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…

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….

The Iran deal is progressive, not regressive

Last week’s United Nations General Assembly epitomised current relations between the USA and Iran. The handshake between Barack Obama and Mohammad Javad Zarif was the first between a US president and Iran’s top diplomat since 1979. But whilst it marked an historic step forward in Western-Iranian relations, it was nonetheless met with hostility from religious…

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….

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…

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…

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 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…