Jack Butler
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Student at University of Birmingham, studying English with Creative Writing. Occasional blogger on politics and other such things. Fighting against injustice, dishonesty and male pattern baldness.
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Why MPs Aren't Doing What They're Told - And Why That Might Be a Good Thing

(0) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (23:00)

Anyone who's ever seen The Thick of It (so, everyone, basically) will know the importance that government enforcer Malcolm Tucker places on ministers and MPs 'knowing their lines.' What that means is, of course, saying the right thing at the right time, day in, day out, forever. Toeing the party...

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Meet Labour's Critics - They've All Got Something in Common...

(20) Comments | Posted 2 February 2015 | (23:00)

There's an election on the way. I don't know if you'd noticed, but whatever - you definitely know now, so let's carry on. During an election campaign, we can usually expect notable figures to crop up in the news, offering their opinions on who you and I should be voting...

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Why David Cameron Rejecting Election Debates Is a Totally Great Idea

(53) Comments | Posted 9 January 2015 | (23:00)

Apparently, it is the prime minister's 'very strong opinion' that TV election debates cannot be held without the Greens. I'd like to express my admiration for him. I'm glad he's come to that view.

I don't believe that the makeup of the TV debates should be decided by an...

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Get Ready, Britain - The 2015 Election Could Be Up To 100% Fact-Free!

(6) Comments | Posted 6 January 2015 | (23:00)

The hardcore enthusiasts of American political news (aka - nerds) among you may be aware of an US cable news programme called The Rachel Maddow Show. It's on MSNBC and it's not easy to watch in the UK, but there is a podcast of the show available if you're interested....

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Forget Myleene's Mansions - Britain's Housing System Is Just a Rigged Lottery for the Richest

(29) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (23:00)

Let me give you a window into the life of an irregular student journalist writing infrequently for this website. You write a post. You submit it. It goes live. Your friends like it on Facebook (bless them). Your dad reads it at the office when he should really be working....

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The Arrogance of the 'Big Two' Will Cause Their Downfall in Our New Multi-Party System

(10) Comments | Posted 26 October 2014 | (10:55)

Who will win the next election? Nobody knows - but it depends on what you mean by the word 'win.' Can anyone win an overall majority of votes? Nope. No chance, for sure. Can anyone win an overall majority of seats? Maybe, but that's not something that you'd want to...

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The Scottish Referendum Is Living Proof - You CAN Get Young People to the Polls

(6) Comments | Posted 19 September 2014 | (16:53)

I am a young person. You might not think that if you ever saw me face-to-face. I don't get ID'd when buying alcohol and people don't hand me leaflets for their awesome club nights, but I am still a young person. I'm 22. I'm also quite unusual for a young...

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Charging Drunks to Use A&E? Oh, the Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2014 | (12:54)

Every so often, I read an article or hear a soundbite that makes me so angry, I decide I must blog about it, instantly. In reality, blogging is not typically the best option when I am so angry. The most useful response would be to bang my head off a...

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The Russia Situation Highlights the Money Problem at the Heart of UK Politics

(7) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (15:39)

Who would want to play tennis with David Cameron and Boris Johnson. I don't think I would like to do that. What if they were better at tennis than I was? That's the sort of embarrassment that would be difficult to live down. Last time I played tennis, the ball...

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The Schumacher Accident Has Showcased the Worst of the Media

(0) Comments | Posted 18 June 2014 | (00:00)

The news that a 45-year-old father of two has moved out of a coma, a coma in which he has been for nearly six months, should be cause for celebration. Indeed, it was a cause for celebration for hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, because this particular 45-year-old father of...

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Miliband's Snap With the Sun May Be the Epitome of Shallow, Lazy Politics

(3) Comments | Posted 13 June 2014 | (16:02)

Seeing that now-infamous photograph of Ed Miliband, holding Thursday's copy of the Sun out in front of him as if it were one of those enormous novelty cheques, with an awkward grin on his face, triggered a fairly typical reaction from me - a sigh, and a roll of my...

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Miliband Must Go After the Tentative Ukippers, Not the Ex-Lib Dems

(3) Comments | Posted 19 May 2014 | (00:00)

Huffington Post reader - imagine a scenario for me. You've woken up this morning, and you're doing your usual morning thing, whatever that is. Everything's pretty cool, until you happen to walk past a mirror and - woah! What the hell? It turns out you're Ed Miliband. This is clearly...

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A Labour Offer To Take Back Rail Would Be Big, Bold, and a Winner

(0) Comments | Posted 7 May 2014 | (17:15)

For the past three years, I've been commuting, during uni semesters, from a little village in Staffordshire into the centre of Birmingham, four days a week. That's four trains a day, and two of those trains are pretty much guaranteed to be a total nightmare. I travel into Birmingham New...

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Ideas of What Is or Isn't 'Earned' Will Define This Era of Politics

(2) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (00:00)

As the old saying goes, 'A fair day's work for a fair day's pay', and this was the idea which underpinned how we all thought about wages, work and social progression. You get what you deserve, what you earn, and that's how you get along in life. However, in today's...

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Osborne's Political Budget a Pitch for a Post-2015 Promotion

(11) Comments | Posted 21 March 2014 | (23:00)

The headline on the front page of Thursday's edition of the Sun was particularly impressive, as that paper goes. It was 'WIN-GO!', which doesn't sound like much, until you realise that it was stylised to match the logo of the Sun's own online bingo site. The headline succeeded as an...

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The Lesson for British Eurosceptics From Ukraine - Europe Matters, and Europe Works

(11) Comments | Posted 3 March 2014 | (15:25)

25 years ago this November, the Berlin Wall fell and the separation between east and west in Europe began the long, torturous process of healing. Today, you might be forgiven for thinking that the political distance between eastern Europe and western Europe is again growing, rather than shrinking. Ukraine is...

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Protests on Campuses Just One Sign of the Malaise Gripping Universities

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2014 | (23:00)

As I write this, I am looking at two very different documents. The first is an e-mail I received on Thursday morning from the Vice Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, David Eastwood. The second is a press release put out on the same day by Defend Education...

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The Big Thaw: Are Labour Hearts Melting to the Lib Dems Again?

(1) Comments | Posted 12 January 2014 | (23:00)

New Year's resolutions are a silly old game, let's be honest, but it seems they may be all the rage in Westminster this January. Ed Balls is definitely giving them a good go: it looks like one the changes he's making for 2014 is to be nicer to the Liberal...

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This Government Is Hammering Young People - Because It Can Get Away With It

(44) Comments | Posted 17 November 2013 | (23:00)

I am a student - obviously, this is the Students page. As a student living in the UK in 2013, I have to pay over three thousand pounds a year for my university education; I have friends who are paying closer to nine thousand. Why is higher education so expensive?...

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Will 2015 Be the Last 'Old Media' Election - Or the First 'New Media' One?

(5) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (00:00)

Anyone who reads newspapers on a semi-regular basis will have noticed that, recently, there's been a steady, drip-drip increase in stories about Leveson and freedom of the press. Newspaper stories about newspapers aren't generally big sellers - people vaguely approve of a free press, disapprove of hacking the phones of...

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