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Tory candidate: Benefits Street stars should be ‘put down’

6th November 2019

It’s not every day you catch a prospective MP candidate who said that the people starring in Channel 4 TV show Benefits Street should be “put down”. Yet Conservative candidate Francesca O’Brien said this in 2014 on Facebook, it was revealed. O’Brien, who is running to be MP for Gower in South Wales, was selected […]

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Unpaid Internships are Supporting Inequality

4th November 2019

It’s the time of year when students up and down the country are applying for internships at firms all over the place. The bankers, accountants and computer whizzes all have one thing in common: there are plenty of opportunities out there, up and down the country, and all of it is paid. The media, journalism, […]

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MP to stand down due to abuse

29th October 2019

We often hear about how toxic things have become in politics. Be it Brexit, immigration, the NHS – all of these issues are highly emotive and have, without a doubt, caused tensions to run high with those holding public office. However, MP Heidi Allen has announced she is to stand down due to abuse she […]

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Brexit extension agreed by EU

28th October 2019

It has been announced today by the European Union that the UK has been granted a further Brexit extension – 31st January 2020. EU Council President Donald Tusk said the extension is more of a “flextension”, meaning that the UK government can take us out of the EU before that deadline if they wish to […]

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EU discusses Brexit extension

25th October 2019

Following predictably dramatic scenes in Parliament this week, EU leaders are discussing the possibility of a Brexit extension as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushes for a general election. EU ambassadors have come together today to consider how long to give Britain before we leave the Union. It comes after Chancellor Sajid Javid admitted that Johnson’s […]

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Why I hate student politics

23rd October 2019

Student politics is often thought of as a vehicle to make great change at universities up and down the country. It’s viewed as a way for students from all backgrounds to get involved and change things. It’s all about representation. Except it isn’t. Student politics – at least in my experience – is about vanity […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s a Bill?

1st October 2019

There’s so much political talk whirring all around the news – and there has been for the past three years. One word you’ll have heard numerous times is ‘bill’. They are super important, but not all that clear to work out. So, here’s an easy explanation of bills in the Houses of Parliament. What actually […]

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Mastering Politics: What’s the Chancellor?

24th September 2019

Roles within politics are not always very well understood. Even the role of the prime minister isn’t very clear to many people looking into the bewildering world of politics. So, you’re forgiven for not really knowing what the chancellor – of all people – does in their job. The job description The primary role of […]

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Migrant Camp in Dunkirk Cleared

23rd September 2019

As of last week, French police began to evacuate the Dunkirk migrant camp near the northern port of the city. Dunkirk is one of the closest French ports to England. Authorities have already attempted to clear the camp in the past in October 2018 when around 1,800 people resided there. The gymnasium there was opened […]

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Mastering Politics: Dominic Cummings

17th September 2019

You may have heard his name briefly mentioned in the news really, but only if you were listening closely. Either way, you’ll definitely have heard his slogan: “Take back control”. Dominic Cummings is a very powerful man operating behind the scenes of government right now, so we thought we’d explain who he is and what […]

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The Truth About the Amazon Fires

11th September 2019

At b**p we always strive to deliver the truth to our readers, and, in part, we did this with our article on the agricultural industry feeding the fires in the Amazon rainforest. However, that’s not the full truth. In fact, there’s a lot more to the Amazon fires than simply going vegan. The truth about […]

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MPs to force No. 10 to release texts

10th September 2019

In a shock move last night, MPs voted to force the government to release some of their no-deal planning documents and private messages from No. 10 officials. The vote came as the fifth defeat of five votes within a week for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It also followed the resignation of former Work and Pensions […]

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Mastering Politics: Prorogation of Parliament

10th September 2019

When it comes to politics, nothing is simple. Let alone the current goings on in Westminster. Recently in the news, there has been lots of talk around the prorogation of Parliament. Of course, any ordinary person has no idea what that means. But don’t worry – that’s why we’re here. Prorogation is the term used […]

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Brexit: The embodiment of everything wrong

