A week in mild amusement

16th October 2018

Let’s get down from business X-Factor contestants who were filmed excitedly enjoying business class were sent back to economy once filming stopped. I don’t see why people are annoyed by this. The short taste of opulence followed by a hard push back to poverty is great practice for the eventual winner. The only way they […]

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Why being working class is part of my identity

11th October 2018

Since being at university, the number of people in my social circle has increased quite dramatically. Suddenly, I know a whole bunch of people, most of them from the south, who have lived (and are living) very different lives to me. By this I mean there are some people who are incredibly wealthy, or at […]

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A week in mild amusement

5th October 2018

Mamma Mia, here we go again Theresa May danced onto the stage to give her speech at the Conservative Party Conference. She came out wriggling to ABBA’s Dancing Queen and even warmed up the crowd with a few jokes. In reference to her embarrassing speech last year, she quipped that if she coughed, it would be because […]

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Theresa May’s best/worst moments

3rd October 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has had some, er, memorable moments during her tenure at the top of British politics. And as the Conservative Party Conference approaches, we thought it was an appropriate time to have a look through the PM’s best/worst moments in office. 1. Her shoulder laugh While in the House of Commons […]

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Could Boris Johnson be prime minister?

1st October 2018

Boris Johnson has been making headlines for many years now. At first, though, the headlines were all jokes. There was his wild helmet hair. Then there was that time he got stuck on a zip wire. And that time he managed to rugby tackle a kid to the ground. But recently, the headlines about Boris […]

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A week in mild amusement

28th September 2018

Virgin Fail We begin this week with US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He has claimed that the sexual assault allegations against him cannot be true because he was a virgin in high school. Now these two things, obviously, are completely unrelated. This, of course, caused every satirist and left-leaning Twitter user to engage in […]

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Square named after Jo Cox MP

28th September 2018

Two years after the murder of MP Jo Cox by a neo-Nazi terrorist, a square in Brussels has been named after her. Mrs Cox, who lived in Brussels for six years before representing Batley and Spen in the House of Commons, was named on a list of ‘illustrious women’ who are having squares, streets and […]

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Theresa May gives defiant Brexit statement

21st September 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May has given a statement on the Brexit negotiations inside Number 10 this afternoon in which she gave a strong message to the EU. The statement follows talks with the EU yesterday in Salzburg which seemingly fell apart after they rejected her Chequers proposal. In Chequers, the blueprint given by the PM […]

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A week in wild bemusement

20th September 2018

Toad in the hole Let’s talk about Stormy Daniels. Now, I could spend this whole section droning on about the lewd descriptions she gave this week about Donald Trump’s genitals… so I’m going to. Apologies for the imagery some of this may bestow in your mind. Frequently repeated is her depiction of Donnie’s penis as […]

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Why Ruth Davidson is inspirational

18th September 2018

Ruth Davidson MSP is the leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Yes, that’s right: she’s a Tory. No, I have not gone insane. Ruth Davidson, over the past few months, has actually done a lot of inspirational things. And I have actually found myself admiring her story and her sheer bravery to tell it, especially in […]

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Don’t Oust Theresa May

14th September 2018

I have no shame in admitting that I voted for Brexit. Over two years since the referendum I still maintain the belief that Britain will be better off outside of the EU and that the long-term benefits will greatly outweigh the possible pitfalls that will occur in the short term. Despite my optimism about Britain’s […]

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Sajid Javid rejects aborition buffer zones

13th September 2018

In a surprise move today the Home Secretary has announced that he will not be introducing protest buffer zones outside of abortion clinics. It was widely accepted that said zones, which would prevent pro-life campaigners from protesting within 100 metres of clinics, would be introduced by the government after former home secretary Amber Rudd had […]

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Skripal suspects: “We were just tourists”

13th September 2018

Following a week of speculation and accusation surrounding the two main suspects in the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury, the pair has come forward in an attempt to clear their name. Speaking to Russian state-backed TV channel Russia Today (RT), Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov said they visited the town of Salisbury as tourists […]

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Tweets by Russian trolls cited in UK news articles

10th September 2018

A Guardian investigation has found that the tweets of Russian troll accounts have been cited in over one hundred UK news articles. The tweets were included in stories about US president Donald Trump, Donald Glover and Lena Dunham by the British press. The investigation used the details of 1,000 accounts listed as Russian trolls by […]

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Salisbury suspects warned by UK

9th September 2018

Following the revelation last week that two suspects involved in the Salisbury spy poisoning incident have been identified, the Home Secretary has warned they will be prosecuted if they ever step foot outside of Russia. Speaking on Sunday on The Andrew Marr Show, Sajid Javid said that “if they [the suspects] ever step foot out […]

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Moves to make misogyny a hate crime

5th September 2018

In the wake of the ‘Me Too’ movement and wider public debates surrounding sexual assault, tampon taxes, period poverty and many issues affecting women all around the world, Labour MP Stella Creasy is attempting to make misogyny a hate crime in England. Misogyny, the hatred and prejudice against women, is often believed to be the […]

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Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday

18th July 2018

Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela. And, unbeknownst to me, he did more for us than just leaving us with a funky tune by The Specials. Mandela was famously imprisoned for 27 years before the public voted him President to end racism. It’s basically Donald Trump […]

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A week in mild amusement

18th July 2018

Something a little different this week. In honour of St. Patrick’s day occurring roughly four months ago (a tenuous link, I know) I’m going full poet. I’m going to attempt to express each of this week’s mildly amusing stories in the form of the greatest incarnation of literature: the limerick.  An AABBA folk poem structure which […]

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Danny Dyer and Brexit: Finally Some Sense?

1st July 2018

Since the airing of ITV’s Good Morning Britain’s one-off show Good Evening Britain, featuring guests ranging from Jeremy Corbyn to Pamela Anderson to Ed Balls and Danny Dyer, a clip of the latter has been doing the rounds on social media. During a panel interview with Dyer, Corbyn and Anderson, led by hosts Piers Morgan […]

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8am lectures..really?

28th June 2018

Students at Durham University are angry at plans that could require them to start at 8 am to attend lectures. To put it another way, an institution whose purpose is to prepare young people for work is asking those young people to get up at a fairly standard working time. To put it another way, Kieran […]

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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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