Author: Adam Barnes

Politics Editor 2015/16

Last week, Britain’s MPs backed UK air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, with 397 voting in favour of the airstrikes and 223 voting against. 25 MPs were either absent or did not take part in the vote. Prime Minister David Cameron stated after the results that those who had voted in favour had “taken the right decision to keep this country safe”. Within hours of the vote being decided, four British Tornados were dispatched, hitting several targets in eastern Syrian oilfields. The Government’s victory in the vote was aided by 66 Labour MPs who voted with the Government in…

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The Conservative Conference that took place from the 4th to the 7th of October gave the party a chance to counter the Labour party’s conference, and it was a chance that Prime Minister David Cameron took with open arms as he lay into newly-elected Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. “We cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love” he told his audience. Cameron was also very critical of Labour’s economic ideas, claiming they were not offering “any sensible, reasonable, rational arguments on the economy”, before later adding that “Labour ideas don’t help the poor, they hurt…

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Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood began her party’s conference by attacking Labour, hoping to replicate the Scottish National party’s success at the General Election and gain seats from Labour in the upcoming Welsh Assembly elections. Wood criticised Labour for taking Welsh voters for granted and repaying them with “incompetence, inaction, and indifference” before accusing Labour of reducing Wales to a “second-class” nation. She issued a rallying cry to Plaid supporters, aiming to break Labours 17-year hold of Wales by saying: “There is nothing about Wales that cannot be fixed. There is no challenge that cannot be overcome by a determined…

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The Labour conference brought about new Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s first speech as leader of the party. Despite not actually discussing any policy announcements, Corbyn had many issues to talk about, ranging from the idea of renationalising the railways, to attacking the Conservative’s broken promises on child tax credits, to making solving the housing crisis his “top priority”. In his speech he also responded to Cameron’s claim that he, Corbyn, was a threat to the security of British families by stating, “there’s no security for the 2.8 million households in Britain forced into problem debt by stagnating wages and the Tory…

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TV

Community is a show that follows seven members of a study group through their time at Greendale Community College. Throughout the show, the group faces many challenges in their attempt to graduate, including paintball wars, the ice cream dressed dean of rival city college, tiny nippled boyfriends, a keytar playing Spanish teacher, an evil multiverse, murderous glee club teachers and zombies. If you’re still not convinced, here are 6 reasons why you should be watching Community: 1. The main characters are one of the highlights of Community. Many popular shows can claim to have strong leading characters, but more often…

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