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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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

(12) 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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Cameron Pitches to the Old Tory Base - But It's Him That's the Problem

(1) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (20:14)

The Conservative party conference, image-wise, was a festival of traditionalism. The flag was everywhere, for instance - though that's the style these days, and not exclusive to the Tories' Manchester bash. The flag of the Union even managed to splash itself all over the Conservatives' own logo, albeit an awkward...

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Miliband Nails His Colours to the Mast - But Can He Make Them Stick Until Election Day?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2013 | (20:28)

There's something different about Ed Miliband when he steps onto the stage at Labour party conferences. He is, in many ways, an awkward media performer, often garbled, often repetitive, often unclear. Yet, as he showed in Manchester last year and in Brighton on Tuesday, he is capable of pulling a...

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Clegg's Tactic of Centrism Won't Ring True to His Party - Or to the British People

(1) Comments | Posted 19 September 2013 | (18:50)

Nick Clegg's speech to the Liberal Democrats at their party conference in Glasgow was focused, very definitively, on the centre. The Lib Dems, he said, are 'in the centre of Government and the centre of British politics, standing up for the millions of people in the middle.' He spoke of...

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Labour Aren't in as Much Trouble as You Think - But Miliband Must Be Assertive if He Is to Win

(36) Comments | Posted 16 August 2013 | (00:00)

Now is the summer of our discontent - if you're a Labour voter, at least. Backbenchers have been crawling out of the woodwork in the past few weeks, angry at the perceived lack of direction from Ed Miliband and his shadow cabinet, worried that the party is not doing what...

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Bash the Bishop Over Wonga? No, Bash the Government

(3) Comments | Posted 25 July 2013 | (14:33)

Once a businessman, always a businessman, eh?

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has announced plans to use the Church of England to expand credit unions. His thinking is that this will provide the poor with an alternative to pay-day lenders, such as the oft-criticised Wonga. Welby joined...

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MPs Should Be Paid More - But to Do the Job, The Whole Job, And Nothing but the Job

(19) Comments | Posted 13 July 2013 | (00:00)

Is an MP worth £66,396 a year? How about £67,060? £74,000? Hard to say, but the general perception is that parliamentarians are fiscally well-endowed but morally bankrupt. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Association (Ipsa) doesn't agree, and its chairman, Ian Kennedy, has recommended that MPs should indeed get £74,000 a year...

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