Last Week in Politics

15th October 2017

Last week in politics was nowhere near as turbulent as the week before, but it has been busy nevertheless. If you’ve missed bits of it or have no clue what went on, you have come to the right place. Everything you need to know about last week in politics is right here, explained simply and […]

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Chancellor regrets calling EU ‘the enemy’

14th October 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said that he regrets calling EU negotiators “the enemy”. In an interview with Sky News, Hammond said: “My message is this: I understand that passions are high and I understand that people have very strong views about this but we’re all going to the same place. We all have the same […]

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Last Week in Politics

9th October 2017

It is impossible to overstate the importance of last week in politics. It was to be a week for the Conservative Party to reassert their authority after losing their majority in the election. But things, as we should have expected in this current climate, didn’t go to plan. So, to make sense of it all, […]

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May’s Car Crash Conference

4th October 2017

For the past two weeks, Boris Johnson has been in virtually every political discussion. His aims to become Prime Minister seem to be increasingly evident as the days go by. It was therefore believed by members of the Conservatives that their annual Conservative Party Conference would be a time for their leader Theresa May to put […]

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Why America Must Act on Guns

3rd October 2017

After yet another horrific gun massacre in America, there are calls from Americans to do absolutely nothing about gun control. At least 59 people have been killed in Las Vegas and 527 people have been injured with many reports, as acknowledged by the White House yesterday, of people protecting each other by shielding loved ones with their […]

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Catalonia’s Referendum: All you Need to Know

2nd October 2017

It’s easy to miss what’s happening over in Catalonia at the moment, especially when many news outlets don’t really explain the problem and just report on what’s happening, expecting you to know all the background. Well, worry no more – the Catlan referendum will be explained properly, right here, right now. What’s happening? Catalonia is […]

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Houses of Parliament Tour Review

24th September 2017

The Houses of Parliament is quite an intimidating building to look at as it dominates the banks of the River Thames. And then you go inside. That’s when it is really intimidating. Parliament isn’t intimidating in a bad way. It’s more of an overwhelming type of place – still not in a bad way. It’s […]

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Like Kids on the Playground

22nd September 2017

The fact that two world leaders are mere insults away from ‘yo momma’ jokes is unsurprising, to say the least. We aren’t sure if this is a bad thing or a good thing. In case you didn’t watch Trump’s speech at the UN the other, we’d suggest reading this article by yours truly, to really […]

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PM says UN is ‘failing the world’. Is it?

21st September 2017

Established after the Second World War following the rise (and fall) of fascism and the atrocities of genocide, the United Nations was intended to be a new world order. And, for a while, many people thought it really was. It put peacekeepers with blue helmets right in the heart of communities affected by terrible war […]

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Hillary Clinton Memoirs Become Best Seller

21st September 2017

Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened, detailing the events that led to her loss in the 2016 presidential election, has sold 300,000 copies according to the publisher Simon & Schuster. The sales included 167,000 hardback copies as well as e and audio books. This makes for the biggest opening week of a non-fiction hardcover in five years. […]

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Young man sits with placard bearing the message "I'm not leaving"

The Young People’s Price

20th September 2017

It is a sad fact that many young people who didn’t vote are b****d at the result of the referendum. What’s done is done, so we’re now left to navigate our lives in seemingly much more difficult circumstances, as the UK distances itself from the continent. It would feel ‘right honourable’ to tell you everything […]

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Liars and Hypocrites

19th September 2017

The claim the leave campaign made last year that the NHS would receive an extra £350 million a week if we were to leave the EU, was, is and always will be, bogus. Many have accepted this as fact by now, but not, it appears, has Boris Johnson. He repeated the figure in a recent […]

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Trump’s Downfall

18th September 2017

It would appear the crown is slipping from the clown’s head. Cast your mind back to the election last year in the US. Trump’s supporters were almost venomously aggressive when it came to Hilary Clinton’s emails and building a big old wall on the Mexican border. They helped a man with zero political experience run […]

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Lib Dem Leader For Next PM?

18th September 2017

I know we’re in the period of saying that anything is possible when it comes to politics, but the new(ish) Lib Dem leader Vince Cable has gone too far. In an interview on Sunday, Cable said that it is “perfectly plausible” that he could be the next PM, despite the fact that in June’s general […]

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UK to supply Qatar with fighter jets

17th September 2017

The British government has signed a letter of intent with Qatar to supply the nation with 24 Eurofighter jets in a trade worth billions of dollars. Eurofighter Typhoon jets are claimed to be “the world’s most advanced combat aircraft” and don’t come cheap, hence why the government and technology defence giant BAE Systems have jumped […]

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Trump’s Tacky Trash

8th September 2017

Hey there, do you have disposable income but hate every form of entertainment other than the bloated ego of a man who could quite easily disguise himself as a Wotsit and no one would know? Well, now you too can own a piece of Trump’s personality in what we’re calling a Trump’s Trash Corner! You […]

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‘Catastrophic’ Post-Brexit Plan Leaked

7th September 2017

Documents have been leaked which show the governments post-Brexit immigration blueprint, and some key points have already caused controversy. The gist of the plan is to significantly reduce the amount of EU immigration through the use of tighter controls and government intervention with a ‘more selective approach’. There will ultimately be a phased overhaul in […]

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Lib Dems Want to Legalise Weed?

