I think the UK likes to see itself as a spectator of other countries struggling with the threats of extreme parties. It is true, our voting system grants us a degree of protection from the rise of small, radical parties (and although the system has many faults, I won't be going into them now). However, … Continue reading From the Battle of Cable Street to Today
The Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, Peter Kyle, has been an MP since 2015. He's still a fairly new face around Parliament, but has an interesting history. He was an aid worker in Eastern Europe, namely the Balkans, where people were living in a state of great difficulty and instability. Mr Kyle has … Continue reading Brexit, Voting, Antisemitism: Speaking with Peter Kyle.
Too often, people think in extremes. On a personal level, I think that is okay. Politically, however, it doesn't work and actually does more harm than good. Society is sensitive to change. A gradualist approach works in order to win minds over, but those with a radical approach who believe they can force others to … Continue reading Thinking in Extremes
Ben Bradshaw is the Labour MP for Exeter, he was first elected in 1997 as a part of the first Labour Government for 18 years. As one of the first openly gay MPs at the time of election, he gained a constituency which had been Conservative for 27 years whilst running against a Tory candidate … Continue reading Fifteen Minutes in Conversation with Ben Bradshaw
On Wednesday, I was lucky enough to meet John Rentoul, Chief Political Commentator for The Independent. Many people who know me well know that I admire his work, and so this really was a very exciting day. Mr Rentoul first came to my attention a while ago, when I started researching more about New Labour. … Continue reading Two Blairites Walk into a Room…
The past few years in politics have been energetic, gripping, exciting - well, they should have been. Truthfully, it all got very boring very quickly. That's nothing to do with the events, it's to do with the handling of them. When previous prominent figures found themselves in unprecedented territory they would, unashamedly, take the opportunity … Continue reading Who’s Leading the Country?
Earlier this week, we saw Corbyn commit to abolishing the House of Lords, replacing it with a wholly elected second chamber. This isn't really news to anyone. It's not hard to gauge Corbyn's take on this continuous debate. For at least a century, reform has been on the table and many may say that we … Continue reading Oh, Lords!