Does immigration help or harm the UK economy?

In light of the recent Calais migrant crisis, I thought it would be appropriate to delve into finding out whether the UK’s current level of immigration can be sustained, and if immigrants are generally giving more than they take. So, let’s get one thing out of the way. Net migration into the UK is increasing….

The resurgence of Socialism: Valuable or Vile?

A recent poll has highlighted how the youth and young adults are significantly more supportive of socialism than their older counterparts. This feeling, compounded by the rise of two pro-socialist candidates in the UK and US leads me to believe socialism is making a comeback of sorts. How long this trend will last is another question, but…

The rise of Jeremy Corbyn.

In my previous post on Labour’s leadership campaign, I mentioned 3 people who were running for the post. Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, and Liz Kendall. Little did I know that minutes before the deadline, a man by the name of Jeremy Corbyn would slip onto the ballot. Many of the people who nominated him did…

Free Schools and their mixed ramifications.

The idea of a ‘free school’, one which was vigorously championed by Michael Gove during his time as Secretary of State for Education, has attracted both a great deal of critics and plaudits. So what exactly are they and what’s the fuss? These are schools propped up by the government yet are not controlled by a…

The detrimental nature of the London Tube Strike.

A newly qualified tube driver starts on a salary of £49,673 a year. This can rise after five years to anything between £50,000 to £60,000. Tube drivers get 15 more days annual leave than a teacher (43 as opposed to 28), work almost 20 hours less a week (36/55.7), and have a starting salary which…

Why I’m skeptical of votes at 16.

Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece. Please don’t take my word for everything I say. You can disagree with it. Anyone can. These are some of the points I often hear when discussing votes at 16. “It’ll reduce alienation among the youth” “It’ll increase turnout” “Citizenship classes are compulsory in the UK so people are…

Rebuilding Labour after the General Election; an impossible task?

This month’s UK General Election swung decisively towards the Conservative Party, where they gained 331 out of 650 constituencies, winning a slender majority. Polling right up till election day put the incumbent Conservatives and their opposition Labour virtually neck and neck. In fact, bookies made Ed Miliband the odds on favourite to reach Downing Street…

Europe’s current situation should be a cause for concern.

In only 3 years [2010-13] approval of the EU from nations such as Greece and Spain have halved. It’s a bit of a sombre way to start an article but hey, I didn’t come up with these figures. It’s the world we live in. Only a few months ago in the Greek Elections, Golden Dawn,…