Driving Miss. Saudi | Sarah Stook

It’s happened.By royal decree (doesn’t that sound like something out of a story), King Salman of Saudi Arabia has allowed women to obtain a drivers license, finally allowing them to drive legally. It’s a great victory, yes: but I have to be a little cynical here.There has never actually been a law against women driving, […]

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Book Review)

Title: What HappenedAuthor: Hillary Rodham ClintonPlace: United StatesPublisher: Simon and ShusterEdition: FirstPages: 512Price: £8.99 (Hardback-Amazon)ISBN: 978-1471166945Rating: 2/5I have to admit, that when I went to purchase this book, I hesitated somewhat. Why was I doing this? I had ordered several books recently, and still had more than half of those to read. All were about […]

Losing an Election: How the Presidential Nominees Have Failed │ Sarah Stook

In every US election, someone loses. If you include the smaller parties- such as the Greens, Libertarian and the Reform parties, there is more than one. Often, if one is on the opposing side of the candidate, then they will argue the people who have lost the most are the American people. There are reasons […]

Second Man: The Vice President of the United States │ Sarah Stook

‘It’s not worth a bucket of warm piss.’ John Nance Garner’s eloquent words do some up what many think of the office of Vice Presidency. Ever since the inauguration of George Washington, nearly all Presidents (though not all) have had a man stood behind them. The role of Vice President is a fascinating, if often […]

Will The Next Republican Candidate Please Stand Up? │ Sarah Stook

In 2024, the 60th Presidential Election will occur. Assuming that President Trump will stand again in 2020 (we have had no reason to believe in the contrary), it will be another seven years before Americans will head to the ballot box to pick their Republican nominee. Harold Wilson once said that ‘a week is a […]

Conscience of a Conservative: How Barry Goldwater’s Ideas Could Save Us | Sarah Stook

In 1960, US Senator for Arizona, Barry Goldwater released ‘Conscience of a Conservative,’ a book in which he laid out his views on conservatism, the Republican Party and the politics of the United States of America. Four years later, Goldwater would be decimated in an election against incumbent Lyndon B. Johnson, who was riding on […]

Safe Spaces on Trains? No Thanks! │ Sarah Stook

In a recent discussion, Derby North MP Chris Williamson suggested that ideas for female only carriages on trains should be brought up again. As sexual harassment and assault on public transport rises, the Shadow Minister for Fire and Emergency Services believes that it could offer a ‘safe space’ for the thousands of women who use […]

My Top Ten: US First Ladies | Sarah Stook

Since George Washington ascended the office of President in 1789, the office of First Lady has also existed, with Martha Washington being the first to take up the mantle. For over two hundred years, these women have been constant residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Though they are usually wives, daughters, sisters and friends of bachelors […]

The Legacy of Sexual Assault in Warzones | Sarah Stook

Part 1 in A World in Crisis. Warning that this article contains brief descriptions of the aftermath of violent rape. In December 2013, war erupted in the world’s newest nation, South Sudan. A country only aged two at the start of the conflict, government instability led to the crisis that is still raging today. Ethnic […]

How The Democrats Were Lost │Sarah Stook

The 2016 US Presidential Election, the 58th of its kind was nothing short of exciting. With a colourful array of candidates, quick quips, harsh insults and insane policy being thrown around, even those disinterested in politics found it to be an exciting election cycle. The candidates themselves were what made it. Even minor candidates such […]