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The Despatch Box is a political journal published by the Royal Holloway Politics and International Relations Society, edited by Editors-In-Chief Alex Smith and PIRSoc President Scarlett Proudfoot.

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

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The New Era of the British Monarchy Has Prompted Renewed Demands for the Kohinoor Diamond To Be Returned to India. Will Britain Ever Return the Diamond?

By Olivia Singh | 3rd October 2022 The Kohinoor diamond is the largest cut diamond in the world, it has a gory history of colonial conquest and now stands as a star of the Crown Jewels. Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, there have been renewed demands made for the Kohinoor diamond to be…

Climate Migration: How the Human Impact of Climate Change Is the Next Global Crisis Waiting To Happen

By Alex Smith | 30th September 2022 With the threat of climate change causing a multitude of human impacts including driving increased food insecurity, increased exposure to disease, loss of livelihood and worsening poverty, the next global humanitarian crisis is expected to be mass migration as a result of climate change, and our current migration…

Rishi Sunak vs Liz Truss: Who Should Become the Next Prime Minister?

By Olivia Singh | 30th August 2022 Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak are the final two candidates in the race to become Prime Minister. Out of the two candidates, who should become the next Prime Minister? Whilst Sunak was Chancellor of the Exchequer during the pandemic, he protected the jobs of millions of Britons by…

Is this the beginning of the end for Boris Johnson?

By Thomas McLinden | 2nd February 2022 It can be quite safely assumed that Boris Johnson’s tenure has been nothing short of dull. The electrifying, unavoidable presence of Johnson in Number 10 is the final piece to the melodrama entitled Boris Johnson’s political career. Having swooped to the rapturous applause of Brexiteers by bearing the…

UK Terrorism Threat Level Raised to “Severe”

Urging the public to be “alert but not alarmed”, Home Secretary Priti Patel has downplayed the threat to the country’s national security, but Grace Rollison argues that the move should not be seen as merely a precautionary measure.

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 and…

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