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GE2017: Picking the wrong fights and defying expectations

Friday, June 09, 2017

This election will go down as one of the most challenging and oddest in history. After discovering eight weeks constitutes a 'snap' election it was framed as a 'back me over Brexit' by the PM. She needed a mandate to negotiate with Brussels and other parties were trying to manouever and sabotage her efforts to get the best deal for Britain.   Read more


The Left’s Foreign Policy Dilemma by Ben Campbell

Friday, June 02, 2017

Outside of world war foreign policy has rarely looked more perilous. President Putin is no longer bashful about his desire to become a ‘major player’ in the Middle East, a region where hellish fires continue to rage fiercely. NATO and Russia are playing out old Cold War grudges across the former Soviet republics, and the pressure cooker like atmosphere on the Korean peninsula has increased tenfold.   Read more


Finding Neatherland: Immigration panic, and the June 2017 election by Dr Robert Brown

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Between 2001 and 2009, exponentially increasing mass migration was encouraged as part of a ‘deliberate’ political project by Labour Party leaders and the Performance and Innovation Institute think tank to, ‘rub the Right’s nose in diversity’ and catapult Britain into multicultural modernity. So claimed Andrew Neather, a speech writer who worked for Tony Blair and the Home Office, in his now immortalised interview with the Evening Standard.   Read more


Snap Election 2017: Scotland at Stake by Gemma Forrester

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The 2014 independence referendum heightened political engagement in Scotland like never before. Despite the majority vote to remain within the United Kingdom, the question of independence continues to dominate Scotland’s political landscape.  Read more


Can the Liberal Democrats make a comeback? by Jonathan Purcell

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The leaking of Labour’s Manifesto prompted a plethora of comparisons to former Labour Party Leader, Michael Foot’s 1983 Manifesto. Whether or not comparisons are valid, this is a discussion for another day. Regardless, it certainly highlights a curiously interesting link between the two elections. After all, Michael Foot faced then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher in that election, who Theresa May has been compared to regularly since her appointment as Prime Minister. Both elections also mark a Conservative Party that has been pushing further right wing and a Labour Party that has been pushing left wing.  Read more


In an Age of Terror and Turmoil, Foreign Policy is the Key. So Why Haven’t the Conservatives given us one? by Chris Lascelles

Friday, May 26, 2017


We currently live in a world in which long-term conflicts and terrorism are capable of destabilising political structures on a global scale. The effect of the rise of ISIS, the wars in Syria and Iraq, and global terrorism upon the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote are plain to see. The only way to genuinely combat these issues is through clear, effective foreign policy. The “strong and stable” mantra doesn’t cut it here.   Read more

Labour Party Manifesto 2017: For the Many not the Few

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

To a receptive audience at Bradford University, Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party launched their manifesto for General Election 2017.  Read more


Come what May: An outsider’s perspective on the 2017 UK snap elections by Jorn Moeskops

Monday, May 15, 2017

My apologies if my message isn’t more upbeat to begin with. I am a foreigner, and I have only been living in the UK for the last year and a bit. Brexit took me by surprise, like for the many who were surprised to learn what Brexit really implies after the referendum.   Read more


Scottish Conservatism: Stoking the Constitutional Fire by Jon Adamson

Sunday, May 14, 2017

I attended one of the counts for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections in 2016 where, not uncommonly, I witnessed the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) holding onto one of their seats with a stable majority.  However, what was not common that evening was seeing the Conservative candidate’s vote share increase so much that she leapt to second position on the constituency vote.    Read more


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