William Davie
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William Davie is a twenty one year old second year journalism student at the University of Gloucestershire. Passionate about people and politics, he tweets daily at @KingCrawa, blogs weekly at Thoughts from the Fourth Estate, thinks about things way too much and reads far too little for his own liking. All his thoughts are his own.

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It's the Taking Part That Counts

(0) Comments | Posted 12 July 2014 | (12:12)

It hasn't been a great summer for British sport. England falling before the quarter finals at the World Cup, Andy Murray crashing out of Wimbledon and Mark Cavendish taking himself out of the Tour De France in the first stage have all, I would suspect, left British sports fans very...

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Listen to Those Turbulent Priests

(2) Comments | Posted 24 February 2014 | (15:45)

"Will nobody rid me of this turbulent priest," cried Henry II shortly before some knights got the wrong end of the stick and murdered archbishop Thomas Beckett. I would imagine that similar sentiments are being expressed in and around Westminster right now.

But the thing is, when 27 anglican...

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Six Ways to Turn the Country Around

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2014 | (13:24)

A credible government needs a credible opposition. Only by having someone who can say "No. You are wrong, this is how we can do that better" can a government claim some legitimacy. It means that someone is keeping an eye on them. It's why dictatorships, usually remove all opposition. If...

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The Statistics Don't Match the Truth

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2014 | (12:58)

American author Mark Twain once said that there are "three types of lies. Lies, damn lies and statistics". This nifty little phrase certainly comes to mind today, when you see that the Institute of Fiscal Studies have accused the government of using dodgy stats to support their claims that living...

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Smart Technology is the Way of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2014 | (13:59)

In the latest episode of Sherlock, the master detective becomes convinced that the Napoleon of Blackmail, Charles Augustus Magnusson, has some sort of smart technology within his glasses that allows him to recall information on people, some sort of 4G remote wireless. While in the episode this belief turns out...

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Why Not Ask the Teachers?

(6) Comments | Posted 16 January 2014 | (23:00)

Michael Gove is not a popular education secretary. The fact that he has been the subject of a vote of no confidence from both of the major teaching unions stands as a testament to this. But then again, this shouldn't be surprising. Very few education secretaries are ever popular. And...

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Splitting the Christmas Season

(0) Comments | Posted 26 December 2013 | (23:00)

Christmas is supposed to be a time for family, or so it is said. But what do you do when you have more than one family who wants your time over the holiday?

I'm not talking specifically of children who have to deal with separated parents, - though that...

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Nelson Mandela: His Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (23:00)

I am the Master of my Fate. I am the Captain of my Soul - Invictus

Few people can be said to have changed the course of history. But Nelson Mandela, first black President of South Africa, did. With his passing, today, the world has lost not only a great...

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It's Time to Take Responsiblity

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2013 | (10:42)

There's a phrase in environmental politics called Nimbyism, which stands for Not In My Back Yard. In essence it means that people want renewable energy projects such as wind farms to be built, provided of course, they aren't built anywhere near them.

The problem is, this is not a...

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Welcome to the Ministry of Truth

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2013 | (07:47)

In George Orwell's novel 1984, the hero, Winston Smith, works at the Ministry of Truth, the government agency concerned with the media, and propaganda. Smith's job is literally to re- write the history books, so that everything the Party says matches up with what they have supposedly said before. Even...

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A Peristant Myth

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2013 | (17:27)

There's a persistent myth where university is concerned that, even if you don't know what you want to do when you arrive, by the time you start your third year you will know exactly what you want to do with your life. What's more, you will have a plan of...

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A Chance for Reflection

(0) Comments | Posted 22 October 2013 | (08:50)

In the HBO movie "Game Change" John McCain tells Sarah Palin not to get "co-opted by (Rush) Limbaugh and the other extremists," warning her that they will "destroy the party if you let them."

Apt words don't you think?

As the United States recovers from the Government shut...

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Atmosphere Is the Key

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2013 | (10:36)

I'm not a huge fan of sport; I should say that right now. For me a nice evening in with a book, or a political debate on the telly is much more fun. Maybe it's because I've never been very good at it, but I have never really understood what...

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Leap Into the Unknown

(0) Comments | Posted 1 October 2013 | (16:05)

Being a journalist is all about being willing to try new things. After all, if we stay in our little bubbles and only write or talk about what we know, then yes, we may write insanely good copy regarding French parliamentary elections, but we will have a very limited career....

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Maybe It's Time to Look to Germany

(6) Comments | Posted 24 September 2013 | (00:00)

The chances are that by the time you read this, the results from the German general election will be in, and barring something completely unforeseen, Angela Merkel will have claimed the crown once again. But this article is not about the German elections, important as they are, but about two...

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An Open Letter to University Freshers

(1) Comments | Posted 17 September 2013 | (00:00)

Dear University Freshers,

With a load of you moving in at the University of Gloucestershire today, I started thinking about when I moved to university, and what my life has been like since then.

I was terrified when I started university. A new life, in a new town which...

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The Dream Not Yet Fulfilled

(0) Comments | Posted 1 September 2013 | (22:30)

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed - we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal...I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation...

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Welcome to 1984

(0) Comments | Posted 25 August 2013 | (14:37)

Ok, if you had to choose between, let's say, Egypt or the United Kingdom, and predict which country you think is more likely to detain someone for nine hours without cause, I'm willing to bet that most of you would say Egypt. The UK after all doesn't do stuff like...

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Frack Off Indeed

(11) Comments | Posted 18 August 2013 | (14:56)

It's understandable why the people of Balcombe are unhappy. Not to mention the people of the "desolate" North West and North East. I don't think I would want a fracking operation on my doorstep either.

Now please don't misunderstand me. I am as much in favour of using sustainable...

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Maybe We Should Be Toning Things Down

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2013 | (18:45)

As an unashamed supporter of the British Monarchy, I was of course very excited about the birth of Prince George of Cambridge, and I wish both him and his parents every happiness. However, that's not what I'm going to write about today, because, let's be honest, it's been overdone.

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