Theresa May is now a danger to democracy

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In an international climate of growing authoritarianism, Theresa May’s statement on Wednesday could hardly have been more incendiary. Her attacks on parliamentary debate are dangerous not only for MPs who receive regular death threats, but also for democracy at home and abroad. “MPs have been unable to agree on a way to implement the UK’s… Continue Reading ➤

Seventy years on from the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), what progress have we made? – an interview with Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Kate Gilmore. Source: URG, Flickr

In both her speech at the Cambridge Union and interview with The Cambridge Globalist, one could detect a certain dissatisfaction in Kate Gilmore. Upon reflection as to UN progress after its adoption of the UDHR, Gilmore contrasts its ideals with reality, concluding, firmly, that ‘all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration’[1] have… Continue Reading ➤

Brexit hastened Honda’s departure from Swindon, but it would have happened in any case

Brian Robert Marshall / Honda dealership. West Swindon / CC BY-SA 2.0

In September 2018, Ian Howells, Honda’s highest-ranking UK executive, said that Honda’s Swindon factory would remain operational post-Brexit. However, this commitment was short lived with Honda confirming on February 19th that the plant will close in 2021. Speaking to BBC Radio 5Live last year he said: “The UK forms part of our global network of… Continue Reading ➤

Corbyn may weather the storm of the Independent Group, but he must act now if he is to retain Labour’s moral legitimacy

Jeremy Corbyn, Source: Wikimedia Commons

Harold Wilson said of the Labour Party that it is either “a moral crusade, or it is nothing”. Much of Labour’s identity lies in its moral aspirations, positioning itself in opposition to the ‘nasty’ Conservative Party. It is an effective political message, one that has attracted many voters around the world. In the eyes of… Continue Reading ➤

The Independent Group: a Grey Wave?

Luciana Berger, former Labour MP and founder of the Independent Group. Source: Flickr

Wednesday morning saw the crisis unleashed by the resignation of seven Labour MPs take a new turn. Two days after the formation of the ‘Independent Group’, amidst criticisms of Corbyn’s Brexit policy, the party’s handling of antisemitism and concerns about Labour no longer being the ‘broad church’ it had once been, Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston… Continue Reading ➤

A Place for Poetry in the Digital Age

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The power of words exists in their resonance; that is, their ability to be chained together into a product that is greater than the sum of its parts, encapsulating feelings previously intangible. The poetic titan Robert Frost accurately wrote “poetry is when an emotion has found its thought, and the thought has found words.”  As… Continue Reading ➤

There was no Golden Age- Nostalgia, Fake News, and Demagogy

British victory at Lagos in 1759, the 'Annus Mirabilis'. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Few people are immune to the allure of nostalgia, the classic desire to return to more innocent childhood days, times when things were simpler and more certain. Its effect is felt across cultures and generations. Ever since we supposedly left the Garden of Eden, humans have been trying to find it again; the allure of… Continue Reading ➤

A Broken Shame-Machine: the Shameful State of Political Shamelessness

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I can remember, years ago, possibly inspired by an early incantation of the long-running Steve Bell cartoon which depicted David Cameron as a condom, rather naively asking my father why politicians were not embarrassed, as most of us might be, to be so universally hated. He reminded me that the politicians who filled Westminster generally… Continue Reading ➤

Venezuela at Boiling Point

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What is Occurring in Venezuela? That Venezuela is a nation in crisis is not breaking news. Inflation rates reached 830,000% in 2019 (IMF), whilst an entire nation was left without medicines, basic food items or even toilet paper on the supermarket shelves. Of the 2.3 million Venezuelans who are living outside the country, 1.6 millon… Continue Reading ➤