January 11, 2019

As the House of Commons rages over the draft deal negotiated in November, with Theresa May’s government eternally lurching from crisis to crisis, the future of the United Kingdom as a single nation grows less certain by the day. For many on both sides of the referendum...

November 29, 2018

Upon first glance, it would not be wrong to categorise the prosecution and subsequent pardoning of Matthew Hedges, a British national and Durham PhD student, by the UAE, as bizarre - only in 1971 did the UAE cease to be a British protectorate, and even now the country...

September 30, 2018

The NHS was born out of consensus: the agreement that healthcare should be free at the point of delivery to tackle society’s ills. 70 years on and the only consensus is that the system is in critical condition.

Since the creation of the National Health Service in 1948,...

September 30, 2018

Recently, there have been calls for a second EU referendum. This referendum would likely ask voters three questions whether to: accept a negotiated Brexit deal, remain in the EU, or leave with no deal. But why, two years after the UK voted to leave the EU, are we debat...

October 1, 2017

Earlier this year, we witnessed the death of the former deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, and Provisional Irish Republican Army leader, Martin McGuinness. Questionable though his legacy may be, he was instrumental in brokering the Good Friday Agreement of 1998...

December 23, 2015

Photograph: Flickr / Jonathan McIntosh

 

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear, right? This is a common snappy retort frequently uttered by those attempting to dismiss the exclamations over the erosion of privacy in this age of drag-net surveillance and big data-fuelled algor...

December 23, 2015

 Photograph: Flickr / Dan-Raoul Miranda

 

Jeremy Corbyn’s appointment of Kerry McCarthy as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at first glance seems strange. Nevertheless, this appointment could instead hail the beginning of a more balanced...

December 23, 2015

Photograph: Flickr / Garry Knight

 

Jeremy Corbyn’s victory was unprecedented and it was phenomenal. A truely democratic mandate to lead. An expression of solidarity between the grassroots and leftist underdog backbenchers, who now rule the roost at the behest of the par...

February 23, 2015

Photograph: Flickr / Angus McDiarmid

 

The collapse of the Soviet Union, globalization, the success of the Four Tigers as well as the ongoing trend of freeing trade have led some to think that there are no alternatives left anymore except liberalism. Francis Fukuyama, th...

February 21, 2015

Photograph: Flickr / Chris Beckett 

 

In the 2010 general elections, voter turnout was of 65%. Among the younger demographic (ages 18-24) it was only 44%. These statistics might suggest there is a general apathy when it comes to voting about politics, especially among th...

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