Government relaxes immigration rules

14th June 2018

In a surprise change of policy, the Conservative government has relaxed some of its immigration rules. Recently-appointed Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced the change in immigration laws so that more doctors and nurses outside of the European Union can come to live and work in the UK. The policy on skilled immigration now excludes doctors […]

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World Cup 2018: Russia and LGBT Rights

14th June 2018

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has officially begun. The first match, between host country Russia and Saudi Arabia, prompted a tweet which got us thinking. Its #WorldCup kickoff day! Russia v Saudi Arabia! Which human rights abusing regime are you supporting? — Sam Forster (@MrSamueelll) June 14, 2018 It got us thinking about the lack […]

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Why exam factory schools don’t work

5th June 2018

We’re in the swing of GCSE and A-Level examination season now, but there’s just something I’ve got to say: exam factory schools don’t work. Let’s think rationally. In what sane world does making kids sit down and learn two years of content for one and a half hours of their life work? The two years […]

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Mastering Politics: Voting

5th June 2018

Politics can be a confusing place with a lot of noise and ego. However, it is worthwhile and deserves your attention when it matters. And this week’s Mastering Politics will explain why it’s important to vote, no matter who you vote for. People died for your right The most obvious reason to vote, especially if […]

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What if you want an abortion in Northern Ireland?

2nd June 2018

The Republic of Ireland voted last week to repeal the 8th amendment in a landmark vote, meaning the country has decided that abortion should be legal in the country. Until that point, it was only possible to get an abortion in the Republic if the woman’s life was at risk due to physical illness or […]

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A week in mild amusement

30th May 2018

Royale with sleaze The makers of popular video game Fortnite are being sued by the studio behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for copying their game. With the best will in the world, this did raise my eyebrows slightly. The premise of both games is that a large number of players are dropped into an area and have […]

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Mastering Politics: Donald Trump

29th May 2018

Politics can be a confusing and loud place to be for most people. After all, it is (a lot of the time) a bunch of egos shouting over each other hoping to be heard by everyone. In a special US edition of ‘Mastering Politics’, though, we’re providing you with everything you need to know about […]

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Mastering Politics: English education system

24th May 2018

Politics is often a confusing and noisy place, filled with random terms you’ve probably never even heard of. In this edition of ‘Mastering Politics’, we’re explaining the English education system and the types of schools within it. Don’t worry, we’re friendly here, so you’ll leave more informed than confused – promise! State comprehensive school The […]

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Is Theresa May really Christian?

24th May 2018

Politics and religion are those two subjects you just don’t bring up at dinner parties or when you’re drunk. Thankfully, this occasion involves neither, so we’re going to discuss Prime Minister Theresa May and whether or not she is really Christian in her politics. Before we begin, let’s take a look at what Theresa May, […]

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Why Do The Royal Family Dislike the BBC’s Royal Correspondent?

23rd May 2018

Nicholas Witchell: Royal Correspondent may seem like one of the cushiest jobs at the BBC. After all, you get to follow the Royal Family around the world, enjoy privileged access to Britain’s most treasured institution and spend most of your time covering births and weddings. How idyllic! You would also think that as royal correspondent […]

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Another week in mild amusement: The Royal Wedding

22nd May 2018

I’ve never done this before but if you’ve already seen this weeks AWIMA (official acronym, get hashtagging) you’ll see its already far too long. And I can’t work for a UK media outlet without talking about the sodding wedding can I?! So, here’s part 2 of this week’s mild amusement solely focusing on the wedding […]

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A week in mild amusement

22nd May 2018

Whey Eye pet Plans to build Europe’s biggest observation wheel on the banks of the Tyne in Newcastle have been revealed. The “Whey aye” would be 140 metres tall. That’s 5 metres taller than the London eye. So take that, the south. You may have increased funding for education, housing and employment but our hypothetical […]

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Why we need an equal education system

