The government needs to stop patronising us

Parliament. Not that parliament, the Youth Parliament. You’d be forgiven for not really knowing much about it. In theory, a parliament run by young people dealing with issues sounds like an excellent idea. Surely having a bunch of GCSE students decide on the new GCSE system is better than having Michael Gove sitting in his…

Paris is the tragic symptom of a wider problem

The deplorable events which took place last night need no restatement. They were repugnant and any kind of point these terrorists wished to project was automatically discredited by the sheer massacre they inflicted on over a hundred innocent civilians. But upon further inspection there was no statement worth hearing from these people. After all, this is…

The fallen did not die for us to go to war

Yesterday, we saw politicians and military figures descend upon the Cenotaph for another Remembrance day memorial. They paid tributes to all the soldiers who had given their lives to protect the United Kingdom. They were brave in a way that we cannot possibly imagine, giving up their lives for us. It is correct that we…

Does the House of Lords need reform?

For those of you that haven’t been keeping up with UK politics over the last few days here’s an update on recent events. David Cameron’s announcement to cut tax credits for working families was seen as controversial for two reasons: Firstly, Mr Cameron had definitively promised not to do so in the election campaign last year….

There will be no referendum for the time being

Last year after the Scottish National Party won a surge of seats north of the border, their former leader Alex Salmond bellowed “the Scottish lion has roared this morning across the country”. And yet in a BBC interview after Thursday’s SNP party conference their current leader, and First Minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced that…

The Tories have been presented with a unique opportunity

From George Osborne’s peculiar stance to Boris Johnson’s humour laden speech, this week’s Conservative party conference has undoubtedly had many memorable moments. Most importantly, and also most fascinating of all was David Cameron’s speech. One of his passages went as such: And today, that means entering those no-go zones, where politicians often don’t dare to venture….

Immigration arguments for leaving the EU are not credible

Hello readers, I’m Oscar, a friend of Aditya’s and I’ve recently accepted an offer to submit for the website. I’ll be writing similar articles to his, and I look forward to some lively and interesting discussions on politics and current affairs. Below is an article I wrote a while ago about the immigration based arguments…

What does the future hold for the Liberal Democrats?

This May, the Liberal Democrats recorded their worst ever election result since their formation in 1988. It’s odd to think that little over 5 years ago,  just after the first debate in the run up to the 2010 election, this was the party which was neck and neck with Labour when it came to the popular…

A new age

Yesterday, the Labour Party voted resoundingly to elect Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran left winger whom many had thought would be the first to drop out in what has been a  leadership race characterised by party infighting and early dropouts. In fact, 14 of the 36 Labour MPs (one of which was Corbyn himself) who endorsed him…

Europe must respond to the migrant crisis by opening up, not closing down

Hi Everyone, I’m Sahil from theforeignmonde.wordpress.com and I’m guest posting today. I’d love to hear anything you have to say. If you’re interested, my blog has articles about the EU; Jeremy Corbyn and the wider world in general. ________________________________________________________________________ Europe is the place of my dreams – a continent steeped in culture; history and liberal thought –…

Why TTIP would be bad for Europe

Most of you probably haven’t heard of the TTIP, and to be honest, I don’t blame you. While you might think there’s not really a reason why you don’t know, I’d say that certain people don’t want you to hear about it, and I’ll explain why. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is currently…

Radicalism in the UK

Little over four years ago, a series of riots broke out across England. People are still debating what exactly triggered this unrest on so large a scale. Often it is attributed to spending cuts, most notably the Government’s decision to treble the tuition fee cap to £9,000 per annum. Others ascribe it to classism and…