After what seems like an eternity since the election, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States this week. Whilst the initial shock of the election result has started to wear off it has been replaced with the smaller, but more frequent shocks of how a Trump Presidency is shaping up.
Fifteen years ago, I travelled to Qufu, the birthplace of China's most famous philosopher, Confucius, who lived from 551-479 BC. I had lived in and travelled around China, including Hong Kong, for much of the previous decade and wanted to learn more about the source of so much of Chinese culture's ancient wisdom before returning to Britain.
This is when I truly understood intersectionality. It was naively racist of me to be outraged that the election result was down to sexism; it was far more down to racism. So how can I truly be fighting for equality of the sexes, if I do not fight for equality in all other aspects? Bluntly, I cannot.
Blaming young people for not going out and voting for someone who offers them absolutely nothing is totally misplaced frustration. Politicians need to get out to schools, colleges, universities, giving talks and answering questions; this shouldn't just happen around election time either. It is common sense to invest time in young people who will shortly come to voting age. At the very least, why ignore a massive demographic who could potentially help win your party power?
Here we've had mince pies in the shops with a pre-Christmas sell by date, since September and now we've jumped straight to Black Friday. Except we haven't even copied it properly. This random excuse to increase sales has been going on for weeks in advance, it's been repurposed by some retailers as 'black ticket' sales, whatever that's supposed to mean
Once upon a time in the United States, political parties ruled the political landscape. They internally nominated candidates, mounted campaign operations, and were held collectively responsible for the successes and failures of government. In recent decades, however, the relevance of the traditional two-party system has steadily declined.
I'm no fan of Donald Trump and I think it's sad that these were the two best candidates the Republicans and Democrats had to offer. However, personal feelings aside, looking at the conversations taking place on social media and the stories that have dominated the alternative news, there seem to be a number of underlying reasons for a Trump victory.
I never thought I would hope to see a Hilary Clinton presidency. Yet as election day looms, I find myself hoping the American electorate rejects the divisive and racist rhetoric of the Trump candidacy, and instead chooses the establishment. An establishment that my instincts and political education have taught me to reject and resist.
The historical record shows us that when faced with European economic and political exclusion Britons have tried to achieve their political and economic security through overseas, primarily, transatlantic connections. When we consider recent events in Europe and Europe's near abroad, it is again to those connections that Britain is likely to turn for peace and prosperity.
In response to a question about whether the media has covered the substantive issues of the campaign, she said. "Everyone knows where they stand on the substantive issues.You know where Trump stands on immigration and where Clinton stands on immigration." It's a horse race, someone remarked. "People love a horse race," she replied.