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20th June 2017

What we can learn from Finsbury Park On Monday morning we woke up to the news that Muslims had been subjected to a vile terrorist attack by a lone wolf 47-year-old white man from Wales. He drove a white van into worshippers leaving their mosque in Finsbury Park, murdering one person and injuring ten others. […]

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Frankie at his Best

19th June 2017

*LANGUAGE WARNING* We seldom see Frankie Boyle on TV anymore. Or at least, when we do it’s nothing worth shouting about. But, this weekend, on his BBC2 show New World Order, they got right into the meat of some of the most topical of subjects. From Trump’s continuing destruction of American democracy to Theresa May, […]

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One Nation Conservatism in a Nutshell

19th June 2017

For the last seven years, we’ve been governed by the Conservative and Unionist Party who follow an ideology of Conservatism. Some of the key concepts of Conservatism include a belief that some people are natural born leaders and others are not, an encouragement of property ownership and an emphasis on the need for rules and […]

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Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron Resigns

15th June 2017

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron announced his shock resignation in a statement last night. Farron, who increased the number of seats belonging to the Liberal Democrats in this election from eight to 12, had come under fire during the election campaign for his views surrounding homosexuality and later his views on gay sex. In the […]

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The Cabinet Reshuffle Explained

12th June 2017

As a part of political tradition, whenever a new prime minister is elected, there’s a cabinet reshuffle. It basically means that the top government jobs – from secretary of state for health to education to work and pensions – are given to different people depending on what the new/re-elected prime minister thinks is best. This […]

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Top UK Politics Books

12th June 2017

If you’re looking for a tough but rewarding read this summer, you should look no further than the politics department in most bookshops. Politics books are a little tedious for some people, but if you love finding out everything there is to know about a person or an event, you’ll thoroughly enjoy some of these […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

12th June 2017

Young people and the election You might be sick of hearing about the election, but when the election has a direct link to you and your life, you might think differently. Lots of us on the ground expected young turnout in this election to be high: after all, Jeremy Corbyn is popular with the majority […]

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Tory Twitter Responses to the PM

12th June 2017

After massively screwing up what should have been the easiest Conservative Party landslide since Thatcher, Theresa May is receiving mixed responses from members of her party. Naturally, many Tories are beginning to question whether or not the PM’s influence is diminishing and Leave voters are worried that her authority has been undermined too much to […]

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Theresa Mayhem

9th June 2017

Yes, it happened. Theresa May has failed to win a Conservative majority and has thus failed in her aim to “strengthen” her hand in the Brexit negotiations. By all means, she has weakened her hand in these negotiations as EU leaders will see her as weak – certainly weaker than the “bloody difficult woman” her campaign […]

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Don’t Mess with the Future

8th June 2017

Seriously, look what happened to The Terminator. As you are probably well aware, today is voting day for the UK. Where we’ll chose between the pool of parties that have put forward their ideas, and cases for why they should lead. But let’s be real: there are only two parties that actually matter. Those led […]

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Midweek Blues

7th June 2017

You know, for all the pressure and debating and fighting, I quite like election season. Some quality things happen that otherwise wouldn’t. Corbyn ate a Pringle, which everyone went mad for, one of our very own writers got the political equivalent of a shoutout at Corbyn’s public talk on Sunday, and, well, Theresa May made […]

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Huge budget cuts for local schools if Tories elected

6th June 2017

Local schools are to lose huge amounts of funding if the Conservatives are re-elected on 8th June. A funding calculator, which can be accessed here, allows you to find your school and see the difference in funding depending on which political party wins the election. It shows that schools like Thorp Academy in Ryton, St […]

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The Tories are NOT our Friends

6th June 2017

Yesterday I attended the Jeremy Corbyn rally at the Sage Gateshead in the pouring rain. It was inspiring. Jeremy Corbyn is the first leader in a long time to acknowledge properly that England goes as far north as Gateshead – and used his unique ability to unite people to gather a 4,000-strong crowd on the […]

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Corbyn Speaks in Gateshead

5th June 2017

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is today returning to the campaign trail in Gateshead following the brief pause to pay respect to the victims of the London terror attack on Saturday night. It is a highly anticipated event and Mr Corbyn, whose position in the polls has been improving as we approach polling day on Thursday, will […]

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QUIZ: Are You Leftist Or Liberal?

