Monthly Archives: December 2016

The election of Philip Davies to the Women’s and Equalities Committee is an inspired choice

Philip Davies has been elected to Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee. Many people have expressed outrage that someone who complained that ‘feminist zealots’ are trying to stir up trouble, or who suggested that more women should be sent to prison, has been elected to a committee that looks to highlight issues that women and minorities […]

The riots show us that our prison system must change before it’s too late

What do we want from our prison system? The two recent prison riots in Kent and Birmingham have brought this question to the fore again. These riots are the culmination of a deteriorating prison service, with massive staff shortages since G4S took over, overcrowding and eating next to “unscreened” toilets. A staff member at wormwood […]

Why you should support the unions in their strikes

This Christmas period the UK will be hit by a wave of strikes in the transport and postal sectors. This will cause massive amounts of inconvenience to Joe Public, and risks making this a fitting Christmas for 2016. Understandably, people are annoyed, and they have got lots of airtime in the media. Which is the […]

What the internet shows us about anarchy

What would the world be like without borders, without states, without governments? A world with no taxes, no police, no social housing. Rather than going down the pub and talking to the resident anarchist, there may be an easier, and more instructive, way to find out. Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, has called the […]

On Aleppo

In the face of this bloodshed, this loss of humanity, of civilians being shot in their own homes by pro-Assad forces, can it really be right that non-intervention is always the correct answer?

The thing about human rights II: the right to property

On Saturday, the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was celebrated with international Human Rights Day. It is day where we are called upon to “…reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference.” In keeping with that, I want to talk about the human right to property. The […]

A false reality has contributed to a new political landscape

Nothing is real. I think a lot of us feel that this is close to the truth right now, waking up each day hoping that it was all a dream. Brexit didn’t happen. Trump didn’t win. Two men of the people didn’t have their picture taken in front of a dictator-esque golden door. But each […]

The rights of the three million EU migrants in the UK must be supported

Some facts. Some have predicted that the UK will have a shortfall of 3.1 million workers by 2050. More widely, to continue growth at current levels, Europe will need to take in 80 million migrants by 2050. Despite this, European countries have increased the difficulty of inward migration. The increased border controls have still not […]

Integration is not just a one-way street

The Casey Review, a major report on integration within the UK, has found that successive governments have failed to keep up with the scale of immigration, allowing some communities to become increasingly divided. Although finding that, as a nation, the UK is becoming more integrated and more at ease with integration, there are pockets of […]

Is it time to take a progressive alliance seriously?

The Liberal Democrats have overturned Zac Goldsmith’s majority of 23,000, winning the Richmond byelection my 1,872 votes. This was a stunning victory where they were able to turn the byelection into a vote on Brexit. Richmond voted massively in favour of Remain, and the Lib Dems played to this. In addition, the Labour candidate lost […]