9th September 2019

‘Brexit’: the blatant jargon that has blazed our headlines not-so-graciously over the past three years. Once a foreign concept, the term is now something we are all too familiar with. That’s not necessarily a good thing. Regardless of your stance on the issue, I think we can all agree it has gotten completely out of […]

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Unpopular Opinions: Free Tuition Doesn’t Work

6th September 2019

Free tuition. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Many young people reading this will be heading off to university very soon, and we all know that with a degree comes that dreaded mountain of student debt. The government has predicted that, by the middle of the century, outstanding student debt will reach an astounding £450 billion, which […]

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Boris was wrong to sack 21 MPs

5th September 2019

British politics at the moment is moving at such a rapid pace it’s hard to keep up. But one particular event has lasted longer than most in the news – and that’s Boris Johnson’s sacking of 21 of his own MPs. Don’t be misled by that statement – the Prime Minister hasn’t just got rid […]

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The Day Democracy Dies

5th September 2019

In four days’ time, we will witness the death of democracy in the UK. The British Parliament will shut down for approximately five weeks and during this time, your MPs will be rendered useless. For five weeks the Chamber of the House of Lords will be empty. For five weeks the voices of MPs in […]

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Whose Fault is the Current Brexit Crisis?

4th September 2019

As we see our most recent Prime Minister Boris Johnson rack up a 100% defeat rate in the House of Commons, we are all beginning to lose the plot. Every news story is about Brexit, and every news story calls it a ‘crisis’. Every news story is pretty much right. But whose fault is this […]

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Mastering Politics: European Parliament

27th August 2019

Understanding politics isn’t easy, let alone beginning to try to understand anything regarding Europe. With so much noise surrounding Europe and Brexit, getting simple facts on the issues is difficult. But this edition of Mastering Politics is going to give you the simple facts today – all about the European Parliament. What is the European […]

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Why Capitalism Shouldn’t be a Dirty Word

24th August 2019

It seems dangerous merely daring to use the words ‘capitalism’ and ‘fair’ in the same sentence, doesn’t it? But why? Maybe it’s the pipe dream being sold to the masses – especially today’s youth – that communism will one day swoop in to solve all of our problems. Ah, yes – communism, the ideology-in-shining armour […]

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Mastering Politics: The Power of the Prime Minister

20th August 2019

Understanding politics isn’t easy – let alone trying to understand the role of the most important person in Britain: the Prime Minister. This week’s Mastering Politics is all about the power of the prime minister and how much of it they really have. What is the role of the prime minister? The prime minister’s (PM) […]

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Why Tuition Fees Aren’t the Problem

16th August 2019

University costs have skyrocketed in the past decade. What was once a free educational institution where a place earned meant genuine hard work and a solid academic background has become a money-grabbing, self-serving machine. Introduced in 1998 by Blair’s Labour government, tuition fees were meant to stay low. Raised to over £9,000 in 2016, they […]

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Mastering Politics: Communism

13th August 2019

Understanding politics isn’t easy, let alone trying to understand something as complex as communism. With so much opinion clouding this part of politics, you’re forgiven for being clueless. That’s why we’re explaining communism without opinion and in simple terms right here. What is communism? First and foremost, communism is an ideology. This means it’s a […]

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Mastering Politics: Capitalism

6th August 2019

Understanding politics isn’t easy – and that’s why we have our own ‘politics put simply’ column, Mastering Politics. This time, we’re explaining the meaning of capitalism. What is capitalism? Capitalism is, first and foremost, an ideology. This means that it’s a system of ideas and beliefs about the economy and social aspects of running a […]

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Why Priti Patel is Dangerous

5th August 2019

When Boris Johnson was announced as the new Prime Minister, there were no prizes for guessing who’d be sent straight into the Home Office. It was always going to be Priti Patel, the loyal BoJo Brexiteer. Priti Patel, born in London to a Ugandan-Indian family, has been in politics for a while now. Originally, she […]

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Theresa May: a goodie or a baddie?

