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Economics and Elitism: How the Left Lost Touch with Working Class Voters

Economics and Elitism: How the Left Lost Touch with Working Class Voters

The Labour party’s constitution commits the party to fighting for a country, ‘in which power, wealth and opportunity are in the hands of the many, not the few’. President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech claimed his election was ‘built by working men and women’, who together would rebuild America the only way it had ever...
The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

On 24 October a fleet of 150 buses arrived at the makeshift refugee and migrant camp in Calais with the task of moving some of the approximately 7000 remaining residents to sheltered accommodation across France. Two days later, the camp, often referred to as ‘the Jungle’ in the media, was set ablaze as demolition crews...
Is the UK too politically correct when it comes to terrorism?

Is the UK too politically correct when it comes to terrorism?

In July 2016, radical preacher Anjem Choudhary and co-defendant Mohammed Rahman were convicted of supporting and encouraging support of the Islamic State. The pair encouraged their followers to support ISIS via a series of YouTube videos, praised the ‘caliphate’ and urged many to travel to Syria. While Choudhary’s conviction may seem to prove that the...
A Nuclear Earthquake: The Case Against Unilateral Disarmament

A Nuclear Earthquake: The Case Against Unilateral Disarmament

Nuclear weapons are abhorrent. They are horrific devices which wreak untold devastation and which, in their current numbers, certainly contain enough power to destroy all life on this planet. A world without any nuclear weapons and without any Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles, Aircraft Carriers, drones and AK-47s would be preferable. Unfortunately, these things exist, and some...
After Chilcot: Bereaved Military Families and the Other

After Chilcot: Bereaved Military Families and the Other

In 2009, then Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that with the last troops coming home from Iraq (discounting the many who stayed for security reasons) the time was right to establish an investigation to ‘enable us to learn the lessons of the complex and often controversial events of the last six years.’ On 6 July...
Cameron’s Legacy: An Eton Mess?

Cameron’s Legacy: An Eton Mess?

On the 17 June David Cameron made the statement ‘I will continue with my duties as the MP for Witney.’ Only 87 days later, on 12 September, Cameron ended his political career. Many see his departure from politics as tame and ignoble. To say the least, it has been a whirlwind past three months for...
Brexit: Economic Meltdown or Veiled Opportunity?

Brexit: Economic Meltdown or Veiled Opportunity?

After months of heated campaigning, citizens of the United Kingdom surprised the world and arguably themselves by voting to leave the European Union (EU). Although there was never much doubt that results for Leave vs Remain would be close, general expectations seemed to indicate continuity would ultimately prevail. At times it almost felt like the...