On 24th June 2016, the United Kingdom awoke to the news that it had decided to withdraw from the European Union. In a decision that shocked markets and pollsters, a majority of voters in a referendum decided that the nations’ prosperity would be better assured by forging its own path, independent of the European project.
Five reasons why the UK Budget was bad news for under-25s:
1) Student maintenance grants will be scrapped and replaced by loans from the academic year of 2016/17. This means that students will be straddled with more debt and those from a low socio-economic background be forced to take out this loan to meet basic living costs.
London Pride organisers have reversed their decision to allow UKIP to participate in this year’s event. UKIP is an unsuitable organisation to participate with its very recent past of opposing LGB&T equality; and its marginalisation and demonisation of immigrants, which cannot be supported by anyone truly committed to equality. There is however the fact that there are UKIP supporters within the LGB&T community; and in order to work within areas of society where homophobia is at its worst, LGB&T organisations need a better way to engage and communicate with groups and people who are not traditional allies.
There is a curious contradiction that drives electoral success; namely, that successful political parties rarely embrace the language of ideology. Instead, they yearn to come across like ordinary people – your next door neighbour, or that bloke from down the pub. To succeed politically is to speak human. Nigel Farage knows it, with his pint-in-hand-politics, the entertaining Boris Johnson certainly knows it, the unstoppable Nicola Sturgeon knows it, and significantly for the Labour Party, Tony Blair knew it. (more…)
The UK Labour Party is in a mess. It has just got hammered by the electorate, at a time when many high-ups in the party believed (or professed to believe) that they might be on the verge of returning to power after just one term in opposition. It is a stunning psychological blow, and Labour is still reeling. (more…)
Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, has announced that he’s challenging Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. So it’s time to return to the Candidate Evaluations series, where we examine a candidate’s background, policy history, and explicit statements in an attempt to figure out whether the candidate would actually be any good at being president. Too often, no one bothers to ask these questions, focusing instead on electability or likability. Previously, I’ve covered Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton, and Marco Rubio. None of them looked especially promising. Can Sanders do better? (more…)
A form of violence against women or a legitimate career choice? That’s roughly where the two sides stand on the debate over what we should do about prostitution. Voices from the violence camp have just become louder in Scotland thanks to the launch of the End Prostitution Now campaign, which is backed by various civic organisations. (more…)
Rick Perry has joined the race for president, so here goes another candidate evaluation. I’ll be evaluating Perry’s background, policy history, and explicit statements to determine whether or not he would make a good president. I won’t be paying attention to electability or likeability, as is often common elsewhere on the web. (more…)
In the run-up to the recent general election, I was amazed at how little climate change was discussed by politicians. Understandably, politicians were keen to talk about the issues that most concerned the British public – in particular, immigration, the NHS, education and welfare benefits. Even the Green party, which has in the past been the key political voice in the UK for advocating an awareness of the environment and warning of the impacts of climate change, failed to push the subject onto the political agenda. (more…)
Rick Perry, the former Governor of Texas, has announced that he is running to be the Republican candidate for President in 2016. He said: “We have the power to make things new again. To project American strength again, to get our economy going again. And that is why today I am running for the presidency of the United States of America.” (more…)