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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A Conservative Cabinet of Chaos

The Cabinet meeting at Chequers
Source: The Independent

The Chequers agreement supposedly hailed the end to bitterly deep cabinet divisions and provided a clearer direction to Britain's negotiating stance with the EU. Such a momentous moment did not last long as the Secretary of State for Leaving the EU, David Davis, and the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, resigned from Theresa May's cabinet. Both Davis and Johnson argued that the government's proposals undermined parliamentary sovereignty where the UK would still be under the control of the EU. The government continues to be plagued with instability with a leadership struggle seemingly imminent. The resignations of two prominent Brexiteers has exposed the inability of Theresa May to deliver a Brexit deal which appeases the opposing factions of her divided party.

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Saturday, 31 December 2016

TWENTY SIXTEEN

Source: Wizard Radio
The year 2016 will be remembered as the year of political earthquakes that shook the Establishment, provoked by the anger from those who feel left behind or forgotten. With the cataclysmic events of Trump and Brexit, it is difficult to forecast how 2017 will pan out. It is easy to fear the upcoming year but it is at such difficult times that unity shall prevail. Although 2017 will be an eventful year, we should remain optimistic and hopeful for a better year.

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

The Conservative party: the party that works for everyone. Am I missing something here?

Theresa May at the Conservative Party Conference. Source: Mirror
The Tory party, notoriously known for protecting the interests of the rich and privileged in society, have somehow managed to re brand themselves as the party for the working family.
The emergence of a new populist right needs to be treated with suspicion and caution.

Theresa May's record as Home Secretary is no secret - she accepted the imposition of austerity in a period where people were already suffering financially. The argument for austerity has now almost completely diminished along with the Conservative Party's 2020 surplass target. The draconian cuts made to several welfare budgets has contributed to the general malaise felt across the country and, most likely, contributed to the revolt against the establishment with the Brexit vote - where May supposedly supported Remain. Such harmful cuts were the biggest made to government spending since WW2. The closures of A&E departments in NHS hospitals, the battle against the potentially dangerous Junior Dr's contracts and the privatisation of various sectors of the NHS were all results of the Cameron government. May, as one of the leading members of his cabinet, sat idle to such policies making her complicit in the NHS' demise. May also witnessed the rise of food banks. It is a shocking reality that thousands of British people are unable to afford the basic necessity of food. Furthermore, the decrease in benefits and the availability of benefits have also affected those who now feel 'left behind' in society. It is evident that the entire Cameron government created policies that would affect the working class and so, May's declaration that the Conservative party will be for the working family seems paradoxical.
Food Banks.
Source: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Can we remember the real meaning of the poppy?

Field of poppies.Source: Wallpapers
Remembrance Day is upon us. The time where we can quietly contemplate, remember and acknowledge the people who have lost their lives or have been impacted by war. The poppy has become symbolic of this sacrifice as it was the only sign of nature that emerged on the barren fields where soldiers fought. However, it is becoming apparent that the message of Remembrance Day has become increasingly conflicted with a nationalist rhetoric that is taking away from the meaning of the symbol.

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