UK air strikes, Syrian rivers of blood, and no dam in sight

Sami Hamdi UK

The government has passed the motion permitting air strikes on ISIS positions in Syria by 397 to 223. The UK will join the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other nations already involved in Syria. The Prime Minister David Cameron delivered his argument as one of two choices; attack or wait to be attacked, a far cry from …

The Shadow Cabinet: How significant is it?

Op Ed UK

Before the extraordinary political summer of 2015 and the birth of New Politics, if one notion was as inconceivable as Jeremy Corbyn becoming Leader of the Labour Party, it was having John McDonnell as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. Asked whether he “supported” the appointment, Hilary Benn, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, replied that McDonnell “is the choice Jeremy has made”. It was a pointed …

English Votes for English Laws: The new threat to our Union

Michael Drewett UK

EVEL is clearly flawed, and no other proposal seems viable. Surely, though, it’s better for the government to make an attempt to solve the West Lothian Question than just accept the status quo? Not really. The problem is that any attempt to answer the Question, much like trying to defuse a bomb, carries the risk of bringing about what you’re trying to prevent. In the case of the West Lothian Question, this is the break-up of the Union between England and Scotland.

What happened to the politics of principle?

Dan Moloney UK

We are told by politicians and political experts not to trust the polls. Yet, the panicking behaviour of a number of Labour party members in light of a recent poll suggests many do not heed this advice. According to the latest YouGov poll, in the first round of the Labour leadership contest Jeremy Corbyn is set to win 43% of …

Budget 2015: Osborne delivers blow to the Youth

Nora Hamdi featured, UK

These reforms are not “progressive”, rather they symbolise regression and endanger our national pride; the welfare state. Our soaring education prices and gradual diminution of benefits does not alleviate the feeling of dread growing in many. What further accentuates this is the feeling of being stuck. It is difficult to endure these changes without being able to look forward to the next election, hoping our country will vote differently…

British politics will never be the same

Sami Hamdi UK

In the build up to the election all of the polls indicated that Labour and Conservatives were neck-and-neck. Media coverage centred on who the Conservatives or Labour were likely to enter into a coalition with. No one predicted the astonishing victory for Cameron, the heavy defeat for Miliband, and utter annihilation of the Liberal Democrats. So why did the elections turn out the way they did?

The SNP double whammy which destroyed the centre-left

IbrahimAdaci UK

…except the SNP surge did not stop at wiping out Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland. It gave David Cameron the perfect weapon to crush them both South of the border. The politics of fear may not be the most honourable or truthful way of securing votes but if it can be both sufficiently terrifying and somewhat believable while it remains the most devastating tool available to the parties of the establishment.

Cameron’s Great Escape

Yousef Teclab Discussion, United Kingdom

As the dust settles after a night and day of high drama David Cameron has the seats required to form a Conservative majority government. It certainly has been an unpredictable 24 hours. The results have been drastically different to the countless polls which put the Conservatives and Labour neck at neck. So what happened?