5th June 2017

Ever wonder which side of the political spectrum suits you more appropriately? Well, now you can find out. Just respond to the following statements and questions in accordance with your personal beliefs and it should become clear. 1- The British monarchy is a great thing that must be preserved at all costs. A- Agree fully. […]

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Leftist vs Liberal: Two Very Different Ideas

5th June 2017

With the election only a few days away, we’re all feeling really political at the minute and identifying mostly by the Party that we’re going to elect on Thursday. However, we’ve heard many people getting mixed up as to whether they’re liberal or leftist. Many people confuse the two terms or think that they mean […]

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Politics: Two for One Takeaway

1st June 2017

Theresa May, while she spouts the idea of a ‘strong and stable’ Britain, seems to be doing everything she can to prove otherwise. While the debate was going on last night, she decided to do the only sensible thing. Wander around people’s houses all afternoon in the hopes of catching someone who could stand to […]

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(Late) Midweek Blues

1st June 2017

Another week, another meme. It’s almost a schedule that Mr. President Orange will say something dumb, and the entirety of rational people on the internet will take the opportunity to take the mick. This week: We have no idea what it means. No one does. We’re all perplexed here. Is it secret code for something? […]

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UKIP’s Paul Nuttall Wants to Reintroduce Death Penalty

29th May 2017

In light of recent terror incidents in both the UK and worldwide, there has been a lot of talk about how we should deal with terrorists and people that murder innocent children. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall knows exactly how he would handle these criminals and therefore he advocates bringing the death penalty back to the […]

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Who actually is Theresa May?

25th May 2017

The election campaign is hotting up now and the country will be heading to the polls to choose the Prime Minister very soon. Yet hardly anyone knows who Theresa May really is. So, we’ve obviously got you covered with this unbiased and factual information article to help you get to the cold truth of our […]

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Two for One Twitter Madness

22nd May 2017

Occasionally, the stars align, and something wonderful happens, and it explodes on Twitter. Well, let’s start strong… or… not, depending on how you look at it. Long and short of it, Trump went to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign visit, in which he rode a golden escalator: Trump flashed me a thumbs up as […]

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The Best of Leaders’ Twitter

22nd May 2017

Everybody has been ranting and raving about the low youth voter turnout and lack of youth engagement in politics, but this GE, the political parties have really upped their Twitter game which should be a great way of appealing to younger people and educating them on who to vote for. Here is a short description […]

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How to Start Your Own Political Party

22nd May 2017

When you think back to the 2005 and 2010 general elections, UKIP and other relatively new parties were barely represented in Parliament. It was a choice between Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem and all other parties just came under the ‘others’ category in the results. In 2015, however, these smaller parties had a lot more […]

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All Upcoming General Election TV Debates

22nd May 2017

With just under three weeks left before the UK decides whether it will be Corbyn or May to take us out of the EU, each of the leaders of the seven main UK parties will be on our TV screens more or less every day to tell you why they deserve your vote. You probably […]

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Grime4Corbyn

16th May 2017

This is the best thing I’ve seen all week. Then again, it is only Tuesday. The Labour Party have been gaining some rather substantial support, despite their blunders. From publicly asking why Theresa May wouldn’t debate him on TV, to the multitude of people who have confessed their support to the party. But now, Jeremy […]

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How to (Gently) Force Your Friends to Vote

16th May 2017

For reasons explained here, young people are terrible at voting but that doesn’t mean that this General Election will be the same. Of course, registering to vote (and actually voting) is the responsibility of an individual and no one else. However, there are things you can do to *force* your peers to vote that don’t involve […]

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Why Don’t 18 to 25-Year-Olds Vote?

16th May 2017

As you’re probably well aware, people who have not done so already only have until the 22nd of May to register to vote. If you haven’t registered, you can do it here. It doesn’t take long and once you’ve done it, you don’t need to do it again. So why, given that it is so […]

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Radio Station Review: LBC

16th May 2017

I know, I know. People under the age of about 40 don’t really bother with the radio anymore and neither did I until I discovered LBC a few weeks ago. LBC stands for Leading Britain’s Conversation and to put it simply, that’s what they do. Each host will discuss a few topics on their show […]

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Last Week in Politics

15th May 2017

Last week saw a whole lot of politics go by in a flash as usual. There wasn’t as much as last time we reviewed the week in politics, but enough of it that’ll both inform and entertain you. So, without further ado, here is last week in politics. 1. Sunday saw France elect a new […]

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Last Week in Politics

8th May 2017

Last week we brought you the politics news in simple terms ranging from Boris Johnson’s middle-class insults to UKIP’s moaning. Seems like forever ago? Well, they do say a week is a long time in politics. So, that’s why we’ve condensed another week down to some simple points, including the local elections and some embarrassing […]

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Last Week in Politics

2nd May 2017

They say a week is a long time in politics. And they’re not wrong. Last week in politics we saw the final PMQs before the election, heard Boris Johnson calling Corbyn a ‘mugwump’ (more on that later) and UKIP trying to stay relevant. 1. Monday – Jeremy guarantees EU citizen rights In a move that we […]

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Victory for Marine Le Pen

24th April 2017

In a similar way to President Trump’s victory in the US, it looks as though France could be about to elect its own underdog as president. Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front, has made it through to the second stage of the French elections and she now only has to beat Macron, leader […]

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Snap Election Survival Guide: Family Members With Different Opinions

24th April 2017

A week ago, the people of Britain were blissfully unaware of the fact that they were only seven weeks away from another general election. Only this time, the stakes are a lot higher. It’s not a matter of Tory v. Labour like it usually is – it’s soft Brexit v. hard Brexit. Like every election […]

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Why Populist Politics is More Than Pure Evil

