Callum Jones
Callum is a seventeen year-old college student with a passion for politics. He makes regular trips to Westminster to report on day to day events in the Commons chamber. He is an obsessive user of social media, blogging and tweeting on the latest political developments in Britain and around the world.

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Entries by Callum Jones

Lib Dem Conference - the 'Proalition' Politics of Power

(1) Comments | Posted 25 September 2012 | (00:00)

Shortly before the annual Liberal Democrat meet got underway at the Brighton centre, a fringe event was taking place in a stuffy conference room next door. Party president Tim Farron and home office minister Jeremy Browne were both in attendance, but the most telling words came from Stephen Tall, co-editor...

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Reshuffling Personnel Is a Start, but Policy Will Be the Decider in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 7 September 2012 | (11:48)

As Britain headed to work on a Tuesday morning like any other, Westminster was feeding on its diet of speculation even more than usual. The reshuffle laid bare David Cameron's aims for the rest of the parliament for all to see. His turn to the right of his party seemed...

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Nick Clegg's Next Move

(0) Comments | Posted 31 August 2012 | (11:40)

"The Liberal Democrats are currently enjoying a surge of support which they will ride to an impressive victory in 2015", so says nobody. Although commentary of the party's plight in some corners of the press is unnecessarily exaggerated, not even Nick Clegg can deny they're on a bumpy path towards...

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Why School Sport Isn't the Answer to the Olympic Legacy Question

(3) Comments | Posted 14 August 2012 | (00:00)

So here we are - the day after the night before. The Spice Girls remove their make-up and Britain looks back on its greatest fortnight in modern history.

With 29 gold medals, our athletes impressed the world. That's more than Australia managed at the 2000 Games in Sydney, or the...

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How the Coalition Can Move Forward From the 2012 Queen's Speech

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2012 | (17:27)

Yesterday, at the so-called "rose garden re-launch", a worker put a question to the Prime Minister and his Deputy that told more than it asked. Due to the vast differences between Conservative and Liberal ideologies concocting what the questioner called "watered down policies", he asked what could be done over...

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Tories in Trouble: The Week of Weakness

(0) Comments | Posted 31 March 2012 | (15:06)

It's a journalistic cliché, but it's safe to say we have just witnessed the government's worst week so far. What made it so significant was that it was the Conservatives that bore the brunt of the crises, not the Liberal Democrats. Whilst he hung with Obama in South Korea, there...

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The Budget 2012 Review: For the Richer or for the Poorer?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2012 | (15:07)

In 1947, whilst Chancellor of the Exchequer Hugh Dalton was on his way to deliver his annual budget in the Commons, he made a brief stop to chat to a journalist. In this conversation, he disclosed a few quotes and statistics he was just about to announce. The journalist- John...

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How a Minority of Politicians are Letting Westminister Down

(8) Comments | Posted 12 March 2012 | (23:00)

Allow me to let you in on a little-known secret. The unwritten rules of teenage social status mean that political writers don't make it up very high on the food chain. If someone at my college asks me what I did the night before, I usually opt for convenient memory...

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Press Pressure; Bankers, Beware

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2012 | (21:17)

We live in a world where, if someone starts up a campaign, they don't head to Westminster, but Fleet Street. An individual politician does not have the same popularity, respect, or credibility that an individual newspaper has. A rambling speech in the Commons is dwarfed in influence when compared to...

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2011 Review (Part 2)

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2011 | (23:00)

Who coined the phrase 'slow-news summers'? In August, the Libyan Civil War dragged on, and the rebels' success caused Gaddafi's regime to behave increasingly erratically.

Sky News correspondent Mark Stone, who posted video updates on YouTube during his time in Tripoli earlier in 2011, described to me...

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2011 Review - Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted 28 December 2011 | (23:00)

As fireworks lit up the skies and 2011 began, we knew little about the year we were welcoming. Of course, we were preparing for a royal wedding and predicting our chapter of austerity had barely begun. Yet, we had no idea that the global stage would alter so drastically. We...

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In Defence of Jeremy Clarkson

(0) Comments | Posted 2 December 2011 | (13:38)

Out of context, what Jeremy Clarkson said on The One Show on Wednesday was disgusting and wrong. Granted- even in context, the entertainer's choice of vocabulary didn't make the joke particularly entertaining. However, does anyone else feel like yet another anti-BBC bandwagon has hit the road?

The gag was simple....

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The 'Hackgate' Chronicles; James Murdoch's Showdown #2

(0) Comments | Posted 9 November 2011 | (18:17)

And so, the "hackgate" scandal returns to the front pages. When James Murdoch walks into Portcullis House on Thursday morning, I presume he shall do so with a degree of timidity. He is meeting with the Culture, Media and Sport Committee to discuss phone hacking and further allegations of illegality...

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A Lesson on European History, and Compromise

(1) Comments | Posted 22 October 2011 | (18:02)

It is the elephant of too many rooms. The complexity of the British membership of the European Union has caused controversy for decades. Should we stay or should we go? The debate in Commons on Monday will not decide the outcome of the heated argument, but it will suggest whether...

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The Fate of Liam Fox

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2011 | (11:59)

It's not a question of whether Liam Fox was a victim of a media witch-hunt or whether he simply broke the rules and faced the music. When David Cameron stood outside that black door in May last year, he promised a "clean, transparent" style of governance. He knew, following the...

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Conservative Party Conference 2011: A Week in Manchester

(0) Comments | Posted 6 October 2011 | (00:00)

It was marred by protests, a victim of the standard ministerial gaffes and the final event of the annual season, but it was the way that the 2011 Conservative Party Conference clashed with the European economic crisis that made it so significant. We had been expecting the usual Tory PR...

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A week in Liverpool; the Labour Party Conference 2011

(0) Comments | Posted 30 September 2011 | (00:00)

As I look back at my initial hopes for the Labour Party this week, it's safe to say that none of them quite came true.

This event in Liverpool gave Ed Miliband and his team a number of opportunities. I wanted Labour to advertise some of their strong Shadow Cabinet...

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My Week in Birmingham: the Liberal Democrat Party Conference 2011

(0) Comments | Posted 22 September 2011 | (00:00)

I'll let you in on a secret; I'm not an expert at this. I haven't had the years of experience that Nick Robinson, Krishnan Guru-Murthy or the great Andy Sparrow are blessed with, which makes me greatly appreciate the fact you're currently reading my...

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The Future Electorate Debate; How to Engage the new Political Generation

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2011 | (18:12)

The following piece refers to "The Future Electorate; the Problems with Politics". Read the report here.

Earlier on this month, as my summer drew to a close, I published a report online in time for parliament's return on 5th September. It had taken the majority of my summer...

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The Battle for Libya is Only Half the Fight for Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted 23 August 2011 | (16:20)

This is my third attempt to draft a piece on the recent break through in Tripoli by the National Transitional Council. It felt wrong to publish the first draft on Sunday evening when so much was changing so quickly. Yesterday, the second attempt looked too far ahead, but I may...

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