UK Politics

Sadiq Khan “part and parcel” remarks are fake news

23rd March 2017

In the aftermath of the horrific attack on the heart of our country’s democracy yesterday, right-wing figures including Nigel Farage and Donald Trump Jr exploited the attack to launch a smear campaign on Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim Mayor of London, somehow implying that he is complacent with terrorism. This … read more

UK Politics

Keeping the UK together means a radical new settlement

7th September 2016

The SNP launched a new drive towards a second independence referendum with the ‘biggest listening exercise in SNP history’ this week. Arguably, the threat of Scottish Independence is of even greater importance to the future of the UK than our membership of EU. Although the Brexit decision will fundamentally change … read more

UK Politics

The trouble with Labour and Jeremy Corbyn

6th September 2016

How much can change in a year? A vote to leave the European Union, a new Prime Minister and Donald Trump could be the American President… Yet, the Labour party are once again having a Leadership election with Jeremy Corbyn at the receiving end of a media smear campaign. … read more

UK Politics

Theresa May: What kind of Prime Minister will she be?

11th July 2016

Today, Theresa May unexpectedly won the Conservative leadership contest, after the 1922 Committee declared that after Andrea Leadsom’s withdrawal from the contest, she will be the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and very soon. But who is she, and what are her policies? By publicly stating that she … read more

UK Politics

Farage resigns as UKIP leader: Will UKIP survive without him?

10th July 2016

A shocking event occurred this week, one nor you or I would have expected. A prominent political figure announced their sudden resignation.  A figure who has certainly attracted controversy over the years, while developing a new, unique brand of politics. Nigel Farage has announced his sudden resignation as leader of … read more

UK Politics

Opinion: How will David Cameron be remembered?

30th June 2016

Every Prime Minister leaves a legacy, and not necessarily ones they would have wanted; Gordon Brown was at the helm when the economy fell off a cliff, Tony Blair is closely associated with foreign wars, and John Major is remembered as weak and ineffectual by many. David Cameron leaves behind … read more

World

Military Coups: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

5th September 2016

  Most countries at one time or another have had their destinies changed by the intervention of their militaries into their internal politics.  Brazil’s military moved against their monarchy making the country henceforth a republic.  In the closing chapter of the English Civil Wars General George Monck made the fateful … read more

World

The Future of British and French Defence Cooperation

18th July 2016

“France and Great Britain shall no longer be two nations, but one Franco-British Union. The constitution of the Union will provide for joint organs of defense, foreign, financial and economic policies. Every citizen of France will enjoy immediately citizenship of Great Britain, every British subject will become a citizen of … read more

World

A tragic end to a peaceful protest in Dallas

9th July 2016

In what President Obama has called a “vicious, calculated, despicable attack on law enforcement,” five American police officers have been shot and killed in Dallas. On Thursday evening, five police officers were murdered with a further seven injured as one known shooter fired from an “elevated position” in downtown Dallas. … read more

World

The Battle of the Somme at 100

30th June 2016

“’Somme’. The whole history of the world cannot contain a more ghastly word” Freidrich Steinbrecher July 1st will mark the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s bloodiest battles. Lasting 141 days, the Battle of the Somme saw more than 19,000 British dead in the first day alone and by … read more

World

Erbil: Life on the doorstep of ISIS

7th September 2016

Erbil city centre is deserted. Restaurants and teahouses are locked and bordered up while the streets are clear of much traffic and pedestrians. A lone figure can be seen in the main square, resting under the shade of a small tree. ISIS are little more than an hours drive west … read more

Society

Cutting the costs of crime: For a more equitable prison system

4th September 2016

Violent crime costs the UK over £124 billion a year, £4,700 for every household. The biggest assault on the public purse is prison expenditure. The annual cost of a prison place in England and Wales marks around £37,648. This surpasses the fees of even the most prestigous private schools. Yet … read more

Society

The Workplace of the 21st century

3rd September 2016

The nature of work and what it means in society has, of course, developed and changed throughout the centuries. From what was largely a mass agrarian base through to the sprawling Industrial Revolution, the workplace and employees’ place in it has constantly evolved technologically. Technology, advances in machinery, the computer … read more

Society

Opinion: Owen Jones, Terrorists and the Importance of Context

19th June 2016

In the now infamous Sky News press preview where Guardian columnist, Owen Jones ‘stormed’ off (in a tabloid world where ‘storming’ is actually walking off in a very disgruntled but polite fashion), talking about the homophobic terrorist that committed the Orlando atrocity he stated “if he went into a synagogue and … read more

Education

The University Bubble

30th November 2015

In 2013/14 a million first year students enrolled in British universities. The universities will receive £9,000 a year for every student plus profits of around £1,400 for every bed filled in student accommodation. Adding £59 billion each year to the economy, the university business is worth more than agriculture or … read more

Education

The imprimatur of Students’ Unions

29th September 2015

On the 20th March 2015, Bath University’s Model United Nations hosted a World Food Programme Diversity event. Invited were a number of performers; a cappella band rendered pop songs, a mellifluous Arab musician played on an oud, and some Chinese students demonstrated a wardrobe of traditional Chinese clothing. The Comedy … read more