British Politics

I'm Still With Her

Danielle Wood | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Danielle Wood

Hillary Rodham Clinton's concession speech was everything that diplomacy should be - I should stop typing, turn off my computer and sulk somewhere else because if she can pull herself together, slap on mascara and tell America, and the world, to keep an open mind then I have no place to be playing a violin.

Brexit Bunglers Blame Everyone But Themselves For Their Mess

Will Black | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Will Black

There is a desperation from the government and vocal Eurosceptics to rush the process to leave the EU. It is as though they think the public has been duped and they want to push things along before more people are fully alert to the dangers of hard Brexit.

Queen Of Omnishambles Theresa May And The Brexit Bunglers

Will Black | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Politics
Will Black

There are Leave voters, as well as Remainers, who believe that the team chosen to deal with Brexit is so poor that it was deliberately selected to thwart the process. Though an amusing idea, I'm not convinced that this is true. However, whether by design or ineptitude, what we have seen from Theresa May and her team so far hasn't lifted her from the characterisation of Queen of the Omnishambles.

Data Shows Why Building A Wall In Calais Is Bound To Fail

Natalie Stanton | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK
Natalie Stanton

If policymakers are serious about resolving the crisis in Calais, they need to take immediate steps to fix this broken system. It has become clear that no progress will be made until funds are invested in educating and empowering the camp's residents, rather than continuing to segregate and dehumanise them.

Yelling 'Sexist' Doesn't Mask Your Incompetence, But It Can Ruin Your Argument

Olive Barton | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Olive Barton

Emily Thornberry, shadow foreign-secretary and shadow Brexit secretary accused sky news presenter Murnaghan of sexism on Sunday when challenged to name both the French foreign secretary and South Korean Prime Minister repeatedly. Thornberry accused Murnaghan of spending the interview time pub quizzing her rather than discussing the more 'serious' issues at hand such as Syria and North Korea.

Should We Honour the 'Quiet Bat-People'?

Tom Johnson | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Johnson

The history of nepotism probably began fifteen seconds after the first man gained a position of power. It's a deeply uncomfortable word, personifying both the best and worst of humanity. It captures a deep seated desire to improve the lot of those we hold dearest, which manifests itself in taking advantage of position, power and privilege.

Brexit: The Iron Curtain of the 21st Century

The London Magazine | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Politics
The London Magazine

By lording an image of mass deportations over its EU residents, Great Britain is causing en passant more damage to the EU than any other regional power has managed to accomplish in a concerted effort.

The Paradox of Conservative Progression

Ryan Ellis | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Ellis

May's one nation conservatism is undoubtedly more akin to Disraeli than Cameron's interpretation. Though the concern still stands that the party has merely taken two steps forward, and one jump back.

An Overseas Attempt to Combat British Democratic Apathy

Beth Gray | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Gray

The '45ers' will travel to Florida in November during the final week of the Presidential Election to experience the excitement around American politics once more, compiling our findings upon our return in order to produce our legacy report which will outline our suggestions for British political parties as to how they can increase youth engagement.

Current British Politics Would Be Rather Comical, If This Was 'The Thick of It', and Not Reality

Charley Bendall | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Charley Bendall

Having just resigned as Prime Minister, David Cameron strolled back into Downing Street on Tuesday humming himself a little tune--a tune not unremarka...

It's Time We Celebrate Immigration

Tanne Spielman | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tanne Spielman

Let's remember it is the prospect of a better life or simply falling in love with this country, its people and all that it stands for which has brought immigrants like my parents to Britain for centuries. That is why many of us are here today.

Why Britannia Is Still Cool - At Least Until Thursday

Maria Kivimaa | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Maria Kivimaa

I first visited London in 1998, at the age of 14. I remember walking up the rainy Oxford Street, with a new pair of checked trousers from Topshop and ...

Can the Left Really Support Remaining in the EU?

