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The Sorry State of Politics

Like many people, I am finding myself increasingly disillusioned with politics. When it comes to our country’s leadership, our two-party system presents us with two pitiful options. First there is Boris Johnson and his cabal of remorseless liars, desperately trying to scrape back some kudos after a disastrous two and a half years in power. […]

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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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The quiet reemergence of the centre-left

Since the global financial crisis of 2008, right-wing populism has dominated the political landscape across the western world. However, with electoral victories throughout Europe, moderately left of centre political parties have found recent success and challenged this trend, begging the question of whether the centre-left is experiencing a revival? Portugal is the latest country to […]

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Tragedy on the Channel

On Wednesday 24th November, smugglers pushed an inflatable dinghy along the coast of northern France towards the English Channel. The migrants on the dinghy each had their own aspirations: some to be reunited with their families, some to find work, and others to find a place to study. But dreams were shattered. It was a […]

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No justice, no peace process

Carol Ann Kelly was murdered forty years ago in Northern Ireland. But she wasn’t killed by a paramilitary gunman from either side of the aisle, unionist or republican. She was instead killed by an arm of the British state when, at twelve years old, she was pelted in the back of the head with rubber […]

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Never forget: Young people suffered so that old people could live

As we emerge from this nightmare, the sacrifices made by our generation must give way to incomparably more favourable government policy. Yes, I know. Obviously, some young lives were saved by lockdown and of course, it’s not like the elderly haven’t suffered from being locked up. BUT you can’t argue with the crux of it, […]

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At the Munich Security Conference, Biden pulls no punches

“America is back,” US President Joe Biden boldly asserted at the Munich Security Conference this February, outlining a combative but calculated attitude in dealing with America’s most militaristic adversaries.  Unlike previous presidencies, Mr Biden seemingly has no interest in a foreign policy ‘reset’ with Russia. His views are clear and uncompromising: Russia represents the “biggest […]

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A “socially corrosive monopoly” – the truth behind Scotland’s land

When I ask you to consider who owns Scotland, what first comes to mind? My focus is instantly drawn to the verb choice. Owns. ‘Who owns Scotland’ implies that Scotland is an entity for sale, to be carved up and greedily possessed. And after not insignificant research, this rather arbitrary interpretation proves pretty close to the […]