Darcey Sharpe’s West Wing Blog

West Wing Blog   Question : What do you get when you put a recovering alcoholic, a Nobel prize-winning economist, a failed Jewish political operative, an Ivy League lawyer, a fired P.R. ‘flamingo’ and a political idealist into an oval shaped room?   Answer : The twenty-six Emmy award winning drama, written be Aaron Sorkin […]

Darcey Sharpe asks: Should military service be mandatory?

Should military service be mandatory?   The subject and practice of compulsory military service was once something that was instituted by the majority of countries around the world, but in the last fifty years a significant portion of those participating countries no longer operate the compulsory call ups for young men and women. It is […]

Darcey Sharpe reviews the classic “12 Angry Men”

12 Angry Men – Film Review   12 Angry men is a great film that really keeps the viewer sucked in. The basic story is incredibly simplistic, with practically the entire film, except for the very beginning and the end taking place in one room. However, the film makes great use of that minimalism by […]

Darcey Sharpe blogs on the importance of Super Tuesday. US Election Special

What is Super Tuesday? Super Tuesday is not the best day of the year or the same as Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake Day. It is when multiple American states, including two of the nation’s most populous states, California and Texas, go to the polls to elect a Democratic candidate to run in the Presidential race for […]

Darcey Sharpe US Presidential Election Blog: Iowa Caucus

Iowa caucus   In this and future blogs I will be attempting to explain the process of the US election, which is so very different from a UK general election. How does a UK election differ from a US election? In the UK, political parties have a chosen leader before the election campaign and can […]

Darcey Sharpe asks if ‘Little Women’ is a feminist novel?

Is Little Women, by Louisa Alcott, a feminist novel? “Little Women” is a classic novel written by Louisa Alcott, which is based on her own experiences. As she grew up with three sisters, I would say that the novel is very realistic as it is known for presenting many of her personal viewpoints and is […]

Darcey Sharpe asks: are pressure groups really democratic?

Are pressure groups really democratic? Many will have seen the news in the past few weeks headlined by the Extinction Rebellion protests, whilst these protests have calmed down in the wake of the announcement of another General Election taking place on 12th December, there are many more pressure groups around that focus on all areas […]