Ben Seifert | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Seifert

When strangers find out I'm a 'Leave' campaigner they think I'm a Ukip supporter, when friends find out I'm met with mostly confusion. This is a testament to how under-represented the "Lexit" (left-wing exit) argument has been in the referendum debate.

Sadly for the Left, 'Vote Remain' Is the Only Viable Option

Niamh Carroll | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Niamh Carroll

There is no arguing against the corruptness of the EU, the system is flawed and concentrates authority in a minority who are given the political and economic power to crush the sovereignty of countries like Greece. Yet right now, I believe Britain needs to remain in the union to be able to fight back with Greece but also to squash the re-emergence of the right, neoliberal branch of the Tory party, who are hell bent on propelling us back into a Thatcherite age.

In, Out: A Political Hokey Pokey

Emily Campbell | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Campbell

For many, doomsday is just around the corner. The 23rd June that is, marks the potential end to Britain's existence within the EU which for 'Bremainer...

Panama Papers: Cameron Won't Jump & Britain Won't Push Him

Jordan Daly | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jordan Daly

While our own Prime Minister benefits from an offshore fund established to avoid tax - one of my grandparents is lumped with a backdated tax collection totalling £2500, and has to take out a bank loan to repay it. This is our economy. This is the system that we operate within and, frankly, it's on us to do something about it.

The Irresistible Rise of Nige

Bex Felton | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Politics
Bex Felton

So welcome back Nigel Farage: the face of acceptable bigotry and daytime drinking. It looks like we missed you.

Isis Are Attacking More Countries Than Paris

Jess Readett | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jess Readett

If you genuinely care about the victims of ISIS then don't just care for the white dead ones. Care for the ones washing up on the shores of Calais, for the ones seeking asylum across Europe and for the ones our government will strike as 'collateral damage'. Don't bullshit with white washed sincerity and empty paragraphs that are little more than a jump on to the bandwagon.

Gove Beats the Olive Oil Drum to Leave the EU

John Sargeant | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

June 23rd will settle one of the longest rows that has existed in modern British politics - whether the UK remains in or leaves the European Union. G...

Contempt for the Labour Right? Too Bloody Right!

Phil Jones | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Politics
Phil Jones

If you're a part of the right wing of the Labour Party, look away now. In fact, don't bother, you probably lack the self awareness to even realise it...

How Do Political Parties Take Defeat?

Seth Alexander Thevoz | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Politics
Seth Alexander Thevoz

Understandably, much attention tends to focus on election winners -- to the victors go the spoils. Studying the habits of those in government seems endlessly more fascinating, revealing, and rewarding; and on a psychological level, everybody likes a winner and nobody likes a loser.

'Mr Cameron's Poodle?' The House of Lords and Its Powers

Seth Alexander Thevoz | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics
Seth Alexander Thevoz

This week's defeat of the British government in the House of Lords over cuts to tax credits has highlighted just how much power remains with the unele...

No More Heroes - The Left is Wrong to Idolise Jeremy Corbyn

Gerry Flynn | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Politics
Gerry Flynn

Enough! E-fucking-nough. Whilst the idealistic leanings of my mind strain and yearn for Jeremy Corbyn to deliver on his mandate with the ruthless effi...

Politics as 'Business as Usual' Is No More: Whatever Lies in Store We Are Entering Uncharted Territory

Christian Garland | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

Jeremy Corbyn's landslide 59.5% victory in winning the Labour leadership election in which his mandate was bigger than that of even Tony Blair's, has left the media and political establishment open-mouthed - both its right-wing Tory cheerleaders, and more 'serious' 'weightier' news media.

Corbyn's PMQs Debut: How He Went Out for a Cheeseburger and Ended Up in the Ritz

Georgina Edwards | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

What encapsulates all of Corbyn's shortcomings in yesterday's PMQs is a lack of drive and ambition. He seems quite content to remain as a critic, rather than a leader, to react, rather than seize initiative, and to create a socialist movement, rather than a socialist country. He is Labour's accidental leader. As if he went out in search for a Cheeseburger and ended up dining at the Ritz.