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On November 14th 2012, forty-one individuals will become police and crime commissioners after pitching their vision for cleaning up the streets of England and Wales (excluding London, where Boris Johnson has taken on the role and duties of the Police and Crime Commissioner). The Chief Constable of each of these forces will no longer be answerable to the Home Secretary, but to their PCC who, in turn, will be answerable to the electorate when the elections come around again. If there is a complaint against a PCC, then it would be taken up with the Home Secretary. There hasn’t been…

The FBI defines eco-terrorism as “the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against people or property…for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.” Unlike actual terrorists, ecoterrorists attack money, not people. They are known for burning down buildings that contribute to pollution, destruction of a natural area or promote urbanisation. The Earth Liberation Front (ELF), established in Brighton in 1992, was the first organisation to be labelled “eco-terrorists” when an American cell burned down a ski resort in Colorado costing the owners $12m. Elf claimed afterwards that “of clearcuts will…

This debate occurred on Tuesday 31st of January at 7.00 in MALT. One quick point, congratulations to Martin Ellis Parry for the preparation and event management work that went into making this debate possible. Congratulations to AGOR-A for putting on a debate that didn’t encounter any silence from the audience when they were requested to ask questions. There were four people on the panel; Rev. John Butler, Professor Stephen Jay Stern, Ann Farr and Michael Brodsky from the Israeli Embassy and the Chairman, Jochen Eisentraut. The debate lasted an hour and a half with quite a few questions asked from…

Ed? Surely Edward is politically correct? As an individual confused and tired of the political world, to me Ed Miliband appears to have a white toothy smile, a caring attitude about every individual, and an aura that no one except him and his party’s policies are correct or valid. Sound familiar? If you are like me and only really concentrate on politics when the elections come around or another expenses scandal looming; you will be in the dark about the ins and outs of day-to-day politics. Only the other day did I find out that there was such a…

‘An insult to every working family’ screamed the Daily Mail in response to the House of Lords voting in favour of amending the government’s controversial Bill proposing a cap on welfare payments. The welfare cap would mean no household could claim more than £26,000 in benefits. According to David Cameron this cap was proposed in the interest of fairness. Why, the prime minister asks, should those on benefits receive more than those who work for a living? Indeed £26,000 seems like a huge sum of money, which is why at the present time only 0.2% of UK households claim more…

15th March sees a fundamental change in the party after over a decade. Ieuan Wyn Jones has led Plaid Cymru for over ten years but has divided it is time to pass the baton over to a new leadership regime.  But who is going to take over the mantle? Who will lead to party on and progress welsh thoughts and opinions? Welsh Assembly Simon Thomas has withdrawn from the race leaving only three main contenders left. Mr Thomas pledged his support and to join nominee Elin Jones as her deputy on a joint ticket. Yet even with this public support,…

Is it just me or is everyone confused by the Eurozone crisis? One day the end of the Euro is nigh; the next its future is secure despite being riddled with debt. Is Greece in or out? What does France’s loss of the triple A credit rating really mean? The Euro has dominated the political news front for months and it doesn’t seem to be subsiding, so what is so captivating about the Euro zone? It is Britain’s eagerness to watch the Euro crash and burn? Or are we really interested to see how the Euro’s potential demise will affect…

The 2nd of May has proved to be historic. 419 seats compared to 165. 18 years in opposition has finally ended in a victory people dreamed of but never thought a reality. As their slogan said – New Labour, New Britain. At 43, the youngest Prime Minister this century. But that is only the start of things to come. A Scottish Assembly, A Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland peace deals. And that is just the start. A new era really has begun. John Prescott, Gordon Brown, Alastair Campbell, Peter Mandelson. These are the names that will become infamous in the years…

The other UK countries might be the ones to lose out in Scottish independence, not the Scots The Scotland question of independence in January has shown to be an important issue for the whole of the United Kingdom with David Cameron entering the new year with it as the first thing on his agenda. This has since inflamed a debate which really started with the SNP winning a majority in Holyrood in May last year. It has raised the question for the future of the UK not just for Scotland. Matthew Parris wrote in The Times the other week that…

Downfall of dictator brings about the first free election in Egypt for 30 years Egypt, Egypt, Egypt; this has not been your year!  The 25th of January saw the start of the revolution.  Revolts sprang up in Cairo amongst the whirlpool of African rebellion as, after decades of frustrations finally over spilled,  rioting was rife across Egypt. Almost one thousand deaths and six thousand injuries were the consequences of the fighting, yet finally on 11 February, their battering was finally worth it. President Mubarak resigned from office. Some would say that the overthrowing of a dictatorship that lasted thirty years…

The Eurozone crisis seems never ending. First Britain joined the E.U twenty years after it started and ever since we’ve been labelled the awkward partner. Most of us just don’t want to be seen as being European or needing Europe.  The House of Commons is full of Euro sceptics, we rage when our PM signs treaties without our say so and we throw a fit when we give our hard earned money to help bail them out. Europe is just not Britain’s thing. holding the pound aloft and doing a giddy dance Having to counter a petition to hold a…

International Conflict has been strife the past couple of weeks. No country seems to be safe from riots, disrupted elections and crimes against humanity. The United Nations, in a formal 39 page document, have accused Syria of crimes against humanity. Since March over three and a half thousand people have died from the conflicts which have arisen.  The U.N’s document focused on the 223 victims and eye witnesses that they have interviewed despite being impeded by being denied entry into Syria. Their investigations have concluded that 256 children have been killed alongside murder, torture and sexual assaults which the people…

It is easy to forget sometimes that in many senses, we are not citizens of a country, but subjects of a hereditary monarch. It is, for some people, hard enough to stomach the idea that a single person could inherit an entire country; it is much harder when it is revealed that the Government has been offering vetos on various bills to the heir to the throne. A constitutional loophole forces the Government to ask permission of the Prince of Wales if a bill touches on his private interests. Unlike Royal Assent which is required for a bill to become…

Lies, rumours and cover-ups have gone hand in hand with American elections since the late 1700’s, where sex scandals, undesirable relatives and the shady exchange of money were all prime ammunition for presidential candidates. The boundaries are removed and outcome the forbidden topics; the popular religious gambits and, hot topics for the White House, war and terrorism. As a result, no candidate will be able to take a debate during their campaign without having a quote or two taken out of context and manipulated with the aim of giving them a public status worthy of Nixon. Take Herman Cain for…

Dorothy Carrington in her book Granite Island: A Portrait of Corsica, describes the first impressions of Corsica on her first visit in 1948. “The mountains surged into the sky, behind, beyond, above one another, ending in rows of cones and spikes and square-topped knobs like gigantic teeth. Their lower slopes, smothered in vegetation, looked uninhabited and impenetrable.” This mysterious island is not to be underestimated by any stretch, it is home to a people strongly motivated to preserve the traditional Corsica, the natural beauty of the island both physical and cultural, as described by Carrington. I write this, a summary…

Wednesday 30th November will see the biggest mobilisation of public sector workers in decades; they are all going to be at it: Heathrow, Schools, NHS workers, Border Forces. In other words, disrupted services right, left and centre. Pensions,  that is where it starts and ends. When the NHS was implemented in 1945 it promised a Welfare Service looking after to you from cradle to grave. Generations down the line and that sentiment still remains noble if not completely realistic. Of course everyone wants it, and damn right expects it. Whoever is the first to propose scrapping elements of the welfare…

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