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How much more of me is there to boost?

Hearing Novak Djokovic’s troubles on entering Australia, I was jumping for joy. He’d always come across as selfish and entitled on tour, and to see this finally catch up with him felt nothing short of justice. However, as time went on, and the world began to turn on arguably the greatest tennis player of all […]

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Aviation is not the enemy

When it comes to climate change, aviation, as an industry, is not the problem. Aviation produces just 2% of all human CO2 emissions and when compared within the transport sector, aviation produces just 12% of all transportation CO2 emissions, versus 74% for road vehicles. The predicament facing aviation however is that, in the public eye, […]

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We need a new ‘New Labour’

Let me begin this by saying, Labour cannot win an election this decade if they maintain leadership on the traditional Left wing of the party; they must move back towards the centre of the spectrum if they wish to have electoral success. Four successive Tory victories in amongst some of the most volatile economic times […]

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Transport spending in our ever dis-United Kingdom

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, has come out by criticising leaked potential delays to HS2, claiming that “It’s the same old story. London and the South gets whatever it wants, and it’s all about penny-pinching in the North.” The leaked document claimed that HS2’s budget runs the risk of inflating over £100bn, an unprecedented […]

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The UK’s paradoxical stance on Iran

Just as we thought relations with Iran had peaked at some of their worst for years, Iran went and arrested the UK ambassador to the nation: claiming participation in a candlelight vigil and more pertinently an “illegal” protest surrounding the shooting down of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 – something the ambassador strongly refutes participating […]

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The Sri Lankan paradox: the country looks set to stall under Rajapaksa’s protectionism

Every time Sri Lanka looks like it is developing further to become a more democratic or liberal state, remotely more integrated with the rest of the world, it manages to reverse itself politically by electing an ultra-nationalistic protectionist with a human rights record that even Josef Stalin would envy. It’s what I’d like to call […]

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Tokyo Olympics asked to ban Japan’s Rising Sun flag

Relations between two East Asian giants have once again frozen with the arrival of winter. The main subject of this controversy: Japan’s inclusion of the ‘Rising Sun Flag’ in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Tensions arose after the South Korean Government requested to the International Olympic Committee that the flag be banned from Olympic venues. The […]

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‘From Out of Nowhere’ is a masterpiece of a record

What a return from Jeff Lynne. From a near 30-year hiatus of new material from 1986 to 2015, disregarding Zoom in 2001, Lynne has pulled off a humble masterpiece of a record that could very well be taken from the days of ELO’s prime in the late 1970s. After playing it safe with Alone in […]