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Watch: Trumpism in Britain

Featuring Harold Stone and Dan Mulloy As the Donald Trump roller-coaster campaign graces a post-referendum UK with its presence, we should take the opportunity to reflect on where politics is heading here in Britain. This referendum has shown nationalism in its ugliest forms and reminds us that the contemptible campaign of fear by the Donald is not nearly as far from home as some of us are comfortable with. This video outlines the Trumps who reside our side of the Atlantic...

We’ve Legitimised Europe’s Right Wing Underbelly

Britain has voted to leave the European Union and the question on everyone’s mind has shifted from “what if” to “what now”. Immediately, nothing much will change. Prominent Brexiteer Boris Johnson has already called for calm and most political commentators agree that it could be some time before we see the effects of this vote materialise. But aside from the legislative details, there is something far more sinister afoot. The UK's decision to leave the EU means next to sod-all...

The EU is no Answer to Conservative Hegemony

By Babatunde Salau The hijacking of the EU referendum into a Tory civil war shows how divisive the issue is within the Conservative party. In an effort to definitively settle the issue, Cameron unleashed a eurosceptic sentiment that threatens not just his leadership, but also confidence in Brussels, as a growing portion of the European project begins to reflect on whether it is still fit for purpose. So far the race appears to be too close for Cameron's comfort, as polls show...

The EU, and my Faith in Humanity

The news agenda has been so miserable of late that it's become near impossible to find anything to be positive about. So late last week composer Nick Harvey asked Twitter to tell him things that have made people smile, and in doing so created an umbrella of loveliness amidst a downpour of dross. An accidental penis, a duck staircase and the 'Non-Prejudiced Human Hut' proved that wherever there is darkness, there is always something good to hold onto, somewhere. A much...

The Benefit of Benefits

By Sean Michael Wilson Over the last 5 years people of left wing views have been focusing a lot on how the Tories are making life worse for people in the UK. Increasing student debt, decreasing housing benefit, making welfare payments more difficult to access, etc. But certain people, of a more right wing or conservative bent, have reacted rather differently. They come up with what they may think of as hard nosed, realistic views (of a social darwinist type, that...

The Great Divorce: Politics and Truth

The Associated Press once stated it had stopped fact checking former Congresswoman Michele Bachman because it was taking up too much time. Bachmann was notorious for spouting internet conspiracy theories, unfounded claims and crazy titbits she heard from random strangers. In 2016, fact-free politics have become the norm. Donald Trump lies whenever he opens his mouth. According to Trump, refugees receive no screening, Mexico deliberately sends criminals into the US and Barack Obama is facilitating Islamic terrorism. Trump didn't invent...

Mass Shootings Are Not The Price Of Freedom

Another mass shooting, another story about how America's lax gun laws helped a killer. Orlando shooter Omar Mateen purchased his AR-15 assault rifle legally, despite the FBI's suspicions about him. Terror suspects can be placed on a no fly list but not a 'no gun' list. The AR-15 is the mass murderer's weapon of choice. It's a highly efficient killing machine. The debate about America's gun laws is long and storied but the differences between those who think common sense...

We spend 48 days having sex, so 49 people have died

By John Locke, Northern Correspondent. According to Wikifacts the average human spends 48 days of their life having sex. This is of course an average and may be less or may be more dependent on sexual activity and length of life. Think how much more a person does in their life other than have sexual relations. They work, they sleep, they eat, they laugh, they help each other, they write, they create music or art, they nurse others, they care...

Why Is British Customer Service So Bad?

"We are never going to have customer service in the UK", Jack Whitehall screamed at a Live at the Apollo gig in 2012. "They love that shit in America, but I don't want it here". He has a point. Customer service is something we Brits just don't do. According to KPMG's Customer Experience Excellence Centre US companies outperformed the UK across almost all of industry sectors, with US customers are six times more likely to have an outstanding experience than...

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