Why Today’s Informal Coalition With The DUP Spells The End Of The United Kingdom

Today, the DUP entered into an astonishing £1.5bn confidence and supply coalition with the Conservatives, propping up their Government. With £1bn worth of new money and £500m worth of flexibility in current expenditure said to be freed up for Northern Ireland, I can’t help but wonder whether this spells the end for the United Kingdom. No. Seriously. How Are The DUP In The Driving Seat? There is only one reason that the DUP are in the position that they are in, and that is that neither Labour nor The Conservatives can penetrate Northern Ireland. Local concerns are in the forefront […]

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Why The Left/Right Spectrum Fails To Capture Modern Political Division

It is tradition in British politics for both lefties and conservatives to put each other into neat little boxes – Corbynista, Tory, Pinko, Rightist. However, in recent times the lines between these convenient labels have blurred, to the point where they are simply no longer accurate. The left/right spectrum doesn’t work. Clearly, the Brexit vote was not a matter of the left vs the right. Of course, the outcome was partly the result of a disenfranchised populate who felt like sticking it to the establishment. But more than this the Leave campaigners were successful because they played on the genuine […]

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The UK’s Critical Issues Revealed In Today’s Social Mobility Report [Article]

Today, The Social Mobility Commission (an advisory public body) has published a social mobility report, which outlines that 48 per cent of people think that our parents and our backgrounds determine what we manage to achieve in society. Only 32 percent of us think that society gives everyone a fair shot. In fact, over half of young people think that they are held back by the cards they were dealt at birth. The findings of the report (which can be found here) elude to the ever-deepening geographical divide that cleaves our country in two. London, characteristically, is seen as the […]

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The 3 Most Likely Politicians To Succeed Theresa May

It seems like Theresa May has no intention of stepping down as leader of the Conservatives because of the Election result. However, as is often the case in Politics, the decision may not be left up to her. After a disappointing campaign followed by equally disappointing results, many are now questioning her right to be the leader of our country. Nevertheless there are plenty of capable candidates ready to step up to the mark, so who is most deserving? And who do the bookies have as odds on favourite?   Boris Johnson As Conservative Leader   Beaten to the top […]

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Hung Parliament 2017 – Why It’s Bad, And What Government Can Do Next.

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The UK Election has officially run its course, and Theresa May’s Conservative Party has failed to retain a majority in the House of Commons. Although the Conservatives have ‘won’ the election (they achieved the greatest number of seats), they have failed to gain a parliamentary majority, which stands at 326 seats out of the total 650 MPs in the United Kingdom. This is what is known as a hung parliament. So, what does a Hung Parliament mean for the UK? Firstly, it is important to note that the major parties have three options available to them in these first few […]

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