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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…
Time to get real: the Government cannot fix the housing crisis. It is the housing market itself, dilapidated fixer-upper that it is, which will have the last word. But that does not have to be a bad thing. First, the housing market is not one market selling one product: renting is different from buying and buying an investment is different from buying a home. Domestic buyers want somewhere to live, overseas buyers want somewhere to park their cash. London, as…
Liberal democracies are rarely overthrown, but frequently corrupted. Vanquishing a democracy outright is difficult, and is likely to provoke fervent opposition. But you don’t need to end free elections if you can create a playing field so un-level that your opponents are highly unlikely to win. This model has become so common, in states such as Hungary, Poland and Turkey, that it has a name – ‘illiberal democracy’. It’s becoming increasingly clear that President Trump, and some of those around…
Several weeks ago, I found myself at an event held at the European Parliament Office in the United Kingdom, cornered by a half-Indian, half-Finnish member of UKIP who was brainstorming different ways I could extend my visa after graduation. It’s an odd time to be an American student in Britain. Born and raised in Washington, D.C. and a product of the American public school system, I have been delighted to undertake a master’s degree in the London School of Economics…
The last year has been a thoroughly challenging one for Britain’s higher education sector. Not only was the very notion of expertise challenged by the Brexit campaign, but the Higher Education and Research Bill is set to enter the statute book, thrusting deep reforms on our institutions. Worse still, International students have been threatened with stricter immigration rules, and applications from this vital group are down. Further compounding an already bleak situation, the latest Research Excellence Framework consultation is seeking…

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