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The Despatch Box is a political journal published by the Royal Holloway Politics and International Relations Society, edited by IT/OJ Officer Jack Reason and President Eden Singh.

Established in 2016, the journal aims to provide students with a forum to broadcast their opinions and develop their political writing skills.

We’re always looking for new writers. Click here to apply!

The Murder of George Floyd

Sarah Tennent writes from the position of a white person about the murder of George Floyd and systemic racism. This article contains petitions, places to donate and book recommendations for white people to educate themselves.

Golden Apple Award Winners

Following from two weeks of nominations and voting, students have come together to recognise the lecturer and student who has gone above and beyond for PIR at Royal Holloway! Politics and International Relations Society are pleased to announce the lecturer PIR students recognised who had gone above and beyond their role, enriched student learning andContinue reading “Golden Apple Award Winners”

A Tale of Two Parliaments: John Bercow joins Holloway Faculty

On the 10th of January, Prof. Nicholas Allen announced that the recently resigned Speaker of the House of Commons would be gracing the hallowed halls of Royal Holloway with a talk by the name of ‘A Tale of Two Parliaments’. The day of his highly anticipated appearance at Holloway started at 7:58am when Prof. OliverContinue reading “A Tale of Two Parliaments: John Bercow joins Holloway Faculty”

The Legacy of Theresa May

  On 24th May after just short of three years in office, Theresa May announced her resignation as Prime Minister. As of today she will no longer be Conservative Party leader and a leadership contest will formally begin on Monday to replace her. Outgoing Editor in Chief Thomas Sherlock reflects on May’s tenure and her legacy.

Why the next Tory leader should accept classic conservatism anew

By Alexander Black Theresa May will resign on the June 7 triggering a leadership contest which will elect a leader who will ultimately have to bring the Conservative and Unionist Party back to its roots. They will have to answer one key question many have been unable to properly define under May’s premiership. This is:Continue reading “Why the next Tory leader should accept classic conservatism anew”

Varsity 2019: A Remainer’s Consideration of the Cons of the European Union

By Allen Wesson (Politics and Economics student at University of Surrey) Due to the current climate in the UK I am left wondering if this spell of warmer weather is a cruel trick played by the Gods to send more Patriotic Brexiteers to British holiday destinations this year, knowing full well that whatever happens onContinue reading “Varsity 2019: A Remainer’s Consideration of the Cons of the European Union”

Independence Day

By Thomas Sherlock It’s 1981 all over again…kind of. Instead of the ‘Gang of Four’ (4 MPs who broke away from Labour to form the Social Democratic Party in 1981), there is a ‘Magnificent Seven’. Angela Smith, Ann Coffey, Chris Leslie, Chuka Umunna, Gavin Shuker, Mike Gapes and Luciana Berger have resigned from the LabourContinue reading “Independence Day”

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