Thoughts after Iowa

In the wake of the Iowa caucuses, 4 candidates for president have already suspended their campaigns (namely Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum and Martin O’Malley). This has only been the beginning of what will be a long and arduous presidential campaign, but this year’s Iowa caucus in particular has surprised many. Journalist Greg Giroux…

Why Government Mass Surveillance needs to change, now

“You need the haystack to find the needle.” – Former National Security Agency Director General Keith Alexander Government surveillance today is all about exploiting the idea of surveillance for spying purposes. Today governments have been seen to be adding useless data about their people and calling this “surveillance”. Adding irrelevant data about all of the…

The rise of China and its consequences

“China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon was correct with his prognosis made over 200 years ago – China is no longer sleeping she is awakening, she has not yet fully awoken and thus is yet to reach full economic and…

America’s religious right is destroying the GOP

It seems that nowadays everyone has an opinion on the Republican Party. In fact, how could you not when you look at its current state? You have Donald Trump leading the pack and dominating the headlines by making bombastic remarks, while on the other end of the spectrum you have people like John Kasich who are willing…

2015: The political year reviewed

As the year is drawing to a close, it is only right that we look back and reflect on everything that has happened since January. In the runup to the general election, there was a tense time where the hot political issue being debated was how political issues should be debated. Cameron refused to take part without…

Ted Cruz is dangerous

As Ben Carson and Marco Rubio’s  poll numbers begin to dwindle, commentators are now beginning to point at Ted Cruz as the favourite to usurp Donald Trump and become the Republican Party’s nominee elect. If this is the case, and (in the highly unlikely case) if he goes on to win the presidency, all it spells…

The unsurprising popularity of Donald Trump

With recent Republican polls placing Trump once again on top, his popularity continues to increase. Trump’s rise seems to signal a fundamental change in the American populous, with his voters split between those who want him to damage/change American politics, and those who truly believe in his policies. One key reason for his increased support…

A new hope?

Marco Rubio. Even if you’ve been following the 2016 election, you could be forgiven for not quite knowing who he was a few weeks ago. After all, in a large Republican field containing heavyweight personalities like Donald Trump it’s difficult to get a good glimpse of anyone else. If you don’t know who he is now…

Is a Biden run good?

Joe Biden, a two time runner for Democratic presidential nominee and current Vice President has recently been tipped to run for President a third time. A Biden run would add more uncertainty to what is already turning out to be a pretty heated Democrat race. If you thought Hillary Clinton’s campaign is withering and Bernie Sanders’…

Dispelling myths about the Death Penalty

In the USA, a debate continues to rage on about the merits of retaining or repealing the death penalty. This can be seen on a federal level, with 31 states that continue to have one, and 19 which do not. In the past 8 years, 7 states have stopped using the death penalty, highlighting the…

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…

Lincoln who?

Lincoln Chafee is running for President of the United States of America next year. If you thought Jim Webb and Martin O’Malley were polling poorly for the Democratic party nomination, Chafee takes it to a whole new level. Many polls have him on 0%, albeit with a low sample of voters. So why is he lagging…