What does Croatia bring to the EU?

Croatia celebrated joining the EU with a ceremony of fireworks at the beginning of July, amidst sceptical views from home and abroad as to whether there is any real benefit to Croatia’s membership. Although their celebrations were more modest than those of Bulgaria and Romania, the only two EU nations that are poorer than Croatia, […]

Should the age of consent be lowered?

In an article for Spiked, (http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/13604/) Barbara Hewson, a well-known barrister specialised in reproduction rights, argues that the age of consent should be lowered to ‘stop the persecution of old men’. She also wrote that, ‘Touching a 17-year-old’s breast, kissing a 13-year-old, or putting one’s hand up a 16-year-old’s skirt’ is not comparable to atrocities […]

Are university student union elections democratic?

My University has just had its Student Leader elections, where we elected our Student Union Executive, a group of students who take a year-long sabbatical in order to take up their paid positions before returning to their courses afterwards. Is the whole process democratic or even legitimate though? I’ll be commenting on the process at […]

David Miliband takes a Q and A session at the University of Nottingham

David Miliband visited the University of Nottingham today to give a Q and A to staff and students as part of an initiative run by The Centre of British Politics. Packed into one of the largest lecture halls, with photographers and microphones dotted amongst the audience, the session involved a twenty five minute discussion with […]

Will Syria follow the Arab Spring trend?

The Arab Spring is defined as the revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests which first began back in 2010. To date, rulers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen have been ousted. Syria is currently following suit but will democracy ever be established there?