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GETTING ALL GLAD-EYED

“Gladstone” somebody said again. For the eighteenth time today, here at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Glasgow, the grand old man’s name was invoked again. Would he, though, be spinning in his grave? Certainly some Lib Dem policy has … Continue reading

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“He lines up, He loses, He goes home”

After personally attacking the new Commissioner, alienating nearly every political leader in Europe and condemning the European machine David Cameron claims he “will now work with” Jean- Claude Juncker. However, the question on most people’s minds is whether the future … Continue reading

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Sudetenland 2.0

A country invades a large region of another because they claim that the region in question is comprised of people from their own nation. This is something that we have all heard before during GCSE history lessons on the lead up … Continue reading

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Should Taxpayers Fund the Monarchy in Times of Economic Hardship?

Last week the Public Accounts Committee released a report on the Sovereign Grant paid to the Queen each year calling for the Royal Household to get ‘a much firmer grip’ on its budget; but in times of austerity cuts to … Continue reading

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Can Religion and Politics make Happy Bedfellows?

In every-day life, two of the most controversial topics of discussion are politics and religion. What happens when you bring them together? Napoleon used religion to indoctrinate the French people so that he could increase his power. Consequently, the Catholic … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Republican Parties

The Republican Party of the United States has become increasingly divided between two embattled factions – the Bush-era party elite that dominates the urban northeast and the party grassroots, largely in Southern and Western states, many of whom affiliate with … Continue reading

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Thailand: Blood, Sweat and Political Fears

We in the United Kingdom think of Thailand as a peaceful place, one of good food, low cost clothes factories and the notorious ‘Full Moon’ parties. And usually these go by day to day with little or no disturbance, with … Continue reading

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Is Labour’s Relationship with the Trade Unions an Unhealthy One?

In 1900, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) held a Conference, and formed a pressure group called the ‘Labour Representation Committee’. This group quickly became a political party, and saw an unprecedented ascendancy to the upper reaches of British politics, winning … Continue reading

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Ed Miliband: Our Knight in Shining Adenoids

When Ed Miliband stepped into the shoes of leader of the Labour party, like a new-born baby, he came out kicking, screaming and trying to make an impression on the world. He didn’t. His case was not helped by the … Continue reading

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Europe’s Greatest Menace: Federalism, not Fascism

The utopian federalists in Brussels are already panicking at the thought of a surge in support for Eurosceptic political parties in this May’s European elections. Many on the European left see this as dangerous, attributing it to ignorance or lack … Continue reading

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Is a Democratic Government a Necessity for Modern Society Today?

A democratic government can be found in approximately 120 countries today, however the direction of travel in the last four years points towards freedom declining around the world. Although a democratic government is best for popular opinion being listened to … Continue reading

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Would Nationalisation put UK Rail back on Track?

The turn of the year has seen David Cameron pledge to secure the “triple lock” system for pensioners, French company Total confirm British fracking plans and, most noticeably for public transport users, a rail fare rise of 2.8% on average, … Continue reading

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Dr Osborne, the antidepressant has helped my diabetes but will it cure my cancer?

Austerity measures are policies pursued by governments to reduce the size of the budget deficit, requiring either cuts in spending, increases in taxation or both. It has always been a highly controversial topic – a demon of the past, a … Continue reading

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Is our Police Service in need of reform?

The British judicial system is widely regarded as one of the world’s best – a variant of it is used by countries such as the US, Canada, and Australia and it has set a precedent for many other legal systems … Continue reading

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Does the UK spend too much on welfare benefits?

The modern welfare state and benefits have their roots almost 500 years ago in the form of Poor Laws. These laws were made to keep the homeless population off the streets and make them work in places like factories. However … Continue reading

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