It’s the Public, Stupid: Why You Can’t Trust People

Barney Trimble: “People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis. You can’t trust people Jeremy.” So sayeth Simon “Super” Hans and, I’m willing to wager, every one of your friends who have seen Peep Show. Its popularity is not surprising, because it’s an amusing quote that can find itself into a great deal of conversations….

Farage and Loathing in Westminster: The Carswell Conundrum

Barney Trimble:  One of the things that became quite noticeable following the twin defections of Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell to UKIP in late 2014 was how comfortable they were with each other and with Nigel Farage. On the one hand, Reckless was rarely seen without Farage by his side; on the other, Carswell was,…

Tim Farron: The Fall and Decline of the Lib Dempire

Barney Trimble: Over the summer months, I developed a cosy routine of going for an afternoon walk. I’d pick up the Evening Standard, have my stroll by the Thames, find a bench and flick through the daily news of Corbyn’s rise and the endless debates over the all-night tube. However, one day my familiar routine…

Ed Miliband: A Revisionist Perspective

Lucas Pearce: Sorry everyone, but Ed Miliband really was as useless and incompetent as he was portrayed This article may be considered revisionist in the sense that it seeks to address the currently trending revisionist narrative that seems to have become mainstream within the (non-parliamentary) Labour Party; that he was in fact an underrated and…

Is Jeremy Corbyn Labour’s Iain Duncan Smith?

Andrew Dennis: Let’s cast our minds back to 1997. Tony Blair has won a huge landslide victory in the general election which will lead to 13 years of Labour rule under himself and, later on, Gordon Brown. Meanwhile the Conservatives are left with just 165 seats, the party’s worst performance since their official name was…

Britain and Flooding: Nobody Does It Wetter

Callum Shannon: When I’m back in my home town of York, I like nothing better than grabbing a drink with a few old friends in my favourite bar, Lowther. It’s got to be said, as a bar, the Lowther has a lot going for it: nice wine, triples are cheaper than doubles and they’re always…

The Politics Of Debate: How And How Not To Criticise The Green Party

Andrew Dennis: I address this article mainly to members of my beloved Labour party. The Labour party is, in my mind, the best option of all the political parties. As Martin Freeman points out, the party has the best principles; the policies of the party are the most sensible and the party, on the assumption…

Northern Ireland: Britain’s Last Frontier

Callum Shannon: Unless you live there, or have family or friends who do, you’re unlikely to know very much about Northern Ireland. Now that the troubles are essentially over, we don’t even see much about the United Kingdom’s forgotten region in the news, unless of course, its election time and the Prime Minister wants to…

The Leaders’ Debate 2 – The Re-debate-ening

Jake Strong: In a way, the BBC Leaders’ debate was a lot like your stereotypical Hollywood-style unnecessary sequel. It wasn’t quite as well publicised, didn’t feature all of the cast of the original and felt, in general, as if someone had pared down the original concept to the point that nothing remained except those things…