On Monday, it was reported that British newspaper The Sun had finally bowed to pressure and scrapped their controversial ‘Page 3’ feature, a page featuring naked women posing alluringly for the pleasure of the reader. It was unprecedented and widely celebrated- if only momentarily. Two days of speculation later, with the paper neither confirming nor … More Objections to Objectification: On Page 3, Media Culture and Misogyny
On the 14th of July, UK Prime Minister David Cameron engaged in the most far-reaching and surprising cabinet reshuffle of his term in office. The occupants of key political posts such as the Foreign, Education and Defence Ministers were rejigged, and veteran Ministers such as Kenneth Clarke were dubbed to have reached their political use-by … More The Women Problem: On The “Cull”, The Conservatives and Female Empowerment
“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it” – George Bernard Shaw Last week, Conservative business minister Matthew Hancock sparked controversy during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. When asked whether he believes that a company should train British workers “at the risk of a little bit of profit” rather than … More Business and the Social Contract: What Do We Owe to British Workers?
“The only effective answer to organized greed is organized labour.” – Thomas Donahue This week in British politics, the Conservative party has been embroiled in troubles and faced with difficult questions regarding the influence that large corporations and commercial interest groups have within the party and its core leadership. This arose when Chancellor of the … More The Lobbying Problem: Balancing Interest Groups in Modern Politics
“My fellow citizens, at this hour American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger.” – George W. Bush, March 2003 On the 20th of March 2003, President George W. Bush announced to international media the foreign … More The View from Baghdad: Reflections upon the Iraq War
“Justice should not only be done, but should appear to have been done.” -Lord Sankey The British government’s flagship Justice and Security Bill made news once again in the Guardian last week; this time, as with most of the other times, it was to report on the politically damning information which the bill is accused … More The Justice and Security Bill: Democracy’s Friend or Foe?
“The only Party that spent two years in hibernation in search of a new image and came back as the Addams family” In October 2012, Chief Conservative Whip Andrew Mitchell, a key figure in David Cameron’s cabinet, was accused of verbally abusing Downing Street police officers, swearing at them and calling them “f***ing plebs”. Mitchell … More Is the Tory Brand “toxic” or is British Politics Poisonous in Itself?