19th April 2017

It won’t have escaped your notice what the current President of the United States is doing – and indeed what he has done. All you have to do is watch and listen. One of his most recent controversial (although you’d be forgiven if you have forgotten it already – he has made a number of blunders […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

17th April 2017

The House of Lords – it’s still relevant A symbol of filthy bureaucracy that is completely abhorrent and incomprehensible in today’s society or testament to the history of British democracy, the House of Lords has divided opinions for many years. Whatever you think of the House of Lords, though, you have to recognise that it […]

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Trump’s Budget Blueprints

21st March 2017

If there’s one good thing we can say about Donald Trump, it’s that he hasn’t surprised us at all. Before he was elected President of the US, people were worried that he’d cut funding from environmental agencies, scientific agencies and education, and as we feared, some of these agencies have seen cuts of nearly 30%. […]

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Why Vote NO to Scottish Independence?

20th March 2017

Supposing Theresa May allows another Scottish Referendum, there will be at least two years of fierce campaigning from both sides of the debate. The YES campaign (obviously) has the support of the SNP as well as several other prominent figures but the NO campaign has just as much backing. NO campaigners in the last referendum […]

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Why Vote YES to Scottish Independence?

20th March 2017

Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP are once again in pursuit of a Scottish Independence Referendum despite the last one apparently being a once-in-a-lifetime event. Anyway, should Theresa May give it the green light, there is going to be a ton of campaigning – probably more so than the first time since it could be their […]

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Six Jobs George

18th March 2017

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has proven that he is indeed omnipresent. It was announced yesterday that Osborne is to become editor of the London Evening Standard newspaper, adding an extra £200,000 to his income according to reports. The problem is not that he’s got himself another job. The problem is that he now has […]

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Republican Party to Cut Funding to Mental Health and Addiction Services

13th March 2017

Currently, any American suffering from a mental health disorder or a type of substance abuse is covered by Medicaid, which basically means that their medication and treatment are subsidised by the government to make it affordable. 8 million people receive treatment under Medicaid for mental health issues and 10.4 million for substance abuse issue, but […]

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Marine Le Pen: A Brief Summary of Her Career

12th March 2017

Marine Le Pen may have succeeded her father as National Front leader, but that certainly doesn’t mean that the job was handed to her without a lot of hard work. In 1991, she completed a law degree from the University of Panthéon-Assas and then went on to do an advanced degree in criminal law in […]

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Oh. Oh Honey.

7th March 2017

Did you ever have that relative who’s really overtly enthusiastic about something small they did? Like they say they had a barbecue that was off the chain, and you’re sat there like ‘settle down Janet, you had two sherries then fell asleep.’ That’s like one side of the US right now. Basically, Mr. President Orange […]

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Not All Government Departments are Created Equal?

7th March 2017

They say “all men are created equal”. In truth, very little in this world is equal. And as you can probably tell from the title of this article, neither are the UK government’s departmental budgets – and rightfully so. Clearly, the department for environment, food, and rural affairs is not tantamount to the NHS – […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

6th March 2017

More discrimination for young people In another move to make life worse for young people, the Conservatives have announced they will be scrapping Housing Benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds as of April. This time last year, the Tories announced the National Living Wage, a great initiative to improve the quality of life of many people […]

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Germany Has Banned Meat and Fish at Official Functions

6th March 2017

It’s a bad time to be a meat-lover in Germany. Meat is now banned in buffets at official Government functions in an attempt for politicians to “practise what they preach”. The Federal Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, is the one responsible for this controversial decision and has faced backlash from a lot of German […]

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Bad News For Many Labour Voters and MPs

27th February 2017

Even his biggest critics cannot deny that Jeremy Corbyn has a lot of support in his position as Labour Party leader which comes largely from younger and more liberal people who generally oppose right-wing parties such as Conservative and UKIP. However, Corbyn still faces a huge opposition from all directions: the public, the Tories, Labour […]

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Can The Labour Party Thrive Under Corbyn’s Leadership?

20th February 2017

Ever since the UK voted to leave the European Union, scrutiny of the Labour Party has been even more relentless and intense than it was before. It is important for Britain to have a strong opposition to the elected party otherwise there would be nothing to stop them from becoming complacent and passing Bills with […]

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Paul Nuttall’s Powerful UKIP Conference

20th February 2017

Like he says in his Conference speech, last week was tough for UKIP leader Paul Nuttall but the success of this event would have most likely lifted his spirits. The event, which was held in Bolton, was the Party’s National Spring Conference and it gave Nuttall the opportunity to directly address his supporters and discuss […]

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And In the Fake News… Pt 2

18th February 2017

“The press, honestly, is out of control… I see stories of chaos – chaos – and yet it is the exact opposite… It’s all fake news, It’s all fake news… Russia is fake news… I do get good ratings… that’s how I won, I won with news conferences and probably speeches, I certainly didn’t win […]

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Blair sticks his nose in

17th February 2017

Despite it no longer being his country, his choice or his place, former Prime Minister Tony Blair has said in a speech today that it is his “mission” to make people change their minds on Brexit. Before we continue, it is interesting to note that Mr Blair decided not to charge one million pounds for […]

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