The UK’s 2017 General Election

The UK’s 2017 General Election

News
Theresa May called a snap election, and on this day - the 8th of June - those that had the foresight in registering to vote before the deadline will be able to choose which party and which member of parliament represents them in parliament for - possibly - the next five years. The snap election was called, and within less than 6 weeks all parties had to campaign and to get their message out to the public. Both campaigns of the Conservatives and Labour parties during these 6 weeks could not have been more polarised in their ideological stances and in their tactics. Within this time-frame, although the issue and the mandate of Leave is settled amongst the two major parties, the divisiveness of the EU referendum has oozed out…
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Common Sense as Ignorance – A Rising Fascism in the UK

Common Sense as Ignorance – A Rising Fascism in the UK

Analysis
What is Fascism? Fascism is a political ideology that is often associated with the earlier half of 20th century politics. This is of course accurate, but to look beyond the surface of this literalism, it is essentially important to recognise - as horrific that these instances were - that Fascism is more than a phenomenon consigned to a single era of historical significance; it is a set of moral and philosophical beliefs. These beliefs isolated are often harmless. You can hear them in almost any political debate. What is problematic is when they coincide, culminating into one rigid formula and belief system. Not just as coincidence but as the result of a gradual and insidious process. A social decline whereby these views become normalised, politicised and eventually enacted upon. These beliefs are insidious not…
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Tag Der Arbeit – The 1st of May in Hamburg, Germany

Tag Der Arbeit – The 1st of May in Hamburg, Germany

Events
The city of Hamburg is known for its deep-rooted leftist culture that is most noticeable when you wander into the districts of Altona and Eimsbüttel: more specifically St Pauli and Sternschanze. It is permeated through the support and atmosphere surrounding the Bundesliga 2 team St Pauli (that has to be seen to be believed), relentless graffiti, street art and stickers on every building, the squatted buildings in defiance of gentrification, the city's liberal stance to prostitution, and the residents' rather aggressive and assertive means of having their voices heard and participating in the political process. On multiple occasions have the police of Hamburg had difficulty in maintaining their control over the residents' dissent. One the most recent examples being the demonstrations over the winter of 2013 into 2014. An estimated…
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Triggering Article 50, the Deal

Triggering Article 50, the Deal

News
On Wednesday the 29th of March 2017, Theresa May will trigger Article 50. Article 50 is the section within the Lisbon Treaty - part of amendments made in 2008 to the Maastricht Treaty - which allows a member state to enact its departure from the European Union. This process means a minimum of two years of negotiations between the Conservatives and the European Commission, after 'obtaining consent' from the European Parliament. Towards the end of the negotiations, the resulting agreement must be approved once in Westminster - due to the Conservative's reluctance to face too much scrutiny from opposition members of parliament - and must be approved by the European Parliament and each of the 27 members of the Council for the process to be complete. However, the two year period of…
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The Right, the Far-Right, and the Moderates

The Right, the Far-Right, and the Moderates

Analysis
The election of Trump, and Brexit is symptomatic of a global decline and regression, shaped by the West itself. Post-industrial revolution, post-British Empire, and its chaotic transition onwards throughout the United States empire has seen a cultural shift that juxtaposes the hegemonic and underlying economic ideology of the last 30 years. The United Kingdom has often shown itself to be an interesting microcosm of the United States. In both cases, the Right, far-right and moderates have had a whale of a time hijacking the post-2008 narrative - exploiting others' prejudices by furthering the cultural shift towards intolerant illiberalism, successfully shielding anyone from the obvious economic trend that landed the West into this mess.   How did we get here?   From the 1960's onwards - culturally-speaking - liberal values had…
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Women’s March on London – January 2017

Women’s March on London – January 2017

Events
  From the US embassy in London to Trafalgar Square, over 80,000 women marched as a statement on Saturday the 21st of January that women's rights are human rights, and feminism is needed now more than ever. The organisers were expecting a maximum of 25,000 people, but were surprised when more than triple the amount of people showed in Grosvenor Square, ready to take the 3 mile walk. Similar protests took place worldwide, for women to have their voices heard against the treatment of women worldwide, and the manner in which Donald Trump was elected president of the United States last year as its catalyst. Despite his shortcomings in regards to his views on women himself, the election of Donald Trump set a whole new precedent: that being respectful towards…
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Anti-Trump Rally – US Embassy, London

Anti-Trump Rally – US Embassy, London

Events
  Outside the United States embassy in Grosvenor Square on the day of Donald Trumps inauguration last Friday, several thousand angry protesters gathered to show their discontent towards the rhetoric that won Trump the electoral college on the 8th of November last year. The rally included several speeches from different figures including the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas. Despite criticism of the rally's motive of questioning the election of the United States' president in the United Kingdom, the message couldn't have been more clear: the protesters will not tolerate intolerance by those in power. Trump's platform is certainly steeped in intolerance, and he certainly holds a position of global power; a position which can have severe knock-on effects for the politics in other countries. The speeches at the rally were…
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The World Transformed – “Where now for the European left?”

The World Transformed – “Where now for the European left?”

Events
It has been almost 3 weeks since Momentum’s The World Transformed took place in Liverpool alongside the Labour Party conference. What is surprising however, is that the topics and discussions that were had seem to have even more relevance now. Especially considering the many events which have unfolded following Jeremy Corbyn’s second mandate to be the leader of the Labour Party. This is true especially for our first post of this series covering the different talks that took place in Momentum’s The World Transformed. “Where now for the European Left?” was the pressing question in this talk on day 2. An incredibly important question if the majority in Europe is to have an alternative to the current political and economic status quo. Similar to the majority of talks during The World…
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The World Transformed – 24th-27th Sept 2016 – Liverpool

The World Transformed – 24th-27th Sept 2016 – Liverpool

Events
In Liverpool this week you may have noticed that it is the Labour Party conference. As with all Labour conferences, there were several “fringe” events organised alongside it. Momentum, a group formed by supporters of the platform and policies which Jeremy Corbyn used to win his first leadership election had its own. The World Transformed: a four-day festival of art, culture and politics. The event which took place in the Black-E in Liverpool a few minutes’ walk down from the location of the official conference, looked to actually be one of the main highlights of the full weekend. Momentum, an organisation which has come under much criticism in the press and even a Dispatches Documentary aimed at exposing the group showed its true purpose with this event this week. Ultimately,…
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