Economic Socialism & Social Attitudes

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In politics, there are some ‘truths’ that are universally accepted to be self evident. The typically closed minded nature of human beings is never better reflected than in the manifestation of these truths, yet through this we Continue reading “Economic Socialism & Social Attitudes”

The House of Lords Is Obsolete, It Must Be Dismantled

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The debate surrounding the purpose and continued existence of the House of Lords (HoL) has been reignited in recent weeks after the second chamber voted to amend the government’s Article 50 Bill in order to protect the rights of EU migrants. There have been seemingly hasty calls from Brexiteers to abolish the House of Lords immediately, replacing it with an elected second chamber, but the truth of the matter is that this is long overdue. Continue reading “The House of Lords Is Obsolete, It Must Be Dismantled”

Hendrik Verwoerd: Architect of Apartheid

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The word apartheid is thrown around a lot in the sphere of geopolitical debate, often to denigrate certain regimes or government policies regarding racial matters, as it is associated with the evil white man subjugating the ethnic minority whom craves freedom. However, despite the frequent use of this Afrikaans word, apartheid itself in the context of 20th century South African politics is infrequently studied in any depth. It is simply portrayed as the white man illegally in charge of the black man, or baaskap as the concept was known in the Afrikaans language. In fact, the Continue reading “Hendrik Verwoerd: Architect of Apartheid”

NHS in Crisis: Problems & Solutions

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The phrase “the NHS is in crisis” is perhaps the only thing we can be certain that will come from a politician’s mouth every year. Each winter, the NHS seemingly is facing a ‘new crisis’, which is usually to do with Accident and Emergency (A&E) waiting times, overcrowded wards or the latest super-bug to infest our hospitals. This year is no different. In what the Red Cross have recently branded “an humanitarian crisis”, the NHS is once again in crisis, with reports of Continue reading “NHS in Crisis: Problems & Solutions”

Imperial Japan: Usury, Banking Reform & The Path To War

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Today, Japan is a world superpower. They are the most powerful democratic state in their region of influence, they have the third largest GDP in the world after the USA and China, and they are one of the most, if not the most technologically advanced societies in the world. However, in terms of industrialisation and empire building, the Japanese arrived relatively late. In 1871, two years after the Boshin Civil war resulted in the restoration of the Emperor’s full power, the Iwakura Mission was dispatched in order to

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England’s Jews, Part 1: Usury, Expulsions and William of Orange

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The story of Jews in England is a long and fascinating one, for they hold the accolade of residing in this country longer than any other non-indigenous tribe. They first came to England around the time that William the Conqueror and his armies did, in 1066 AD and have left and returned a number of times since. There has been a steady presence of people of Jewish background in England since the end of Cromwell’s protectorate towards the end of the 17th century, but their story was somewhat more turbulent in the time between Continue reading “England’s Jews, Part 1: Usury, Expulsions and William of Orange”