British Politics

When Can I Vote 'No' To More Referendums?

Alan Grant | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

The year 2013-14 came with a reputation building licence for many who were trying to break into Scottish politics. Amidst the febrile atmosphere of the referendum, individuals from both sides, who were previously only known to political anoraks, became household names. Since then, Scottish politics has been infused with new talent, of varying degrees of quality, by incorporating those who stood up, spoke out, and helped make their case during those dramatic days

Tories Limp On But The Momentum Is All With Labour

Phil Jones | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Phil Jones

I crawled red eyed into bed shortly before dawn last Friday. Exhausted but optimistic for the future. The Tories still the largest party but their majority gone. Strong and stable? Do me a favour. This rickety, shambolic, broken government is limping towards election defeat in the not too distant future.

How British Politics Abandoned Faith In Energy Switching

Tom Bailey | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Bailey

If the policies of the two main political parties are anything to go by, the idea of a competitive energy market where consumers readily switch their supplier has been abandoned by the mainstream of British politics.

Why The House Of Lords Shouldn't Be Abolished But Reformed

Lauren E. White | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren E. White

The House of Lords could be something great if governments weren't too afraid or selfish to change it for the better. Abolishing the House would give governments too much power and we would most certainly run the risk of an oppressive - even a totalitarian-like - government. Real reform could deliver real results. Don't abolish the future, abolish the present holding us back.

Trump's Assault On Climate Change Is Capitalism At Its Worst: Civil Society Must Resist

Ewan Somerville | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

The beast of capitalism has slid under most noses for too long, but now it is exhibited within the White House for all to see. Trump and his team are not 'maniacs', the world has not 'gone mad'. No these people know exactly what they are doing, and they love such escapist labels. It is precisely us, civil society, that must stop them in their tracks with this loud and clear message: you may have ruled the world until now, but no longer.

Article 50 Debate: Labour Has Given The Tories Free Rein Over Brexit

Dr Andrew Crines | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Crines

The idea of a more progressive/social Brexit is simply an unrealistic premise in the current narrative. Corbyn has surrendered the debate to the hard Brexiteers. Many in Labour still want to fight but without the leadership on board, such an endeavour is likely to fail.

Don't Tell Me 'Post-Truth' Politics Is Anything Other Than Lying

Helen Clifford | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Helen Clifford

I learnt what a white lie was in a Sainsbury's car park when I was about seven. Someone asked my Mother whether she had any spare change. She apologis...

An Alternative 2016 Roundup

Joanna Taylor | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Joanna Taylor

Every generation has a fight on its hands and it looks like ours is going to be a tough one. The major horrors of 2016 represent some horrible and worrying trends in international politics, but we've overcome worse yet. 2016 doesn't have to be the year in which everything went wrong, but can become a turning-point from which we pull together to evince positive change.

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 11.10.2017 | 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 22.09.2017 | 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 14.09.2017 | 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 06.08.2017 | 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 26.07.2017 | 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 15.07.2017 | 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 15.07.2017 | 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 12.07.2017 | 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 22.06.2017 | 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 21.06.2017 | 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 13.06.2017 | 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 08.06.2017 | 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 26.05.2017 | 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 11.04.2017 | 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 12.04.2017 | UK Politics
Bex Felton

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