What We’re Reading: ‘Fall Out’ by Tim Shipman

By Thomas Sherlock In this comprehensive book, Tim Shipman aims to document the tumultuous events of British politics from the rise of Theresa May in July 2016 to her leadership under siege in October 2017. A follow-up to his previous book All-Out War, which covered the lead-up, campaign and immediate aftermath of the EU referendumContinue reading “What We’re Reading: ‘Fall Out’ by Tim Shipman”

European Withdrawal Bill: What Role Should Parliament Play in Brexit?

By Thomas Sherlock Currently passing through the Committee Stage is the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which is proving, somewhat unsurprisingly, controversial. Alongside the actual contents of what will be one of the most important components of Brexit, the Bill has provoked a wider debate on what exactly Parliament’s role should be in Brexit. Should ParliamentContinue reading “European Withdrawal Bill: What Role Should Parliament Play in Brexit?”

Can The Tories Win Over Young Voters?

By Thomas Sherlock As the dust settles from the general election politicians and commentators have been running wild trying to identify what exactly went wrong for Theresa May’s gambit. There have been many pieces written about the reception to the Tories’ manifesto, Labour’s strong campaign and Theresa May’s lacklustre performance, but it seems the mediaContinue reading “Can The Tories Win Over Young Voters?”

Commentary – May’s GE2017 Speech

On the 18th of April, just before 11am, Prime Minister Theresa May surprised the nation when she announced her intention to hold a general election on the 8th of June. “The country is coming together, but Westminster is not” were her words and she made clear her reasoning for a 2017 general election being theContinue reading “Commentary – May’s GE2017 Speech”

The Fall of an Empire

By Daniel Atherton Comparing the demise of the European Union to the collapse of the Roman Empire. “A rising power on the peripheries in the North East, an overreliance on imported labour, a faltering economy, the rise of an inhumane enemy from the Levant, overexpansion, political instability, corruption within constituent members, the loss/lack of a uniting identity,Continue reading “The Fall of an Empire”

The Politics of Fear is everywhere – how can we stop it?

By Emma Temple If there is one thing that binds together humans, politically or otherwise, it is a resounding fear of the unknown. Fear is the ultimate mechanism for control and as such is a primary feature of the discourse both within international relations and domestic politics. To combat this requires a significant overhaul ofContinue reading “The Politics of Fear is everywhere – how can we stop it?”

Populism-What’s the Problem?

By Thomas Sherlock We live in the age of populism, or so it seems. Populism has been used to describe the vote for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump last year, and is now being ascribed to Le Pen in France and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands. In all these situations the term isContinue reading “Populism-What’s the Problem?”