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Rishi Sunak to be next Prime Minister

Rishi Sunak will be the next Prime Minister of the UK. Penny Mordaunt pulled out of the conservative leadership race just before 2 this afternoon. Mordaunt said in her withdrawal statement: “This decision is an historic one and shows, once again, the diversity and talent of our party. Rishi has my full support. “I am […]

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Britain’s reliance on Russian money

In what will come as a surprise to nobody except our bumbling prime minister, Johnson’s government has, yet again, surrounded itself in controversy. This week, it’s the cushy relationship our government’s enjoyed with Russia’s elite circles of mega-rich, mega-dodgy oligarchs. And as the general public has voiced their anger through protests and Instagram stories, Labour […]

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The Conservative Party and the Politics of Pandemic Recovery

One could be forgiven for missing the announcement last week of the government’s decision to go ahead with the proposed 1.25% increase in National Insurance – a tax on earnings paid by both employer and employee set to come into force in April. The move, which ministers have repeatedly downplayed in recent media appearances, will […]

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Christmas bubbles: use your common sense

Off the back of his announcement about the changes to the Covid-19 guidance over the 5-day Christmas period, Boris Johnson reminded the public that “‘tis the season to be jolly careful.” Panel shows and social media took this and ran with it, culminating in some wonderful Covid-safe covers of Christmas songs being shared by the […]

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It’ll all end in tiers

As England emerges from lockdown, we’ve learnt more and more about the revamped the 3-tier system. And with the government’s announcement of the Christmas Covid Rules edition of The Purge, everything feels a long way from Johnson’s line from earlier in the year about ‘following the science’.  The public have also begun to discover more […]

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Coronavirus crisis prompts dramatic financial intervention

The latest dramatic financial and social interventions by the government to stave off the economic effects of the Coronavirus crisis, have been well received, politically and in financial markets but now come questions about how long Prime Minister Boris Johnson can prop up the economy with such huge portions of itself – up to 15% […]

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Election Debate: Party leaders clash as student issues side-lined

On Tuesday November 19 the leaders of the two front-running parties went head-to-head on ITV for the first leadership debate. This comes after a legal challenge brought by the SNP and the Liberal Democrats, demanding their parties were represented in the debate, was defeated on Monday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn […]

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Eclectrc Panoptic

Eclectrc Panoptic, now coming to its last few days at Talbot Rice Gallery, comes exceptionally close to being mind-blowing. Upon entering the gallery the walls are decorated with colourful, geometric drawings on paper produced by the New Zealand-born artist, along with a mural of vulvic alien gods and somersaulting disembodied nudes. There’s a lot going […]