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Did the Nobel Peace Prize for the EU Ignore the Elephant in the Room?

October 15, 2012
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The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after they were credited with six decades of work in advancing peace and stability across the region. While announcing the decision, the Norwegian prize jury praised the union’s “advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights.” Senior leaders within the EU are overjoyed...
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Shooting a Burglar

October 9, 2012
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You might have seen today’s news from the Conservative Party Conference that the Government will now allow householders to exercise “reasonable force” in the protection of their homes and families from burglars. “Being confronted by an intruder in your own home is terrifying, and the public should be in no doubt that the law...
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Get Back to Work, Mr Cameron

September 2, 2012
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David Cameron “sets out his vision for the future of Britain” today in a rather astonishing Mail article. Packed full of platitudes and lacking any sense of self-awareness, I have to admit to reading most of it with my mouth agape. So, in the famous internet tradition of Fisking (a point-by-point criticism which highlights...
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Back to the Future with Michael Gove

June 22, 2012
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Following the riots of August 2011, the Economist writer Bagehot produced a fabulous article demonstrating that the crisis over wayward youth was one which had reoccurred in almost every generation in recorded memory. The piece, which tapped into Stanley Cohen’s theories of moral panic, demolished the knee-jerk view that this sort of public disorder...
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The European Austerity Backlash

May 23, 2012
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As the disciples of Eurozone austerity are unceremoniously booted out of office, now might be a good time for us to discuss whether the backlash against British austerity, which has been growing since the formation of the coalition, has the potential to expand and provoke yet another government to...
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Venezuela – The Coup of 2002

April 11, 2012
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Precisely ten years ago, on the 11th of April 2002, a remarkable event took place in Venezuela. The democratically elected President, Hugo Chávez, was removed from power in a military coup. A mere 47 hours later he was reinstated, but the events of that period tell us much about the nature of modern imperialism....
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Fighting the Cuts in Manchester

April 4, 2012
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The citizens of Manchester, like their counterparts in towns and cities across the UK are struggling to come to terms with huge reductions in local authority funding. The city council recently approved £61m of cuts for 2012/13 in addition...
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Same-Sex Marriage: Why Not?

March 6, 2012
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On the 19th of February, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey hopped on the bandwagon of a new petition launched by the Coalition for Marriage, a group formed to support what they define as traditional marriage (ie: that which involves one man and one woman), opposing any...
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The End of Vocational Qualifications?

February 29, 2012
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Last month the Department for Education announced plans to slash the number vocational qualifications that would be allowed to count towards schools GCSE league table results. The number of qualifications regarded as equivalent to GCSEs will be reduced from 3,000 to just 125, with only 70 of those counting towards the main GCSE performance...
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Market Confidence & The Future Of Europe

February 8, 2012
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It is interesting to note the continuing struggle between EU leaders regarding the debt crisis. For example, the recent fiscal compact is a perfect example of the battle between politicians to push their ideas regarding how to restore confidence. Not Debt But Confidence For some background, it should be said that the crisis in...
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