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Over 2,000 people boycott Edinburgh nightclubs

On 28 October, people across Edinburgh boycotted nightclubs in response to the recent surge of spiking across not just Scottish cities, but the whole nation. Over the past month, the ‘Girls Night In’ online campaign has gained traction across almost 50 locations, such as Edinburgh, St Andrews, Bristol, Exeter, Liverpool and London. Still, the campaign […]

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Paterson, corruption and a dearth of parliamentary decency

What do you get when you cross entitled, greedy men with positions of power? Our parliament, apparently. Who would have guessed? As a British citizen whose rights and interests are represented in Parliament, I am appalled by Owen Paterson’s conduct. It undermines the democratic system, and – as phrased by the report into his actions […]

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Covert Human Intelligence Sources bill: accountability in the justice system

Much of the glitz regarding the James Bond franchise, only exists in the minds of Hollywood producers. But, a ‘licence to kill’ may soon become a reality in the UK, as Westminster considers new legislation allowing confidential informants working for the security services to be authorised to break the law. The Covert Human Intelligence Sources […]

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Sharma’s self-isolation shows how outdated our parliament is

In a shock turn of events that surprised… well, they surprised absolutely no one: an MP, a cabinet minster no less, has had to go into isolation and get tested for coronavirus the day after MPs voted to abolish the hybrid parliament. Whilst I didn’t expect to be proved right quite so quickly, this does […]

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A brutal bashing for the Barons

In recent weeks, a story made news headlines claiming that British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has unveiled new plans to move the House of Lords to the Northern city of York. In an attempt to liberate us from the consuming vulgarity of London influence, this has unfortunately been met with both heavy criticism and wide […]

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Report highlights early success of Scottish minimum unit pricing

When minimum unit pricing (MUP) came into effect in May 2018, it had already faced numerous challenges. The legislation was passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, but endured a lengthy court battle with the Scotch Whisky Association who claimed that the policy amounted to a “restriction on trade” and a breach of European Union […]

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Parliament resits amidst havoc: What next?

On Tuesday 24 September, The Supreme Court declared Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament “unlawful”. Lady Hale declared the suspension of Parliament as “unlawful, void and of no effect”. However, an official spokesperson for the Government added: “Based on the advice we were provided with at the time by our attorney’s, prorogation was the […]

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The real Brexit coup: how parliament betrayed the people

Today and every day henceforth until 31 October, British democracy stares idly into a daunting abyss. Not the ‘No Deal’ abyss that Swinson and Soubry sing of from the green benches, but one that could shatter the integrity of British democracy for a generation. After years of dragging their heels throughout the Brexit process, condescending […]