Pincer Movement

The round of protests following the elections of both Trump and May seem to echo a previous time when street protesters have been harnessed, funded and egged-on in an effort to bring about political change far beyond the scope of that imagined by those protesting.

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Democracy Needs Brexit

It’s been over a year since the British electorate voted to leave the EU. The question asked was very straightforward: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” There were two possible answers: “Remain a member of

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We’ve maxed out our kid’s credit card. Can we stop now?

There is an expectation endemic throughout most of UK society that the government ought to do an awful lot of things for people. From education, to healthcare, to housing, a great many people think that if there is a ‘social’ need it is for the government

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The Dark-Side of Patriotism

Our response to patriotism has many potential pitfalls. On the one hand we are expected to stand resolute, hand on heart and sing the national anthem or be branded a pariah Jeremy Corbyn style. On the other hand displays of patriotism attract anything from patronising ‘little England’ criticism,

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You’re Not Thinking of Capitalism At All

Let’s make one thing absolutely clear. In capitalism working people exchange money for value. They pay for goods or labour and get value in return. In socialist redistribution working people have their money taken from them by state force and that money is exchanged for…

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The Misdirection of EU Re-negotiation

What is the most plausible explanation for each administration basically continuing the same underlying theme regarding the EU, regardless of party? The current offer of a referendum by 2017 represents a ‘forced hand’ in response to the rising popularity of UKIP — Cameron’s show of

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UK Election Candidates ‘Ignoring the will of the people’ on the EU

In the run up to the UK elections, a month from now, we can typically expect any amount of mud slinging, challenges and counter challenges between candidates and parties. The EU referendum is perfect fodder for this with such a stark contrast between the positions

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80% of British Universities Fail Free Speech Test

Since Brendan O’Neill’s pointed essay “Free speech is so last century. Today’s students want the ‘right to be comfortable’” last November, I’ve been more aware of how conformist today’s student really can be when it comes to the party line handed down from above. I

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England and Wales Grows Biometric Surveillance of Innocent Citizens

The simple fact is that if your mugshot is held on a police database in England or Wales, your face could be one of 18 million that have been uploaded to a biometric facial recognition database. What is most concerning, however, is that an undisclosed

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EU Proposes Satellite Tracked Road Tax

The Daily Express reported this week that “European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc wants a standardised driving tax across all EU member states. Vehicle owners would be charged for every mile driven under a high-tech scheme based on satellite-tracking systems.” In the report Ms Bulc argues