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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The Brexit Story So Far

18th December 2017

You will have noticed that last week was key in the Brexit negotiations for the government and Theresa May. You might have no idea why – and that’s why we’re here. This is what we know so far about the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU. On Friday, EU leaders voted to move the Brexit […]

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What’s Going on with Northern Ireland?

6th December 2017

Brexit negotiations have been pretty tricky to say the least and they are showing no sign of easing up as Theresa May faces a row with the Northern Irish government. The row is dominating news and opinion at the moment, but it is incredibly difficult to get your head around, however clued-up on politics you are. […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s the Government?

29th November 2017

As far as politics goes, there are no stupid questions. Even the question ‘what’s the government?’ actually often baffles the most clued-up person on politics you know. So, what actually is the government? Well, the government is made up of a huge number of individuals, many of whom work behind the scenes. You don’t see […]

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What the Budget Missed Out

27th November 2017

Last week Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the 2017 Budget to the House of Commons in what was called “the end of austerity” by the naive and redundant by me. Hammond’s money makes very little difference to many people. His chucking of the stamp duty for homes £300,000 or under will help some people, but not […]

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A week in mild amusement

26th November 2017

This week, notorious bad bloke and Saddam Hussein lookalike Mel Gibson weighed in on the Weinstein scandal that’s shaking Hollywood to its Zionistically infested core (at least, I assume that’s what he said). He reckons that the horrendous revelations are ultimately good for Hollywood and healthy for the industry’s future. While appreciating Mel needs a […]

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Disability History Month – What You Need To Know

21st November 2017

With so many month-long awareness campaigns throughout the year, it can often become easy to simply ignore all that is going on in the world. Yet one equality campaign aims to bring light to a marginalised group often left behind, both figuratively and literally, in intersectional activism discourses. UK Disability History Month (UKDHM) is an […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s the House of Lords?

21st November 2017

The world of Westminster is often confusing and overwhelming. And there is a lot to remember if you’re to understand just a portion of what goes on. But worry not – we’ve got the low down on one of the most baffling parts: the House of Lords. In London stands proud the Houses of Parliament, […]

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Just why is Robert Mugabe Bad?

21st November 2017

It has been in the news for the past few of days now that Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe is the subject of a military coup, meaning his time as leader of the country, may be coming to an end. Economy Mugabe has been the President of Zimbabwe since 1987 and led the country when he […]

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Mugabe refuses to resign

20th November 2017

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe refused to resign last night following increasing pressure from the people of the country and the military. Mugabe, aged 93, was expected to give up the presidency last night in a televised address to the nation – and the rest of the world. Instead, he announced that he would oversee the […]

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Midweek Blues

15th November 2017

The team responsible for the friendship ruiner that is Cards Against Humanity have done it. Typically known for dumb stunts like mocking the super bowl and literally sending crap to their players, the team behind the infamous game have outdone themselves. If you were one of the people who donated $15 to their ‘Save America’ […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s the House of Commons?

13th November 2017

It’s not unnatural to watch the news and still not know what the House of Commons is or know exactly how it works. How else would you know about it unless you’ve read up on it? Well, you’re reading up on it now. So, the House of Commons is where Members of Parliament (if you’re […]

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Last Week in Politics

12th November 2017

Last week in politics was filled with drama and discontent. So, what’s new, you ask? Well, a lot, actually. And if you want it all explained simply and to-the-point, look no further than right here. 1. Monday – leaders of all political parties meet with the Prime Minister In a rare show of unity, the […]

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Priti Awkward

9th November 2017

Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel resigned last night after secret and unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials emerged in the press. Patel, who was elected MP for Witham constituency in 2010, was called back from an official trip to Africa to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May. The meeting, which lasted for half […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s an MP?

7th November 2017

For a lot of people, politics is a very confusing place. There are so many words to remember, so many parties and government positions and it’s not easy to know what it all means. But there is no shame in not knowing. After all, it’s not like the news explains the definition of all of […]

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This Week in Politics

4th November 2017

Unfortunately, this week in politics has lacked in amusement. It has been one scandal after another and the sexual harassment claims from last week, sparked by allegations about film mogul Harvey Weinstein, have continued. So, if you missed the sad events of this week in politics, without further ado, here they are. 1. Monday – […]

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A True Patriot

30th October 2017

There are many forms of protest currently surrounding the current POTUS. From rallies to the regular posts on r/PoliticalHumour, heck, even writing a big old Facebook post counts. From freestyles to full-blown songs, protests are everywhere. But none quite as simple as this. *POTENTIALLY OFFENSIVE SIGN LANGUAGE* Lone cyclist responds to @POTUS motorcade shortly after […]

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This Week in Politics

29th October 2017

It’s been an unusual week in politics. From a row about a popular north-east MP to claims of sexual harassment storming the corridors of power in Westminster. If you missed any of it, you’re in the right place. Here’s our review of this week in politics. 1. Monday – Abortion for women in Northern Ireland […]

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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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