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Opinion

The Breakdown of Our Political Discourse

“If you are to truly believe that your political opposition is composed of bad actors with evil motivations then you effectively disqualify any chance of even starting a conversation in good faith. The attribution of unscrupulous motives to somebody is not to simply say that they are wrong, but that they could in fact never be right” (Read More)

Opinion

A Dangerous Rhetoric

“The World Wars taught us that we cannot afford to negate diplomacy and allow the endless escalation of aggression in place of diplomacy and rationale. Now that we are in a world that has nuclear weaponry and technological advances that pose real existential danger how can we possibly justify using petty point scoring language and aggression in place of real negotiation” (Read More)

Arts & Culture

Ravan Kiani: The Ex-Muslim Poet

“Ravan Kiani encourages people of multifaith and non-faith to explore the intricacies of what it means to lose everything when you reject god. Having attracted more than 400 followers, the account requires much more support in its message of inclusivity, love, human rights and civil liberty.” (Read More)

Europe

Moscow and Brussels: A Tale of Two Cities

“As the Russia investigation into Trump continues across the Atlantic, there are reasons to believe a similar situation could play out in Europe as the foundation of democracy is ‘chipped away’ by Russian interests. There may come a time when a similar public investigation(s) is carried out on this continent.” (Read More)

Europe

The Conservative Party cannot be saved

“I have always admired the aims of groups like Bright Blue who seek to modernise the Conservative Party towards a new, more moderate message. However, this pursuit, noble as it is, is ultimately futile. The Conservative Party cannot be saved and this has become more and more evident as time has gone on, subsequently resulting in a crisis of alienation and despair for the right.” (Read More)

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World Politics

Where are the political spouses these days?

To be an example of something ordinary and relatable is precisely what ‘the alternative’ third way doesn’t need. Populism doesn’t require ‘ordinary’ because it often hinges on one individual who holds the gravitas and sway to make the unpopular and unthinkable the new mainstream. No one has any need to know about the marriages of Nigel Farage or Alex Salmond because it bursts their messianic, single-issue singularly of purpose and the anecdotal novelty which props it up. (Read More)

World Politics

American politics and the quiet deference

…The UK on the other hand treats US politics with an imperial deference. It is at once all encompassing but goes into nowhere near as much detail as you might expect from a country as fixated as us on the romance of Washington. If you are to commit to hypocrisy at least do it well; saturate the British press and social media with every minutia of congressional humdrum and follow through. (Read More)

Art: Churchill by Paul Don Smith / Hanbury Street. England / Picture: Sara Kelly
Scotland

Churchill won’t be British after a ‘yes’ vote

Whether it be the Queen or the BBC, Yes Scotland have attempted to present unassailable guarantees that with independence the sun will still rise, Strictly Come Dancing and Doctor Who will still be on TV, and a ‘social union’ with our ‘closest friends’ will operate across the British Isles. But will it really endure? (Read More)

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Brexit

Do you know how the EU works?

Democracy in all its forms is delightful. One flick through the news channels is enough to see that millions are still denied the right to vote because of strife, repression or fear. But democracy relies on the electorate making as informed a choice as possible. If knowledge is power, then I worry that all political parties have missed a beat with Europe.

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Scotland

It’s time to bring history into the referendum debate

For most of those 307 years Scotland was an equal partner in the British Empire. When considering then the case for independence, “can we seriously pretend”, as Jeremy Paxman asks in his book ‘Empire’,” that a project which dominated the way that Britain regarded the world for so many hundreds of years had no lasting influence on the colonizers, too?” (Read More)