22nd August 2017

The Liberal Democrats new leader Vince Cable wants to legalise cannabis, saying it would make sense to “regulate and control the market” instead of having criminals “control the mixing of substances”. The government, quite predictably, have said there are “no plans to legalise” the drug. It said that the drug will remain a class B […]

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Former Shadow Minister Criticises Labour’s Brexit Stance

21st August 2017

Former shadow minister Chuka Umunna has said Labour must distance itself from the Conservatives with their position on Brexit. He said Labour should support staying within the European single market and the customs union, adding that it was not enough to have a goal of not damaging the economy. “There’s got to be clear red […]

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Brexit Talks Due to Resume

21st August 2017

EU negotiations are to resume in a week, and David Davis is urging Brussels not to begin discussions on Britain’s future relationship with the EU alongside withdrawal talks. There is growing concern that if the talks continue at the current pace it will be impossible to begin discussing future trade till the end of the […]

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Trump Defends Neo-Nazi Protesters

17th August 2017

Republicans have come forward condemning bigotry after Trump’s press conference in which he said ‘many sides’ were responsible for the violence at Charlottesville protests. Trump has been apparently reluctant to single out and condemn neo-Nazi and white supremacist protestors, preferring to instead delegate equal blame to counter-demonstrators he called the ‘alt-right’ “I’m not putting anybody […]

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Dropping Like Flies

15th August 2017

More people are resigning from office after Trump’s non-comments on the Charlottesville protests. If you can call them that. Two chief executives have resigned from the POTUS’ American Manufacturing Council. Brian Krzanich of Intel (the computer people) and Under Armour head Kevin Plank. Under Armour is a global sportswear distributor, which should be a real […]

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Why Trump Shouldn’t be Impeached

6th August 2017

With allegations of obstruction of justice and corruption flying around against Donald Trump over in the US, impeachment – the removal of a president from office – is looking like a battle Congress is willing to fight. Representative Maxine Waters, among others, has called for the impeachment of Trump and then his Vice President Mike […]

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Where Did the Votes Go?

4th August 2017

A long-running British Election Study (BES) has found that Labour picked up votes from the remain camp based on their ‘soft Brexit’ stance in the June general election. The authors of the report said: “According to our data, the main reason that Labour gained so much in the campaign at the expense of the other […]

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A Great Day at The Kremlin

2nd August 2017

The Trump administration seems to be experiencing utter chaos as Anthony Scaramucci looses his position as communications secretary after just ten days in the position. Just six hours prior to this former US Marine General John Kelly was appointed the new chief of staff. News recently broke that Trump intervened to prevent senior White House […]

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Nicky Morgan Calls for Report

2nd August 2017

Nicky Morgan, newly elected chair of the Treasury Select Committee, has called for a report from the Bank of England on the City’s readiness for a hard Brexit. The Conservative MP is a prominent advocate of a soft Brexit, and her position on the committee will see her scrutinising the government’s economic policy as the […]

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Blair Not to be Prosecuted

1st August 2017

Following the publication of the Chilcot report last year in which it was asserted that “the UK chose to join the invasion [of Iraq] before peaceful options had been exhausted”, a private prosecution case was launched against former prime minister Tony Blair. On Monday the High Court blocked the move to prosecute Blair on grounds […]

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Donald Trump Administration and The LGBT Community

27th July 2017

The Donald Trump administration has issued a brief saying the US Civil Rights Act should not be used to stop employers discriminating against LBGT people. The brief came just hours after the President banned transgender people serving in the armed forces. The 23-page brief claimed that Title VII of the 1964 Act, which bans discrimination […]

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Brexit Negotiations Making Little Progress

27th July 2017

Michel Barnier (Chief Brexit Negotiator for the EU) says a lack of clarity from Britain means autumn trade talks are unlikely to take place. Brexit negotiations seem to be faltering, and Barnier has told ambassadors to the EU that the British government has been unable to provide sufficient clarity on many key issues during the […]

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Tuition Fees Lie

24th July 2017

University students were one of the main reasons Jeremy Corbyn was so successful in the recent election but that seems to have been thrown back in their faces. One of the main attractions to the Labour Party for students was its promise to eradicate university tuition fees. Graduates were also under the impression that their […]

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Half of all expelled students have a mental illness

