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How empathetic can anyone truly be with all the tragedies in this world?

25 Jul , 2016  

Nice, Orlando, Brussels, Istanbul, Baghdad, anywhere, you name a place and there has been a tragedy and we’re often told just how terrible such attacks are, especially if they take place in the West, but how much do we really feel it and how much should we really care? Pundits and academics often talk about […]

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 18, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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Is the system rigged against a Corbyn led Labour Party?

25 Jul , 2016  

Jeremy Corbyn is in poll position to win the Labour leadership contest and thus retain his position at the head of the party, which many hope will put to bed the argument presented by the Labour-right that the MP for Islington is unelectable and cannot win the next general election. Corbyn looks defiant and has declared […]

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#BlackLivesMatter France: The death of Adama Traoré

22 Jul , 2016  

“All Those of you who care about national unity should peek at Beaumont sur Oise and the death of Adama Traoré, the fracture is there and it’s wide open” – French journalist Claude Askolovitch. Askolovitch is one of the few journalists from a mainstream media outlet to note that the death of Adama Traoré, a young black […]

Medical University graduates throw up mortarboards during the celebration of their graduation in Minsk...Medical University graduates throw up mortarboards during the celebration of their graduation in Minsk, June 27, 2014. More than one thousand doctors left the university this year.   REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (BELARUS - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY HEALTH)

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University is increasingly a luxury only the elite can afford

22 Jul , 2016  

British education was free up until 1998, before being raised to around £1000 per year, albeit with means tested schemes making it free for children from lower income households. Then in 2003 fees were raised to £3000 per year, before in 2010 it was tripled to £9000, meaning that students undertaking a three year course would be […]

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As party politics fails, we should consider prefigurative democracy

21 Jul , 2016  

“We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.” – Laozi To say there’s been some major developments in party politics following the EU referendum result is an understatement. In the last month alone we’ve seen Theresa May succeed a battered and bruised David Cameron only to […]

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Kelvin MacKenzie, The Sun and hate speech in the British press

19 Jul , 2016  

Kelvin MacKenzie, the man who helped instigate the Hillsborough cover-up, a man who shouldn’t be allowed to have a job in media, has made headlines again by questioning why Channel 4 used a reporter in a hijab to head up their coverage of the attack in Nice. MacKenzie asked in his vile Sun column: “Was it […]

Nuclear submarine HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, Scotland following a patrol.

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This is what you could buy instead of replacing Trident

18 Jul , 2016  

Politicians today will debate renewing Trident, the UK’s nuclear defense system. Despite the passionate arguments against the move by Green and Scottish MPs (where nuclear missiles are located) the debate is likely to result in further continuation of the program. Since its establishment in 1994 the program has seen rising costs to UK taxpayers, with […]

The Trident nuclear submarine HMS Victorious is pictured near Faslane in Scotland.HMS Victorious was the second of the four ballistic missile submarines to emerge from the Devonshire Dock Hall in Barrow, where she was officially 'launched' on 29 September 1993. Based at Clyde Naval Base, HMS Victorious' is continuing the Royal Navy's proud record of over 40 years of uninterrupted nuclear deterrence, as at least one of the four 'bombers' is on patrol at any time.

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MPs will vote to renew Trident, despite it being useless

18 Jul , 2016  

Later today the UK’s 650 MPs will decide what to do with the nation’s nuclear weapons system, and despite the SNP wanting to rid Scotland of such literal ticking time bombs, and some Labour MPs supporting full nuclear disarmament, it is clear the nukes will stay, whatever the cost. And the cost is important given […]

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New Labour, the NEC and their disdain for democracy

18 Jul , 2016  

Labour Party members voted in record numbers for Jeremy Corbyn back in September, giving him a huge 60% of the vote, but their views have been trampled upon by a select few MPs, who have been, for the best part of ten months, hell-bent on removing Corbyn and wrestling power back off of the party’s growing membership […]

SOUTH SHIELDS, ENGLAND - APRIL 30:  UK Independence Party (UKIP) Leader Nigel Farage answers questions from the media as he canvasses for votes in the South Shields local elections on April 30, 2013 in South Shields, England. The UK Independence party leader, Nigel Farage, said that his party faced "one or two teething problems" with its 17000 candidates for Thursday's local elections after the suspension of UKIP candidate Alex Wood, who was photographed making a Nazi salute.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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What use is Ukip post-Farage and outside the EU?

16 Jul , 2016  

Despite never holding an elected position within the UK, Nigel Farage became, and arguably still is, one of the most influential and well known figures within the British political system. Such was Farage’s ability to generate polemics and thus TV audiences and article readership, he was given a platform which far outweighed his fairly insignificant […]