Analysis

Untangling the Messy Relationship Between Age, Young People and Politics

Untangling the Messy Relationship Between Age, Young People and Politics

“When it comes to voting, age and young people (generally those aged 18-25), firstly data consistently indicates that young people are less likely to vote than older individuals and that the propensity to vote increases with age. The most interesting aspect of this is that this relationship is near universal.”


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British Foreign Policy: Maximising Influence in an Uncertain World

British Foreign Policy: Maximising Influence in an Uncertain World

“Pragmatism over sentiment, economic interests over ideology, and shared interests over isolationism have tended to characterise the UK’s relations overseas. British foreign policy strategies can be conceptualised as three typologies, as detailed below.”


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UN Report on UK Austerity

UN Report on UK Austerity

‘Prof Philip Alston, an expert in human rights law and rapporteur on extreme poverty, visited locations across the UK to assess levels of poverty and the effect that austerity still has on the lives of the average Brit.’ Imogen analyses the UN’s findings.


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Another Johnson Gone

Another Johnson Gone

“He has been open in his account for leaving, declaring that he couldn’t support Theresa May’s Brexit deal, and was quoted as saying it is essentially a choice “between vassalage and chaos.” Joe Monk analyses Jo Johnson’s resignation.


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The Italian Budget and the EU

The Italian Budget and the EU

Lega and Five-Star are standing at a combined approval rating of 60%. Both Salvini and Maio have wanted to shun the Euro but have not been able to muster their true opinions into policy. The fact that the EU has rejected this new fiscally-loose budget, that would have given more funding to services like the government-run job centres, will potentially turn more Italians against the EU.


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US Midterms: How could recent events impact the results?

US Midterms: How could recent events impact the results?

‘The US Midterm elections fall on November 6 and could be highly significant for the future of the Trump administration. The Republican Party would be hoping to maintain their majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives; however, recent tumultuous events in the US have put this election on a knife edge.’ Lyell analyses the possible impact of recent events on the midterms.


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Budget 2018: The End of Austerity?

Budget 2018: The End of Austerity?

“Austerity is coming to an end, but discipline will remain.” Philip Hammond repeated this slogan twice at the end of his budget speech today. His aim was to hammer home that there is still a big difference between Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘tax-and-spend’ Labour, and the governing Conservative Party.” Sam Jacobsen analyses Phillip Hammond’s budget.


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Historical Reflections: The Thatcher Era

Historical Reflections: The Thatcher Era

“The premiership of Margaret Thatcher was as ground-breaking as it was controversial. Thatcher’s premiership oversaw the most transformative period in British society since the Second World War. She was elected in a time of great uncertainty during the Winter of Discontent.”


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John Bercow: The End of an Era?

John Bercow: The End of an Era?

‘The speaker, who represents the Buckingham Constituency, has been well regarded as a reformer, seeking to bring the Houses of Parliament into the modern era by ensuring that odd conventions that have precipitated since the 1800’s do not have as much relevance in today’s proceedings.’ Joe Monk analyses Bercow’s time as speaker.


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Brexit and Independence: Sturgeon's Speech to the SNP

Brexit and Independence: Sturgeon's Speech to the SNP

“Throughout her speech, Sturgeon attacked what she called an unstable government at Westminster, contrasting the “shambolic, chaotic and utterly incompetent” handling of the Brexit negotiations with the ‘sturdy’ and ‘functioning’ SNP at Holyrood.” Christy analyses the SNP’s party conference.


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The Conservative Party Conference: Day by Day

The Conservative Party Conference: Day by Day

“The Conservative Party Conference set off for a planned three days on Sunday. Looming over this conference has been a battle over what position the government should take in the final months of Brexit negotiations. There have been deep-seated opinions on both sides but it comes down to the membership and the ERG, versus Theresa May and her inner circle.” George Royce gives a day by day analysis of the party conference.


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Global Hunger: A Threat to Sustainable Development Goals?

Global Hunger: A Threat to Sustainable Development Goals?

Goal number two of the Sustainable Development Goals is a pledge to end world hunger by 2030. However, a rise in global hunger over the past two years, and the threat of further increases in the future, has meant the likelihood of achieving this goal is rapidly decreasing. Charlotte Davies explains.


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Brexit Negotiations and the Irish Border

Brexit Negotiations and the Irish Border

Jean Claude-Juncker delivered his State of the Union Address last week and with a matter of weeks left for negotiations, Brexit was of course at the centre of the discussion. Christy Williams analyses the speech and the question of the Irish Border, which is yet to be resolved.


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The Lib Dem Conference: Brexit Talk Dominates Conference of a Party in Transition

The Lib Dem Conference: Brexit Talk Dominates Conference of a Party in Transition

“The Liberal Democrats have always managed to find flagship policies to distinguish themselves from their two bigger rivals. In the old days it was their opposition to the Iraq War, and tuition fees. These days the Lib Dems are the biggest party in Parliament that flat-out opposes Britain’s imminent exit from the European Union.” Sam analyses the key points to come out of the Lib Dem Conference.


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Donald Trump & The 'Enemy of the People'

Donald Trump & The 'Enemy of the People'

Donald Trump’s rhetoric surrounding media outlets, which he consistently labels “fake news” and the “enemy of the people”, inspired threatening communications towards the Boston Globe earlier this month…


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Balkan Land Swaps: Peace Settlement or Renewed Conflict?

Balkan Land Swaps: Peace Settlement or Renewed Conflict?

10 years after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, there has been very little progress between the two countries. With Serbia failing to recognise Kosovo’s statehood, could potential land swaps lead to resolution, or is it likely to plunge the whole region into renewed conflict?


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Italy and EU Migration Policy

Italy and EU Migration Policy

“Lega and Five Star sit at opposite ends of the political spectrum, but both offered to resolve the migrant crisis by implementing tougher border and immigration controls, which would be contrary to the EU’s position.” George explores Italy’s influence on the EU’s changing migration policy.


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