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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

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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

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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

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UK Politics

EU Referendum: Where was the other half of the UK?

29th June 2016

Whether you are thrilled or distraught with the decision to leave the European Union the fact that only 33.5m out of a 64.1m population chose to vote is seriously concerning. Considering this was such an important decision, some would say the biggest political decision we will ever have, the fact … read more

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UK Politics

Corbyn was always on thin ice… and now it’s cracking

28th June 2016

To paraphrase a Twitter user: If only Jeremy Corbyn was as passionate during the referendum, as he is stubborn about his leadership. On late Monday afternoon, four days after the EU referendum, he addressed a crowd, saying he would refuse to stand down, despite two-thirds of his cabinet resigning, urging … read more

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UK Politics

Could Labour be set to lose its leader?

26th June 2016

The EU referendum has been a divisive period of time permeated by disillusion with the establishment. Is anyone satisfied? For Remain voters this is a devastating defeat, for Leave voters, politicians have already failed to live up to promises. No political party has benefitted. Farage may speak as if he … read more

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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

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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

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World

The Future of British Foreign Policy in Africa

8th June 2016

“Africa was not created piecemeal.  Africa was born no later and no earlier than any other geographical area on this globe.  Africans are no more, no more and no less than other men, possess all human attributes, talents, deficiencies, virtues and faults” Haile Selassie Why should the British Government and … read more

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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

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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

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Society

In favour of British Federalism

5th April 2016

“All politics is local” Former US House Speaker Tip O’Neill One fact that escapes many foreign observers is that the UK is a nation of many nations; England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Each nation has a separate culture and often a separate language, even if English remains the de … read more

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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

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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