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 […]

Polarised Politics Makes Society Worse | Matthew Cowley

People with different political views to your own merely have different perspectives on how to make society better, rather than whether to make society better. If you believe that their policy prescriptions do nothing to improve society, or even make it worse, then challenge them on the policies that they propose, not their moral character. […]

Trump’s Administration Cannot Succeed Without a Clear Agenda │ Joseph Prebble

A little over seven months into his first term, President Donald Trump is spending his time retweeting random members of the public who pay him compliments, blasting the FAKE NEWS media, and boasting of his successes. There has never been a one-man public relations offensive quite like it. That he feels the need to do […]

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 Answer to the Trump Right and the Corbyn Left | Matthew Cowley

The Trump Right and the Corbyn Left are significantly different on paper, but both are symptoms of the same kind of political problems. Trump rails against free trade and immigration; Corbyn against big multinationals, foreign property investors, and the free movement of capital that enables tax evasion. Their target market is the kind of people […]

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 […]

Representation Over Representativeness: The Case for First-Past-the-Post | Matthew Cowley

Aside from the arguments around its traditional place in our political structure, there are several arguments in favour of First-Past-the-Post (FPTP). Whilst the clamour for electoral reform has continued to grow, the case for it isn’t as black-and-white as it is being made to seem, and it is about time that those of us opposed […]