William Radley reflects on the war on terror.

The War on Terror   It is the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks reminding us of how the world changed which begs the question, where did this begin and were the efforts of the US government justifiable? Arguably the most conflicted area during the 1970s and 80s was Afghanistan. Efforts of the […]

Ciaran Dolby discusses the flaws of socialism.

THE FLAWS OF SOCIALISM Whilst socialism seems to some people as an ideology of selflessness, compassion and community; it is actually the opposite. Socialists are so caught up in their own definition of selflessness that they deny their own proclivity to see other peoples perspectives. Often the argument is that without a factor of production […]

Lottie Leonard explains Social Norms

Social Norms   Social norms are what society have over time gradually viewed as a socially acceptable decision or way of acting, shared standards of acceptable behaviour by groups. They can be expressed by both informal understandings that govern the behaviour of members of a society, as well as be codified into rules and laws. […]

Lottie Leonard looks at the 1979 General Election

1979 General Election   The Labour government had come into power in 1974. Prime minister Harold Wilson was succeeded by Jim Callaghan in 1976. Labour leader Jim Callaghan’s parliamentary position had become gradually uncertain and by 1976 the government lost its formal majority, this was partially due to the by-election defeat, loss of two backbenchers […]

Is democracy experiencing a setback worldwide? Asks Frances Rigby

Is democracy experiencing a setback worldwide? As stated in ‘Democracy and Dictatorship Revisited’, a regime is able to be classified as democratic, providing the chief executive is selected through either a popular election, or is chosen by an elected body, the legislative body too, must be elected, and lastly, the electoral system must be competitive, […]

Is Social Media running Politics? Asks Tom Needham

Is social media running politics?   Social media has now become a major part of everyone’s lives with it being accessible through phones which can now travel with us where ever we go. Social media has become an integral part of UK politics with Most MP’s and political journalists having an account. This leads to […]

Olivia Sansom asks how violence in the Gaza Region has increased in recent weeks.

How has the violence in the Gaza Region increased in recent weeks?   Throughout history the Gaza region has been an area of dispute between Israel and Palestine. The conflict erupted in 2005 with the election of the Islamist political party Hamas in 2005 and 2006. Much of the world call Hamas a terrorist organisation. […]

Jack Scott examines the “One country, two systems” rule for Hong Kong.

How has China broken the ‘one country, two systems’ rule for Hong Kong and what have been the repercussions? Introduction HK was given to the British Empire in 1842 from China, after they lost the first Opium War. Originally the colony was just the Hong Kong Island, but its area was expanded twice (after further […]