Daniel W Smith
I moved up to the north from Rugby; leaving my very middle class neighbourhood and family to go to university in September 2009 and since then I have made Stoke-on-Trent my home. I began my studies in film and media; a subject steeped in theory and essay writing. As I progressed through my degree I found that my passion for my subject was waning and while I passed my degree with good grades I found my time was better spent in the politics and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) societies. While in these places I developed my passion not only for politics, but also for fundamental human rights. During my time at university I have varied on the political spectrum, I have swung from the Conservative right to where I find myself now: a centralised left. I used to consider the concept of foreign aid and the concept of a European Union to be contrary to the welfare of Britain. However, after much studying I have learnt that neither of the above are a threat to British society. Even though I’m young; politics are important to me, this country and indeed the world as they shape the entirety of the human experience and as such political issues should be shouted about from the rooftops.

In terms of my experience, since April 2013 I have written my own political blog where I have amassed over 11,000 readers and a respectable following. Also in this time I found myself writing for Pinknews.co.uk. During the month that I worked there I wrote over 60 articles and really developed my skills as a writer. I find it is important to connect with your readers; I like to mix a comedic and serious tone in what I do. I like to think as what I do as both entertainment and informative and therefore I wish to demonstrate my passion by writing for your newspaper.


Entries by Daniel W Smith

After the Dust Settles, The Thoughts and Regrets of a Remain Supporter

(1) Comments | Posted 26 June 2016 | (09:48)

So Britain has voted and has decided to leave the European Union with 51.9% of the electorate voting to take Britain out of the of the EU. As a member of the 48.1% who voted to stay disappointment is an understatement. Having been unable to sleep and staying up all...

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The EU Referendum: The Importance of Your Vote

(2) Comments | Posted 25 April 2016 | (11:59)

On Thursday 23rd June the people of Britain will vote on our membership of the European Union, an issue that will shape the future of our country more so than an any other issue. It has never been more important to make sure that you're registered to vote. I won't...

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Prophet or Not, You're Not Free From Being Offended

(0) Comments | Posted 9 January 2015 | (09:02)

In the light of the most horrendous terrorist attack in France in many decades it is important that none of us should be cowed or allow our freedoms be attacked or diluted. The mass murder of journalist, illustrators and even police men by Islamic extremist means more than ever that...

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Western Ineptitude and Weakness Has Handed Russia Ukraine on a Plate

(0) Comments | Posted 29 March 2014 | (09:03)

I think it goes without saying that the world reacted with shock, surprise and anger when Russia invaded the Crimean region of Ukraine. The events taking place in Ukraine sprung from the populist movement to remove the Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych who to all intents and purposes was nothing more...

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It Would Have Been Better for Britain to Stay Out of World War? I Disagree

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2014 | (21:46)

Historian Niall Ferguson caused controversy this week when he claimed that the one of the biggest errors in modern history. His main claim is that Britain could have lived with a German victory. I respect Mr Ferguson's right to an opinion but I respectfully disagree with him. Now unlike him...

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The Church of England Is One Generation Away From Extinction? Damn I Hoped It Would be Sooner

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2013 | (18:31)

The Anglican Communion led by the Church of England boasts having an estimated 80 million followers around the world, the third largest Christian Communion in the world. However at home in the UK the Church of England speaks out on an impending crisis with congregations empty and young people turning...

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Easing of the Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood? I'm Still Insulted

(1) Comments | Posted 17 November 2013 | (13:45)

Prior to 2011 sexually active gay men in the United Kingdom were banned for life from donating blood because of a fear of HIV/AIDS. The National Blood Service has consistently argued that the ban was needed ensure the protection of public health. The biggest change to this happened in 2011...

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The 11th Doctor: Let Down by a Combination of Substandard Acting and Poor Writing

(25) Comments | Posted 13 November 2013 | (23:00)

I've never really written something that isn't in someway political so this is a first for me and to start something brand new with a subject I adore does make me very happy, what makes me sad however is the title I have to give this particular piece. With Matt...

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My 'Arts' Degree Is Not Worth the Paper It's Written On

(0) Comments | Posted 7 November 2013 | (23:00)

At the age of 17/18 years of age most young people at college are pushed in the direction of university, university is considered the pinnacle of ones academic career and the place where the foundations for the entire future shall be laid. Going off to university is without a doubt...

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The Internalised Homophobia of the International Olympic Committee

(3) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (10:19)

From the day of writing only 106 days remain until the most expensive Olympics ever to be hosted take place in Mother Russia. The eyes of the world shall be firmly fixed on Sochi as athletes from every corner of the world participate to prove that they are the best...

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