Centre Write
Centre Write
It is vital that as many eligible people as possible are heard in the democratic process to ensure we build a democracy that works for everyone. The EU Referendum in June marked a historic high point in the level of democratic participation in this country, with a record 46.5 million people registered to vote. The introduction of Individual Electoral Registration has meant joining the electoral roll is faster and more accessible than ever before. It now takes just a few…
Monday, 20 March 2017 17:33

Liam Booth-Smith: In Defence of Elitism

The elitism which I defend in this essay is not the sneering sort. I don’t hold the belief that because someone is born to wealth or privilege they are ‘better’, nor do I think any race, gender or sexuality is superior to another. The elitism I believe in is meritocratic. In the words of Susan Sontag, I consider “the only difference between human beings is intelligence”. Individual exceptionalism and achievement is not a corrosive agent acting on society. It might…
Friday, 17 March 2017 10:45

James Dobson: Trust thy neighbour

2016 has been seen by many as a watershed political year: The rise of populism, the decline of the elites, and the birth of so-called ‘post-truth’ politics. First came Brexit, then the rise of Donald Trump. Commentators should be wary of linking the two results too closely. Leaving the European Union was a position supported by many sensible members of both the Conservative Party and Labour Party, while, by election day in the United States, there were almost no MPs…
“There are three types of lies,” Benjamin Disraeli is alleged to have declared, “lies, damned lies, and statistics”. One wonders what Disraeli or Mark Twain, who popularised the quotation, would have made of the current state of politics, which is filled to bursting with all three. So prevalent has ‘post-truth politics’ become, whereby people distort facts, dubiously source data, or simply make up things in order to fuel their own narrative, that the phrase was declared the Oxford Dictionary’s word…
For me, it is an honour to write about honesty in politics. From a young age I was taught by my father that honesty is an important asset to have as it gains you the respect of those you are with. Now, as a politician representing my constituents, honesty is at the core of my work: I am always ready to say what I think and believe, even if that sometimes goes against popular opinion. I am fascinated by the…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 17:57

Sam Hall: Rebels with a cause

Young people were always the true anti-establishment rebels. Kicking against the authority of their parents. Questioning the norms of earlier generations. Challenging vested interests. But in the era of Brexit and Trump, this has changed. Anti-establishment sentiment is now associated with older, working class voters. Young people, instead, seem to be choosing the status quo options: Remain and Hillary Clinton. So what has happened to the anti-establishment activism of the young? With climate change, young people still reveal their rebellious…
Liberals have long loudly and proudly advocated for diversity. It should probably please us then that during the awards season just gone that the issue was high on the agenda once again. At the Grammys, Adele saw off Beyoncé for some the major awards, including Best Album, with a large number of people citing the controversial and racial issues raised by the latter as one of the reasons she did not triumph. Speaking to CNN.com, Kevin Powell, who is the…
The most basic classroom lesson on the European Union in Britain usually begins as such: following two World Wars, France wanted to contain Germany’s military power. In the name of creating solidarity between the two countries, France tied Germany’s economy to its own by establishing the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952. With Germany’s market incorporated with France, it would make little economic sense for Germany to wage war against France or any of its other European neighbours again.…
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. The abhorrent practice is mostly found in North-West and North-East Africa and parts of the Middle East (such as Yemen and Iraq), and within migrant communities from those countries. In the UK, the practise largely appeared during the 1970s and 1980s following increased immigration from countries in North Africa, in particular. FGM has become a significant policy priority for government in the last…
For the second time in nearly as many weeks, Trump’s administration has been rocked by allegations of fraternisation with Russia. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been caught in a lie by omission, after stating in his swearing-in ceremony that he had not met with Russians. In fact he met with ambassador Kislyak twice during the election. Although Sessions states that he did not lie, as he met with the ambassador in his Senate capacity, rather than as a member of…

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