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Comedy Fringe

Fringe 2022: Matt Forde – Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right Review

If you’re looking for a comedian who responds impeccably well to his audience, humiliates the Conservative Party, the SNP, and Labour through impressions and powerful political facts then look no further. Matt Forde’s witty Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right will have you literally laughing so you don’t cry about the […]

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Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: Leaving Vietnam Review

[The play] highlighted the depth of the personal sacrifice soldiers from all around the world make for their country: whether the war is justifiable or not, their personal sacrifice remains unmatched. 

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Fringe Interview

Fringe 2022 Review: A Sunday Afternoon with Gordon Brown, Interviewed by Matt Forde

In the spectacular setting of McEwan Hall, the recording of the Gordon Brown episode of Matt Forde’s podcast, The Political Party, provided a one-hour insight into the life, work and ideas of one of the few world leaders who is a true public servant, interested in the livelihoods of the people he represents over his own personal interests.

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Comedy Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: Bloody Difficult Women Review

The piece is not afraid to highlight how politicians often refuse to go against the grain, or to refuse to do what is right for the greater good, because of a fear of losing control. Bloody Difficult Women is a must watch show.

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On the nature of nationhood

With the recent celebrations of the Queen’s failure to die in a timely manner, and the lavish parades and parties thrown at massive cost to the public purse, all in the midst of the worst cost of living crisis in living memory, I’m left once more wondering about the state of politics in Britain. Perhaps […]

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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 […]