacky! You might also like the...

Technology

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Release Date, Features: The Best Worlds & Characters Included in Game Launching Next Month

Kingdom Hearts 3 will be released next month with a very vast array of Disney worlds and characters included in the first full version of the game. There are, at least, 17 worlds confirmed a much higher number of...

‘GTA 6’ Release Date, Features: Is Game Map Going Back to London or Vice City?

Rockstar Games is still mum about any details related to GTA 6. However, rumors suggest that the sequel games map is most likely taking players back to either Vice City or London. The gameplay maps are some of the most...

‘Final Fantasy VII: Remake’ Release Date, Latest News & Update: Why Reimagining is Being Released in Multiple Parts

Final Fantasy VII: Remake wont be coming out anytime soon as Square Enix has scrapped most of the work thats been done by CyberConnect2. But apart from rebuilding, the sheer size of the game is another major factor that is...

‘Stranger Things 3: The Game’ Latest News & Update: Fans Can Join Season 3 Adventures in Mobile Game

Stranger Things Season 3 is coming up but Netflix has yet to announce when exactly it is going to drop. Just to drill the anticipation even deeper into fans, a new mobile game in Stranger Things 3: The Game was recently...

‘Fallout 76’ Latest News & Update: Glitch with Real-Life Consequences, Players Advised to Avoid Toxic Game?

If there was any doubt before, the most recent issue related to Fallout 76 has made its title of being the worst game that Bethesda ever made official. Everything from the bug-infested mechanics to the misleading physical...
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