PMQs sketch 4th March – “Cause tonight is the night when two become eight”

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor PMQs began with both leaders arguing about how many immigrants are entering the UK. The assumption appears to be we that don’t want more people in the country, if that’s the case then both parties have failed; the Conservatives more recently. Luckily both leaders’ were saved by Farage, who had used his flagship speech earlier in the day to scrap his proposed 50,000 quota, and now looks as confused as everyone else, about immigration control....

Vlog: UPyD and Ciutadans

Today's vlog will be about two new and complementary groups in Spanish politics, the Union, Progress, and Democracy grouping and the Ciutadans or Citizens party. In this edition of this vlog, I'll be analysing who these are, how they came about, the key personalities within these groups, the differences between these groupings, and the effect they will have on Spanish politics, both at a national and regional level. 

Pensioners “Unseen and Unheard” by Major Political Parties

New research has revealed three-quarters of people aged over 60 believe they are "unseen and unheard" by the major political parties in a damaging blow to all concerned in the upcoming General Election. The report, released by Churchill Retirement Living, found just eight per cent of the 1,000 respondents are happy with how the government is treating our older generation and trust in politicians is slipping to an all-time low. More than half of respondents describe themselves as ‘frustrated’ about how they...

Still Waiting: Orgreave Justice 30 Years On

By Dr Katy Shaw  The Battle of Orgreave was one of the most violent and iconic moments of the 1984-5 UK miners’ strike. On 18 June 1984, a sunny summer’s day in Yorkshire, around 4000 miners clashed with around 8000 police outside a British Steel coking plant. Official police video accounts of the day show miners being directed into a field on site, before a violent confrontation ensued. Images of police officers on horse-back attacking miners on foot have since...

(Re) Writing the 1984-5 UK Miners’ Strike: Poetry and Politics 1985-2015

By Dr Katy Shaw This week marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the 1984-5 UK miner's strike. The strike was the defining industrial conflict of the post-war years in the UK. It began as a dual battle of revenge and replication as both factions, fueled by memories of their 1972/4 struggles, sought to rectify or revive past results. The ascension to power of the Left in the NUM signalled by the election of National Union of Miners (NUM)...

Radicalizing Jihadi John

By Michael Duffy In the aftermath of the unveiling of Islamic State (IS) spokesman and executioner dubbed ‘Jihadi John’ as Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, it became apparent that he had been on the radar of the intelligence services for some time, and that harassment by these services could have fuelled his descent into extremism. The man in question whom made these allegations is Asim Qureshi, a research director at CAGE an independent advocacy organisation which focuses on the war on...

Parliamentary sketch 25th Feb – Miliband McFlys into Cameron

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor Ed was dashing, daring and decisive, I expected him to pull his face mask off and reveal his brother. But no, this was all Ed, he reminded me of (if you are not a Robert Zemeckis fan, see you in the next paragraph/article) George McFly in Back to the Future, who somehow manages to turn from weakling to hero, knocking out his bullying nemesis Biff Tannen. Today, Miliband used every question to get the PM...

Is it ok to use your Instagram Feed as a Day-to-Day Food Diary?

By Jonathan Hatchman Since its launch back in 2010 the photo-sharing social network Instagram has increasingly become a hub for users to share streams of food related posts, for better or for worse, sparking plenty of debate both in favour and against the culinary takeover. It’s clear to see that the app has become a utopia for “foodies” and hipsters from across the globe to show off their eating habits for the whole World to see, with a stream that hosts millions...

Improvement Needed to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence

By Siobhan Weare, Expert on domestic violence from Lancaster University’s Law School Measures to protect victims of domestic abuse have featured prominently in the news recently, and any steps taken to address the issue and offer increased legal protection for victims are welcome. But, there still needs to be improvements in both the police and the criminal justice system’s responses to domestic abuse and increased investment in the support services which are so valuable to victims. A recent report by...

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