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Protesting For What?

Protests in central London in response to the unexpected result of the British General Election have attracted condemnation – as well as enthusiastic professions of solidarity – in recent days. The vandalisation of a Second World War memorial during the “anti-austerity march” was met with outrage from most. And yet...

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As Prime Minister does Cameron really have a mandate?

I’ll admit straight off the mark; I’m a bit of a leftie, and a lot of my friends are lefties too. Since the Conservative majority was announced my Facebook news feed has been abuzz with anger. I am no natural ally of David Cameron but from the way anti-Tories have...

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Neo-Liberalism Part II: Not Safe For Work (NSFW).

Why doesn’t the world change? Generally, the public does not support Neo Liberalism. More accurately, the general public is not interested in mainstream politics because it’s so boring! Why is that? It’s simple. All the main parties are the same. I’m not exaggerating. Even the Labour party leader, (now ex-leader),...

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When did Britain get scared so easily?

I had been awake for 28 hours and 23 minutes as of this sentence. Polls hadn’t closed yet but the results are clear. The Conservative party have won a majority. It would seem that only Cameron himself managed to predict this result, while the media insisted he wouldn’t be able...

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The Election and Cameron: The paradox of why less was more.

The outcome of all elections including the politically and potentially historically significant General Election 2015, hinge on a multitude of factors. History, the economy, the social make up of a society, personality, and the media are to name but a few. The 2015 General Election was without a doubt a...

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Talking to Strangers: Thoughts on Voting

You know when you’re waiting for a bus or in-line at a Starbucks? And you see that familiar face you see every time you’re there? Have you ever wanted to talk to them but you were too shy or thought you may look like a lunatic for doing so? Well...

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10 days to go…

In 10 days, there will be no more door knocking, no more debates and no more election broadcasts. In 10 days, the general election will have ended, yet we still may not know which parties will make up our government. Yes, parties. You’ve probably heard it before, if you haven’t,...

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Nepal’s Earthquake: Learning the Lessons from the Past

Saturday saw the biggest earthquake in Nepal’s 80-year history. In less than a day, the death toll has more than doubled, now expected to be in the region of 2,500 (and rising). The 7.8 magnitude quake affected 5 countries from India to China and also triggered an avalanche on Mount...

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Who will you sell your soul to?

In the past week or so the Labour party have made increasingly large amounts of noise about how they will not deal with the SNP in the event of a hung parliament, which all polls suggest there will be. So in 2015 we will likely be seeing a Conservative or...

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Why is no one talking about poverty?

Over the past few weeks the news has been consumed with debates about the root causes of violent and extreme behaviour oversees. Most notably the actions of Mohammed Emwazi (or Jihadi John). CAGE argue that his extremism was accelerated by the interventions and prejudicial actions of the security services. The...