13th May 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May recently announced that she is ploughing extra funding into grammar and faith schools, while local comprehensives are choking for cash. That is part of the reason we need an equal education system, though the main issue runs deeper. In England in particular, the variety of education is too vast and uneven […]

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Mastering Politics: Jeremy Corbyn

13th May 2018

Politics can be a confusing and noisy place for anyone, regardless of how clever you are. That’s why this edition of ‘Mastering Politics’ is everything you need to know about the current Labour leader (as of May 2018), Jeremy Corbyn. Upbringing Jeremy Corbyn was born in 1949 in Chippenham to a maths teacher mother and […]

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Mastering Politics: Theresa May

10th May 2018

Politics is a whirlwind – and nobody expects you to understand most of it. However, it’s always a good idea to sound out what’s what and who’s who. That’s why this edition of ‘Mastering Politics’ has all you need to know about our current Prime Minister Theresa May (as of May 2018). Upbringing Theresa May […]

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PM meets Grenfell campaigners

10th May 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May met Grenfell campaigners with a warning on Thursday. Nabil Choucair lost six family members in the tragic Grenfell Tower disaster in June last year and met with the Prime Minister in an effort to make her improve the inquiry into the disaster. Mr Choucair watched the tower burn in the early […]

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Boris Johnson: Trump worthy of Nobel Prize

8th May 2018

In what is perhaps the best example of political flattery in quite some time, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said President Trump is worthy of a Nobel Prize for peace. Speaking to the President’s favourite TV show Fox News last night, Johnson highlighted the bonuses of the Iran nuclear deal which Trump has announced he […]

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Mastering Politics: Local Councils

1st May 2018

Politics is a confusing and busy place to be – but it doesn’t always need to be. That’s why we’ve got you covered with a guide to understanding local councils, including what they do and why they matter. What are local councils? Local councils are a group of elected members of the community who serve […]

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Korea: Trouble in peace-making paradise?

29th April 2018

On Friday, North and South Korean leaders met at a landmark summit where they discussed finally calling an end to the Korean War which has been going on for decades. It emerged on Saturday, however, that North Korean state media – the only media allowed in North Korea – has downplayed the major pledge given […]

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Home Secretary Resigns

29th April 2018

The Home Secretary has resigned following further revelations about the Windrush generation scandal. Amber Rudd was accused of lying to Parliament about her knowledge of the Home Office’s specific deportation targets. It has been a hectic week for Ms Rudd, who has been forced to apologise numerous times for the way in which members of […]

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Trump to Visit UK in July

26th April 2018

US President Donald Trump will visit Britain on Friday 13th July this year, it was announced on Thursday. The visit has been in the works for some time following Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to the White House shortly after Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. A full-blown state visit had been scheduled last year, but […]

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Scottish Tory Leader Pregnant

26th April 2018

Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson announced on Thursday that she is three months pregnant. The announcement was made on Twitter, where Ms Davidson expressed her and partner Jen Wilson’s “excitement” over their baby news following IVF treatment. Ms Davidson also spoke of “ups and downs” while trying to conceieve, but a successful round of IVF […]

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MPs escort colleague to anti-Semitism hearing

25th April 2018

Over 40 Labour MPs escorted their colleague Ruth Smeeth MP to an anti-Semitism hearing on Wednesday. Ms Smeeth, who is of Jewish faith, was preparing to give evidence to a committee following an incident in 2016 where Labour Party member Marc Wadsworth verbally attacked her at the launch of a report into anti-Semitism. It is […]

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Extinct bird discovered to have been shot in the head

A week in mild amusement

24th April 2018

Prince TBC, mighty is he An unemployed woman on state benefits has had her third child at the cost of the British taxpayer. Or, as The Sun didn’t write it, the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy. At the time of writing, they have not released the child’s name. I’m hoping […]

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The Windrush Scandal Explained

