Cannabis Legislation in the UK, Put Simply

Cannabis Legislation in the UK, Put Simply

Will the United Kingdom become the next in a string of countries to take the plunge and decriminalise cannabis? That is the question on many lips as the debate about the much-maligned plant returns to the limelight in Britain. 


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Deselections, Put Simply

Deselections, Put Simply

Since 2015, calls for deselections have become louder across the political spectrum. Many hard left Labour activists are now seeking to deselect some of the moderate Labour MPs who’ve criticised Jeremy Corbyn, while some Eurosceptic Conservative Party members are aiming to deselect the pro-EU Conservative MPs who they believe are trying to disrupt the Brexit process…


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The Government Digital Transformation Strategy, Put Simply

The Government Digital Transformation Strategy, Put Simply

Since 2011 the UK government has pledged to become more “digital”. Under the administration of David Cameron, the Government Digital Service (GDS) was set up in hopes that government could realise the potential of digital technology and bring better, more responsive services to the British public. However, seven years is a long, long time in politics and developments have somewhat stifled and frustrated this digitisation process…


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The Brexit Briefing: Fudge, Champagne and Pasties

The Brexit Briefing: Fudge, Champagne and Pasties

“Fudging key pieces of legislation – such as the so-called ‘backstop’ on the Irish border - and avoiding other areas (including the EU’s concerns about champagne and Cornish pasties!), the government can tick-off another week on their Brexit calendar as we count down to the UK’s exit in March 2019.” Joseph Perry summarises the last two weeks of Brexit events.


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US withdrawal from UNHRC, Put Simply

US withdrawal from UNHRC, Put Simply

“The United States’ rejection of multilateralism came to a flashpoint on Tuesday when Washington announced that it would withdraw from the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council, labelling it a “cesspool of political bias”.” Will Fawcett explores the reasons behind the US withdrawal from the UNHRC.


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US Supreme Court and Religious Freedom

US Supreme Court and Religious Freedom

“It is unclear what implications this will have for future cases; by avoiding a one size fits all ruling the court has in effect demanded that all sides go home and work out policy accommodations at both the state and the local level.” Megan Field explores the implications of a recent Supreme Court ruling for religious freedom.


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People Behind the Policy: Christopher Wylie

People Behind the Policy: Christopher Wylie

“Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, data privacy is an increasingly in-demand product, an essential part of everyone’s business and personal future. Lucky for me, Christopher Wylie, equally well-known (it seems) for his pink hair as the Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower, is here.” Guinevere recounts Wylie’s views on data privacy and its implications for democracy.  


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Localism: Bringing the Politics Out of Westminster

Localism: Bringing the Politics Out of Westminster

"Politics shouldn’t just be about soundbites delivered with a shot of the Houses of Parliament in the background; it should be about engaging people in politics at a local, grass-roots level." With only a few dyas to go until local elections in the UK, we revisit Richard Wood's analysis from our manifesto - 10 Steps to a Better Democracy - on how to bring politics out of Westminster. 


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How Fake News Took Over Social Media - And What’s Being Done

How Fake News Took Over Social Media - And What’s Being Done

“The roots of the problem run deeper than fake accounts, stemming instead from a period of change and conflict in global politics, as well as social media design that amplifies people’s fears.” Charlotte Spencer-Smith delves into the impact of Fake News.


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Historical Reflections: The Blair Years

Historical Reflections: The Blair Years

Tony Blair’s decade in power will always be defined by the Iraq War. However, the former PM’s tenure was filled with domestic and international change. Did the ‘Third Way’ achieve anything of note?


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The ANC’s most controversial figures: Jacob Zuma and Winnie Mandela

The ANC’s most controversial figures: Jacob Zuma and Winnie Mandela

"So far in 2018, there have been two momentous events that have shaken South Africa: February brought the stepping down of long-term corrupt leader Jacob Zuma, and April the death of the liberator of South Africa’s former wife, Winnie Mandela." Michelle Blick analyses the two figures. 


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Airstrikes against Syria, Put Simply

Airstrikes against Syria, Put Simply

"Thus, while the Air Strikes may have been successful in terms of effectively voicing condemnation towards the use of chemical weapons, the true impact of the military action will only be defined by the future developments that occur within Syria…." Marykate delves into the recent airstrikes in Syria. 


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Violent crime: a public health issue? 

Violent crime: a public health issue? 

"2018 has been defined as a year of crime for London; since 1st January, over 50 people have been killed in a spate of violent attacks, sparking a national conversation about what has caused such a shift." Megan Field delves into the issue of violent crime in the capital. 


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Historical Reflections: The Brown Era

Historical Reflections: The Brown Era

Gordon Brown's time at Number 10 was short but turbulent. Though he had been working closely with Tony Blair since 1997, nothing could prepare him for the Financial Crisis he inherited. Find out about that, and much more besides, here:


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What is 'post-truth'?

What is 'post-truth'?

"Post-truth is a term that exploded into public dialogue in 2016, became the backdrop for major political changes like the election of Donald Trump to the White House and Brexit, and has remained in common parlance ever since." Karl Dudman analyses the phenomenon of post-truth politics. 


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British Youth Council Awards

British Youth Council Awards

TalkPolitics has recently been awarded the ‘Innovation,’ ‘Youth-Led’ and ‘Project' award by the British Youth Council. Read more about the team's reactions and other recent changes here. 


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Labour’s anti-Semitism row, Put Simply

Labour’s anti-Semitism row, Put Simply

"Jeremy Corbyn, who otherwise seeks to cultivate an image of inclusivity and equality, must move quickly to retain his moral and political authority." Megan delves into the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. 


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