One Year On: A Trump Presidency (Part Three)│ Sarah Stook

As a populist with some isolationist and protectionist streaks, Trump has an interesting view on a number of issues, which is why he managed to win the nomination, and ultimately, the Presidency. In regards to immigration, Trump went further than any of his rivals in his rhetoric, his strong views speaking to the (mainly) white […]

Opinion: Don’t Blame the World, Hillary- Blame Yourself | Sarah Stook

From The One Show (God that was a painful thing to watch) to Andrew Marr, Hillary Clinton has been doing the rounds to promote her new election/post-election memoir, What Happened. Apart from having to relive that awful read (see my review), having Hillary Clinton blaming the world for her problems all week has been somewhat […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review: House of Cards Season 5 (Spoiler Free)

SPOILER FREE FOR SEASON 5 ONLY, ALL OTHER SEASONS DISCUSSED Rating: 9/10 Netflix Original House of Cards returned to our screens today for a fifth outing. Starring American Beauty’s Kevin Spacey and Forrest Gump’s Robin Wright, the US political drama has been the jewel on Netflix’s crown since its 2013 debut. For our political savvy […]

On Armchair Psychiatrists | Sarah Stook

‘He’s dangerous-he’s clearly mentally ill! He’s got some kind of narcissistic disorder, or delusional behaviour. A man like that cannot be in the White House!” Sigh Even before Donald Trump took his inaugural oath, the armchair psychiatrists were out in force to create an explanation for the wild ways of the Republican. Whether it was […]

First Female President: Who’s It Going to Be?

2016 could have been a historical year for shattering what some dub to be ‘the glass ceiling.’ On November 8th, millions queued up to vote in one of the most fascinating and divisive elections ever. One such candidate was Hillary Rodham Clinton. A veteran politician, her rallying cry of ‘I’m With Her’ emphasised the role […]

A Trump presidency will see Scottish politicians eating their words | Robert Blackley

Could Scotland Benefit From President Trump? If any issue has defined Scottish public life in recent times it is the question of Scotland’s place in the world. Twice in the space of three years Scots have been asked where our beautiful green plot ought to sit, both in terms of the United Kingdom and our […]