18th April 2018

You get no prizes if you’ve heard the term ‘Windrush generation’ on the news this week, but a prize if you actually know what it means. That’s why we’ve written up a nifty guide for you to understand the Windrush scandal and work out what exactly is going on. Who are the Windrush generation? The […]

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A week in mild amusement

17th April 2018

Environ-mental A US lawyer has died after setting himself on fire in a protest against climate change. In response to this, everyone immediately bought Toyota Prius’ and the ice caps returned to normal. The prominent attorney left a note saying that he had immolated himself using fossil fuels to symbolise the damage humans do to […]

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A week in mild amusement

10th April 2018

SS Enterprise We start, this week, with the cheery subject of Nazis. Facebook has been urged to prevent the sale of Nazi memorabilia on its site, presumably because it’ll make the next Indiana Jones movie a bit boring. Items posted on Facebook’s marketplace include an SS badge, a Nazi military cross and propaganda. This is, […]

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At least 70 dead in Syria chemical attack

8th April 2018

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES Chemical weapons have been part of the Syrian Civil War for some time now, and the latest attack is being labelled as one of the worst in Syrian history. The alleged government-backed attack, which happened on 4th April, has killed at least 70 civilians and injured around 500, with many suffering serious […]

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Journalist Killed in Gaza by Israeli Army

8th April 2018

Israel’s army is to investigate the killing of Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja on its border with Gaza. The journalist was wearing a clearly marked press vest when he was shot by the Israeli Army during a week of violent conflict between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces on Friday. Murtaja worked for the Gaza-based news agency […]

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Mastering Politics: How to Register to Vote

5th April 2018

Politics is not an easy place to work your way around, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The first step of mastering politics is understanding how to register to vote, so you’re lucky we have a whole guide to doing just that below. Eligibility Before you go to register to vote, it’s important […]

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The Facebook Privacy Scandal Explained

5th April 2018

In recent weeks you will have probably heard a lot about a company called Cambridge Analytica. And if you did what most people did and switched off as soon as they heard the word ‘Analytica’, we’re not going to judge you. But if you switched off and now want to understand how your Facebook data […]

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A week in mild amusement

3rd April 2018

Time at the bars A pair of Colombian prisoners got their guard drunk and escaped from a maximum security jail. You have to feel for the guard whose double vision initially made him think he’d let four of them out. He let them out under the impression that they were going to go and buy […]

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Trump Expels 60 Russian Diplomats, EU Follows

26th March 2018

US President Donald Trump has today announced the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats in response to the Salisbury nerve agent attack in the UK, while members of the European Union and Canada have followed his lead. The chemical weapons attack, which happened on 4th March, hospitalised 21 people, including Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s a Whip?

12th March 2018

Politics is a confusing place for many people, not least with all of its terminology to understand. You are forgiven for not having a clue sometimes as even the most experienced political nerds have a hard time getting to grips with the topic. The role of a ‘whip’ in politics is certainly not the most […]

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What’s happening with the Rohingya Muslims?

23rd February 2018

Depending on what news you watch and read and how often you absorb it, you may or may not know about the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Wherever you stand on the continuum of awareness, this article will help gain a wider understanding of the crisis which has been described by the United […]

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Trump “Listens” About Guns

22nd February 2018

Following America’s latest mass shooting, President Donald Trump has been forced to listen to survivors and the families of victims in a ‘listening session’. The session took place in the White House where student protestors stood outside to pressure the famously pro-gun President to act on guns. It was an emotive event, with students from […]

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Uni fees to vary

19th February 2018

Education secretary Damien Hinds has said more variety is needed in university pricing. The idea behind this is that tuition fees should reflect the degree’s value ‘to society as a whole and to our economy for the future’. This would presumably lead to a reduction in fees for certain uni courses and lessen student debts. […]

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#YEAR13PROBLEMS

2nd February 2018

Class privilege This week’s column is a little later than usual, but, to be honest, I’m glad about that, because there’s something important to talk about. Class privilege. I’ve spoken here about white privilege before and how we should all check our own privileges (myself included, obviously), but class privilege is something else that I […]