21st July 2017

A new study into the expulsion of students from schools has found that half of those expelled are suffering with a recognised mental illness. The study, carried out by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), pointed out the “broken system” that is currently a common theme in England’s schools due to the prospects (or […]

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The Abuse Debate

21st July 2017

There is lots of talk in the news recently about abuse, particularly the abuse that MPs or candidates received during the general election campaign. Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney and Shadow Home Secretary, spoke frankly and honestly about her experience with abuse, saying she repeatedly hears and reads the “n-word” when bullies target her. […]

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What I Learnt in an MP’s Office for a Week

21st July 2017

It was work experience time at my Sixth Form this week and, like most other students, I headed off on Monday morning with a lot of apprehension and worry about how the week ahead would go. Turns out, there was no need for it. My work experience placement was in my local MP Liz Twist’s […]

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What Next? The Big Question for the Tories

20th July 2017

As MPs part ways for summer break, the question of ‘what next?’ looms large. It seems almost impossible that this Parliament will last to the end of its five year term, and the chances that Theresa May will last even to the next election look even slimmer. Talk is already bubbling, from both within the […]

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She’s Like Our Trump

18th July 2017

Except not as ‘world domination-y’. Or as racist. And at least has some semblance of brain function. Theresa May, our overlord of sorts, having managed to cling on to power longer than a decade-old remote control, like a light bulb you think needs changing, but as you go into the cupboard to get a brand-new bulb, […]

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Calls from Senior Tories to End Infighting

18th July 2017

Claims of ‘infighting’ within the Conservative cabinet have arisen over the weekend, resulting in Theresa May being given the go-ahead by Tory backbenchers to sack disloyal cabinet minister. May, among others in the party, has called for MPs to ‘get on with their jobs’ after a letter of no confidence began circulation and last week’s […]

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The Looming Teaching Crisis

17th July 2017

According to new official Labour statistics, more than 31% of 20,600 newly qualified teachers have left the profession within five years. 17% of them quit within two years. The statistics also showed that a quarter of teachers who qualified in 2011 have left since, with 28,000 of them citing harsh working conditions and low pay […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

17th July 2017

Philip Hammond It may or may not have slipped your notice this weekend what our Chancellor has been reportedly saying in private cabinet meetings. It has disgusted pretty much everyone and humiliated one: him. So, let’s recap: 1. Saturday – sexism It was reported in The Sun (yes, not the most credible of sources, but seeing as […]

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Vince Cable Likely New Lib Dem Leader

17th July 2017

Vince Cable, the likely new leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, has already set about giving interviews and making preparations for the official announcement of his leadership. In a recent interview with Andrew Marr he said he is “beginning to think Brexit may never happen,” and has said to the Guardian that “the Brexiteers are […]

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Can Popular Capitalism Make a Comeback?

12th July 2017

Capitalism today is firmly in the hands of the few, not the many. Yet, Mrs Thatcher once preached capitalism as a “crusade to enfranchise the many in the economic life of the nation” and return “power to the people”. Her sentiments of the decentralisation of power to workers and ordinary citizens during the 1986 Conservative […]

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Risk of Potential ‘Brexadus’

6th July 2017

Questions over what Brexit means for EU Nationals living in the UK are continuing after Theresa May’s paper on EU citizens rights was published last month. May called her plan, which entitles current EU citizens and those who come to the UK during the pre-Brexit ‘grace period’ to a special settled status, “fair and serious”. […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

3rd July 2017

Why Trump has finally crossed the line (again) So this one might come as a surprise, but I think Trump has just crossed the line… again. This is the line in his presidency, by the way, not just on the whole Trump experience. For me, the crossing of that line happened when he bragged about […]

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The Future of The Labour Party

3rd July 2017

Tom Watson, the Labour Party’s deputy leader, has said Jeremy Corbyn is now ‘completely secure’ as the head of the party for years to come, and could win a majority by reaching out to Labour’s traditional working class voters. The show of support from Watson, who has previously called Corbyn’s leadership ‘untenable’, is a demonstration […]

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Tie’s Up!

1st July 2017

Ti(m)es are a-changing in Westminster as the establishment’s speaker ruled that MPs no longer need to wear ties when in the House of Commons chamber. It is an end to one of the strictly-held conventions of the British parliament and it has received a mixed response from politicians and the public alike. Speaker of the House […]

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Centrism is Dead

28th June 2017

When Jeremy Corbyn won his first leadership election, the Labour Party was still reeling from Miliband’s crushing defeat. We saw a manifesto from Ed Miliband that was centre-left and too cautious. It was rejected by the people. When Mr Corbyn came along, we saw a leader with radical left-wing views and we laughed in his […]

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The DUP Deal: All you Need to Know

27th June 2017

After what seems like an age, the Conservatives have agreed a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. This deal is necessary, as we will all remember, because Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win a majority of 326 seats in the general election. In order to get ‘past the post’ of the […]

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#YEAR12PROBLEMS

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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