A return to the city of kites and crows

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“When the kite builds, look to your lesser linen” Shakespeare wrote (A Winter’s Tale; Act 4, scene 3) in reference to the red kite’s habit of stealing washing that had been hung out to dry, perhaps something he experienced himself as kites were very common in London at the time. With the bird going extinct… Continue Reading ➤

What is Alt-Right Culture? From Marinetti to 4chan

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**Content Warning: Discussion of racism and anti-Semitism as well as some mention of terrorism and Nazism** The far right in the United Kingdom grew primarily from Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists of the 1930s which was banned during WW2, but its roots stretch back further. [1] It was also present in the earlier ‘radical right’,… Continue Reading ➤

Will Help to Buy make your dreams of home ownership a reality?

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The Conservative’s Help to Buy scheme was their flagship policy for addressing rapidly rising prices caused by the acute housing bubble in the UK. Since it’s implementation in 2015, the government reported in 2017 that more than 100,000 homes across England had been bought under the scheme, with as much as 81% of this figure… Continue Reading ➤

The extensive use of PCBs has left Killer Whales with an uncertain future. Is this a problem humanity can fix?

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In 2017, a killer whale (oscines orca) named Lulu became tangled in fishing lines and washed up dead on the shores of Scotland’s Isle of Tiree. Her death reiterated the threat of fishing activity to marine life but also revealed a far more permanent issue that has no clear solution. Lulu’s body was found to… Continue Reading ➤

We were promised Brexit would leave us better off – Theresa May’s deal shows we were lied to.

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In the 19th century, a web of disputes concerning the relations of two duchies along the border of Denmark and the German Confederation, Schleswig and Holstein, came to epitomise the exhausting complexity of the European political landscape in that era. Lord Palmerston, perhaps Britain’s most famous Foreign Secretary, famously remarked: ‘Only three people have ever… Continue Reading ➤

In conversation with Chris Giles, Economics Editor for the Financial Times: Britain, Brexit and the Budget

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Following the announcement on Wednesday evening that Mrs. May had finally agreed a draft withdrawal deal, the attention of the nation has been on the response of the Cabinet. Thursday saw the resignation of a number of senior ministers, including the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab, who claimed that he… Continue Reading ➤

What does ‘success’ mean in UK economic policy? A report on the panel discussion organised by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

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The Bennett Institute for Public Policy launched in 2018, as a research body attached to the University of Cambridge. The institute seeks to combine current research in technology, natural sciences and engineering with politics and social research in order to engage in global public policy debates. Chair: Professor Diane Coyle Panellists: Dr Patrick Diamond (Senior… Continue Reading ➤

The Fall of the ‘European Iron Lady’

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The regional election in Hessen, held at the end of October, saw the seemingly impossible – the beginning of the end of Angela Merkel. Following her party’s poor performance, she made a two-fold announcement. On the one hand, she would not be running for re-election at her annual party congress in December, where the Christian-Democrats… Continue Reading ➤

Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security under Obama, talks to The Cambridge Globalist

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The British have been obsessed with their own decline since the end of the Second World War. 1945 may have marked the beginning of the end of the British Empire, but those ‘halcyon days’ of Imperial Britain are still viewed with a rose-tinted nostalgia by many. The post-war reality – that the United States, not… Continue Reading ➤

How the US midterms will unfold, Part 2: The Senate

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Today marks one of the most important elections in modern American history. Trump’s election heralded the ascendancy of a divisive and populist kind of politics which has trampled the norms of American democracy. The outcome of today’s midterm elections could either demonstrate a swift repudiation of Trumpian politics, or rather its enduring appeal. If Trump’s… Continue Reading ➤