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Press the red button

2nd February 2018

There’s a lot of talk at the moment of celebrity politicians. Oprah, Dwayne Johnson and Mark Zuckerberg are all rumoured to be considering taking on the ‘Donald’ in the next US election. Many decry the ramifications of handing over control of the fabled ‘red button’ to a grinning TV poster child. I think that’s unfair. […]

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Review: Trump and Piers: The Interview

28th January 2018

It goes without saying that President Donald Trump is one of the most controversial figures in the world at the moment. Piers Morgan is also one of the most controversial figures in Britain too. So ITV must have thought it would be a good idea to put them together in an interview. This was no […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s the Cabinet?

28th January 2018

If you sometimes get lost in the world of politics and have no idea what’s what, you’re in the right place. Here at b**p we’ve got you covered, this time with everything you need to know about the Cabinet. The Cabinet of the United Kingdom is extremely important in British politics. It is at the […]

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Mastering Politics: UKIP

22nd January 2018

Political parties are quite difficult to get to grips with in detail. But worry not – here at b**p we’ve got your back, this time with the low-down on UKIP, also known as the United Kingdom Independence Party. UKIP was founded in 1993 after originating as the Anti-Federalist League in 1991. The organization became UKIP […]

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Mastering Politics: The Green Party

21st January 2018

Political parties are not the easiest organisations in the world to get to grips with. But here at b**p we’ve got you covered, so don’t worry. The Green Party was founded in 1990 after it was originally the PEOPLE Party, founded in 1973. In 2010, it gained its first Member of Parliament (MP), Caroline Lucas, who represents […]

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Mastering Politics: The Liberal Democrats

21st January 2018

Political parties aren’t the easiest part of politics to understand. But don’t worry, here at b**p we’ve got you covered. The Liberal Democrats were formed in 1988 as a merge of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party and subscribe to the ideology of liberalism. Liberalism is a broad term, but in the context of the […]

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Could Trump beat Oprah?

10th January 2018

The Golden Globe Awards took place across the pond late Sunday night to early Monday morning UK time – and they were a powerful statement of solidarity and equality, with stars highlighting the prevalent issue of sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood. Oprah Winfrey, actor, businessperson, philanthropist and TV host, stole the show with a […]

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Mastering Politics: The Conservative Party

3rd January 2018

Political parties are not the easiest organisations to figure out, so if you’re in a bit of a pickle with them, worry not – we’ve got your back. The Conservative Party was founded in 1834 from the Tory Party, hence why the Conservatives are often called ‘Tories’ by people, politicians and the media alike. They […]

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Trump denies climate change?

29th December 2017

There has been much debate on whether US President Donald Trump believes in climate change or not, with many critics opting for the view that Trump believes it is a conspiracy. To be fair, in 2012 he tweeted: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. […]

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Mastering Politics: The Labour Party

28th December 2017

Political parties are a bundle of spin and policy and confusion, so we’ve got you covered if you’re trying to find out what’s what. The Labour Party was founded in 1900 and calls itself socialist, meaning they are in favour of nationalisation (public/government ownership of industry), a welfare state and taxing those who are well-off. Currently […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s a Political Party?

23rd December 2017

Political parties are often the source of infighting, bitterness and distrust, but also the source of bold, new ideas. And they are quite literally what makes the world of politics go round. Understanding the role of political parties is important and sometimes difficult, especially when they’re all asking for your vote. But don’t worry, here at b**p we’ve got […]

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Damian Green resigns from the cabinet

21st December 2017

First Secretary of State Damian Green has resigned from the Cabinet following allegations he made unwanted sexual advances towards writer Kate Maltby and had thousands of pornographic materials on his computer. Green, who was effectively the Deputy Prime Minister, was asked to resign by Prime Minister Theresa May last night after Sir Alex Allen, the […]

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