Should Theresa May Trust the Polls?

By Daniel Atherton The 2015 General Election, British Referendum on the EU, and 2016 US Presidential Election all displayed conclusively that polls simply can’t be trusted. And yet, Prime Minister Theresa May is basing her newest attempt to gain a greater majority in the House of Commons, and as such a more secure route toContinue reading “Should Theresa May Trust the Polls?”

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 Death of Bipartisanship

By Malick Nythern Doucoure The Trump administration hits its 90 day landmark this Thursday and a quick glance at its scandals and achievements reveal deep divisions that will scar American politics for the next four years and unfortunately, the same could be said for the next few decades. The US Legislative branch’s de facto policyContinue reading “The Death of Bipartisanship”

What Has Motivated the Russian Youth to Protest Against Medvedev?

By Yury Polyakov Russian Domestic Politics is probably the most boring subject for all enthusiastic researchers in Russian Studies. Russian people view Vladimir Putin as the new Brezhnev because his style is similar to Brezhnev’s tactics over the Zastoy days. In other words, you can sum up Putin message as ‘Sleep tight, my beloved country’.Continue reading “What Has Motivated the Russian Youth to Protest Against Medvedev?”

The British Black Power Movement

  By Malick Nythern Doucoure Growing up in multicultural suburban London as a black male in the early 2000s, Race was never a concept at the forefront of my mind. It was only after an instance of what I believe to be racial prejudice, in which I was suspected of shoplifting and invasively physically searchedContinue reading “The British Black Power Movement”

Two Months Later: What Has Trump Actually Done?

By Thomas Sherlock No matter your political leaning, it’s safe to say the election of Donald Trump caused an almighty stir. From protestors literally wailing at his inauguration to his backers celebrating, everyone had expectations of a Trump presidency. Two months in, what has he actually done? In short, not much.

A (sarcastic) critique of “Identity Politics and the Political Spectrum”

By Peter Marshall ONLY A SITH DEALS IN ABSOLUTES -Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith There comes a point when using the wholly academic Wikipedia to make a point becomes as bad as the Reductio ad Hitlerum fallacy (saying “Yeah, but Hitler thought/did that”). Mr. Ivlev wrote a DespatchContinue reading “A (sarcastic) critique of “Identity Politics and the Political Spectrum””

Keep Calm and Carry On

By Megan Harris At first I thought it was some sick joke, created by my colleague to wind me up as I was leaving our Parliamentary office early for the afternoon. I told him to not be so stupid and to stop playing games, but panting- he had just sprinted up three flights of stairs- he insistedContinue reading “Keep Calm and Carry On”

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?”