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New UKIP Leader Says His Party Will Be the Next Labour. Should Corbyn Be Worried?
5 min read, A Closer Look

New UKIP Leader Says His Party Will Be the Next Labour. Should Corbyn Be Worried?

After weeks of chaos and in-fighting (sometimes quite literally), UKIP has finally elected their new leader: Paul Nuttall, MEP. Nuttall has explicitly made it clear that UKIP will target Labour voters. In a BBC interview, Nuttall said: “I want to replace the Labour Party and make UKIP the patriotic voice of working people”. So should…

The PM Isn’t Giving A Running Commentary on Brexit Talks. But Don’t Be Outraged.
6 min read, A Closer Look, Brexit

The PM Isn’t Giving A Running Commentary on Brexit Talks. But Don’t Be Outraged.

“Brexit negotiations will be kept SECRET” the Express headline shouts as if this were news. A month ago, Brexit Secretary, David Davis, insisted that full transparency on the talks in progress is not in the country’s best interests. “Clearly there is a need for Parliament to be informed without giving away our negotiating position. I…

Who Needs Facts When You Can Convince People With Emotion
A Closer Look, Uncategorized

Who Needs Facts When You Can Convince People With Emotion

We are living in a time of Post-Truth Politics. Ours has become a political culture where facts are of secondary importance to so-called ‘gut feeling’. Impassioned speeches appeal to emotion regardless of policy, talking points are consistently repeated despite being proven untrue and/or misleading, and any fact checking is evidence of snobbery or bias. In…

Why Brexit Matters So Much For the Rights of Women in Ireland.
5 min read, A Closer Look, Brexit

Why Brexit Matters So Much For the Rights of Women in Ireland.

On a July morning in 1943, Marie-Louise Giraud was executed by guillotine at the Petite Roquette women’s prison in Paris. Giraud’s crime? She performed 27 abortions, an offence made punishable by death in France, as a response to falling birthrates. France was not exceptional, though. Across Europe in the 1930s and 40s, governments sought control…

The Shackle Economy of Brazil
A Closer Look, Economy

The Shackle Economy of Brazil

Slavery is a sensitive subject in Brazil. It is an issue almost as old as the country itself. Over the course of 400 years, Brazil imported around four million slaves from the African continent, and its economic structure was thoroughly dependent on the process. Some historians also argue that the treatment of slaves in Brazil...
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