27th July 2019

Theresa May has undoubtedly had one of the most trying and frustrating premerships of all prime ministers. And the worst part is that it was all caused by her own Party. The instability caused by members of Theresa May’s own Party in itself shows that she was not a masterful leader at all. Instead, it […]

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Boris Johnson announced as prime minister

23rd July 2019

It was announced this morning that Boris Johnson is to be Britain’s next prime minister. Johnson, who was always tipped to win the Conservative leadership race, beat opponent Jeremy Hunt in a ballot of Tory members. During his campaign, he was endorsed by a number of high-profile Conservative MPs, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Michael Gove and […]

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Mastering Politics: Socialism

20th July 2019

Understanding specific political terms is not an easy task. It doesn’t help when the Internet is full of people with opinions and overly-long sentences trying to explain stuff either. So, Mastering Politics is back and is here to explain socialism. What is socialism? Socialism is an ideology first and foremost, which means it’s a system […]

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Trump ‘Go Home’ Comments Explained

16th July 2019

US President Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy. However, his latest Twitter comments have caused a stir among people and politicians alike due to their racist nature. In a three-thread tweet on Sunday, Trump said that four Congresswomen of colour who have been extremely criticial of his administration, should “go back and help fix […]

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Review: Johnson v Hunt Debate

9th July 2019

In the one and only Conservative leadership race debate on ITV, hopefuls Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt went head to head on issues from Brexit to the NHS to what it means to be the British prime minister. If you missed the debate, or just couldn’t understand anything other than Boris Johnson talking over everyone, […]

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Mastering Politics: The Brexit Party

8th July 2019

Political parties are not the easiest of things to understand – and that’s just speaking for the mainstream ones. The Brexit Party is one of the newest political parties in Britain, and it was officially founded in January 2019. It labels itself as Eurosceptic, meaning it is highly critical of the European Union (EU). The […]

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Why Boris Johnson just can’t be PM

3rd July 2019

As we inch ever-closer to discovering just who will win the Conservative Party leadership race, and thus become Britain’s next prime minister, there’s something seriously bothering me. It has everything to do with the teriffying thought of Boris Johnson becoming PM. You might think that this is terrifying to me – and, I’m sure, millions […]

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Mastering Politics: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

2nd July 2019

The name Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe probably rings a bell in your mind. It’s the name of a British-Iranian woman who has been detained in Iran since 2016 after she headed out there to visit family with her young daughter. Why was she detained? According to Iranian authorities, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “plotting to topple the Iranian government”. […]

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Feminism: Ignored or Provoked by the Media?

14th May 2019

It was the summer of 2015. My family and I were on our annual road trip and we had just visited London. As we were on our 6-hour journey coming back home, we noticed that there was a huge traffic jam and commotion occurring on the main road we were travelling on. The reason? A […]

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A week in mild amusement

30th April 2019

Who’s your Baghdadi The leader of Islamic State has appeared in a video for the first time in five years. His newest release declared war on the infidel western world and all of its wretched citizen’s suckling at the teat of heathen democracy before urging viewers to like and subscribe and click the bell icon […]

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Rebuilding Notre Dame

17th April 2019

Over the past few days, the world has stood alongside Paris in mourning over the tragic fires which have destroyed major parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in one of the capital city’s central districts. Notre Dame: A Tragedy Politicians, celebrities and public figures have sent their condolences alongside kind words to a nation in […]

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A Better World: Embracing Differences

11th April 2019

Our world is obsessed with ‘other’ and ‘differences’, to the point that many make it their sole obligation to rid society of people who seemingly don’t belong. Recent differences in opinion over subjects like Brexit have caused division, ultimately leading to nowhere. This, alongside conflicts over religious beliefs and sexuality, serves to do two things: cause […]

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Merkel: Germany stands with Ireland

5th April 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that in the Brexit negotiations, Germany stands with Ireland “every step of the way”. The revelation comes after Ms Merkel’s talked with Leo Varadka, the Irish prime minister, in Dublin yesterday. It is understood that the talks surrounded the issues with the current Brexit deadlock in Parliament. One of […]

