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Character staining and its consequences – Johnson’s yellow journalism

Over the past few months, we have seen scandal after scandal leave Boris Johnson floundering – the Prime Minister’s disastrous handling of Brexit, the pandemic, and now Partygate have left him in desperate search of a way to deflect attention from his ever-growing number of blunders. On 31 January, the nation watched in disbelief as […]

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50 shades of Sue Gray

Now Sue Gray has released her findings it is clear to even the most ignorant of Cabinet Ministers that the government has been dancing the Macarena and Cha Cha Slide a few too many times to be considered ‘responsible’. And whilst the Tories were recreating their junior school discos behind the walls of 10 Downing […]

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The Labour Party: Dead In The Water?

Editors note: This article was originally submitted for publication on 13th October. Eighteen months into Keir Starmer tenure as leader of the Labour Party, he remains an anathema to the majority of the public. With very few definable policies and a lack of political mettle that has been consistently exposed in interviews, those who believe […]

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Keir Starmer is no Thomas Hobbes, but he doesn’t need to be

When Starmer was first elected leader of the Labour Party, the libertarian commentariat rejoiced: finally, an exacting, methodological needle to prick Johnson’s pomposity. His early PMQs had a laser-like focus – the perfect antidote to the braggadocious Boris. And yet now it seems the tide has turned. His failure to call for Matt Hancock’s resignation […]

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Labour must adapt to survive

As discontent grows around Keir Starmer’s reluctance to increase corporation tax it seems that, almost a year after he was elected leader, his honeymoon period is over. Despite starting promisingly in the polls, recent weeks have seen Labour steadily lose their margin as many left-leaning party members fear for the radical proposals on which Starmer […]

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A year on, ‘Starmerism’ appears to be fizzling out

When Keir Starmer became leader of the Labour Party last year, many Labour members and voters were cautiously optimistic. With good experience in government, and a background in Labour’s soft left, his ascension promised to unify the party and restore it as a vibrant and eminently electable political force. But despite some initial enthusiasm in […]

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Starmer rebuffs recent criticism

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer has dismissed criticism of his leadership, telling the BBC “The vast majority of our party and our movement are behind what we’re doing.” Starmer, who has not yet been a year in the position, has faced significant opposition from the left of the party – many of whom have […]

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Problematising martyrdom of NHS workers

CW: anti-Blackness Gwendolyn Brooks’ marvellous poem Negro Hero is a dramatic monologue for Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller, a Black American sailor honoured ‘for distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety during the attack on Pearl Harbour – December 7, 1941. The poem is significant as an early entrance of Black […]