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MPs to push for No-Deal to be discounted

3rd April 2019

MPs in the House of Commons are to push for a no-deal Brexit to be discounted as reports suggest Theresa May is ramping up preparations for leaving the EU without a deal. Labour MP Yvette Cooper has presented the bill in the hope that it will be passed by MPs and put into law in […]

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Theresa May asks Corbyn for help with Brexit

3rd April 2019

In what is being seen as a shocking move politically, Prime Minister Theresa May announced yesterday that she will be speaking to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with regards to how Britain moves on with the Brexit process. Mrs May’s decision follows weeks of deadlock in Parliament with her own MPs and Cabinet refusing to back […]

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A week in mild amusement

2nd April 2019

Hung Parliament A dozen protesters stripped naked in the House of Commons to bring attention to climate change. Because only a naked male body can truly exemplify when there’s a drastic change in temperature. Despite the intent of the demonstration, the MPs continued discussing the enthralling subject of Brexit. You have to give Theresa May […]

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Why we’ll never agree on Brexit

2nd April 2019

Brexit. Brexit. Brexit. In case you haven’t noticed (don’t worry – I know you have), it’s all we talk about nowadays. And, if you want to know the grim truth, here it is: we’re never going to agree on Brexit. Never. Never. Going. To. Agree. If you’re asking why, I’ll forgive you. The way politicians […]

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A limerick in mild amusement

19th March 2019

It’s that time of year again kids. That time being, that in honour of St. Patrick’s Day I will attempt to convey the week’s news in the highest form of art. That being the humble limerick. Count yourself lucky that this is only a couple of days late this year, instead of the three months […]

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Where Brexit went wrong

25th February 2019

Brexit has quickly become one of the biggest shambles in British history. We have managed to royally screw it up, but we’ve done it so bad that it’s difficult to see where exactly things started. If you’re wondering where Brexit went wrong, strap yourself in… The referendum Many staunch Remainers may argue that Brexit went […]

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Should Shamima Begum be allowed back?

21st February 2019

It’s been a solid few days since Shamima Begum, the British-born ISIS bride, made news headlines for wanting to return to Britain with her newborn son, and discussion about it shows no sign of letting up. The country is divided about whether or not Begum should be allowed back into Britain, and the natural, immediate […]

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Is Japan Turning its Back on Britain?

21st February 2019

As Honda Announces Swindon Plant Closure, Is Japan Turning its Back on Britain? In 1984 Margaret Thatcher personally lobbied the chairman of Nissan Motor Company, Katsuji Kawamata, and the Japanese Prime Minister to come to a deal attracting a 6000+ job manufacturing plant in Sunderland and establishing the UK as the natural outpost in the […]

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Who is Christopher Chope?

16th February 2019

Sir Christopher Chope is the sitting Conservative MP for Christchurch since 1997. A qualified barrister, Chope was inexplicably bestowed a knighthood for “political and public service”. In many ways, Chope is a fairly run of the mill (although of the type that is becoming less common) Conservative backbench MP. He’s socially conservative, voting consistently against […]

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The Snowflake Generation: A Threat to What?

19th January 2019

You may have heard of a ‘snowflake’, and thought, what does it mean? Naturally, your innate curiosity as a liberal, open-minded individual, makes you investigate this new insult people have been throwing around lately like salted peanuts at a 16th birthday party. Define: Snowflake According to the urban dictionary, a snowflake is someone that ‘thinks […]

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A week in mild amusement

16th January 2019

Collider Scope Cern is planning to build an even bigger version of the Large Hadron Collider. I remember when the last one was turned on and many feared it would produce a black hole that would destroy the world. I imagine it’ll be identical when they turn the new one on with the exception of […]

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Goodbye 2018: What and Who?

30th December 2018

What with Brexit ruffling feathers all over Europe, Trump upsetting the world in general, and the year of prevailing political correctness, 2018 has been a turbulent one. The turn of the year is a time of mixed emotions. We feel sadness for lives lost, relief at having left things behind and live in hope for change […]

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