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Europe/UK

The Windrush Immigration Scandal, Explained

Thousands of people residing in the U.K., some for over 50 years, are now in danger of removal and deportation from the country they call home. The Windrush Generation is characterized by immigrants from the Caribbean, namely Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, who arrived in Britain any time between 1948 and 1971 in order to provide aid and more sets of working hands during the labor shortage of World War II. Like the dreamers residing in

Europe/UK

May Turns A Blind Eye To Homelessness

Today marked the last PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) of 2017. PMQs has always been a chance to hold the Prime Minister accountable on the record for what they have or haven’t done. I’m not going to lie, it’s been embarrassing watching the current Prime Minister Theresa May pathetically dodge pretty much every question she’s handed.   Today, Theresa May performed some masterful (read: horrifying) question dodging as Labour MP Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan took to the stage

Politics

Brexit and the DUP: What’s Going On?

A lot has happened in the past week regarding Brexit and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), specifically regarding the borders between the U.K. and the rest of the EU, and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. And, I know I’m not the only one who’s a bit confused. So, I’ve done the reading so you don’t have to, and I’m going to translate it into actual English rather than political jargon (you’re welcome). The

Politics

Theresa May is Already Under Pressure to Get Rid of the Brexit Date

Less than a week ago, on Friday 10th November, Theresa May announced that Britain will officially be leaving the EU on the 29th March 2019, and is already facing backlash from both Tory and Labour MPs. At a recent meeting, which will be the first of eight sessions this month, MPs voiced concern that the proposal will “tie the hands” of the U.K. — forcing us out of Europe even if we are not fully

Politics

EU Has Reportedly Increased Brexit Talks With Labour

In a study by ORB International, almost two thirds of people disagree with Theresa May’s Government’s Brexit negotiations. May has repeatedly been called to resign since she lost the conservative majority in the general election in June 2017 and this has been heightened this week with reports that more than 30 Tory MPs want her to resign. In addition to that, the E.U.-Brexit negotiators have reportedly increased talks with the Labour party amid concerns that the Tory

The Inside of Grenfell Tower
Europe/UK

Grenfell Is The Final Straw for the Disenfranchised UK

The West has an ego about its ability to provide for its citizens. The UK is no exception. Despite this ego, London, as Charles Dickens wrote, tells a “tale of two cities” – meaning the divide between the rich and the poor forms almost two completely separate worlds and living experiences. In London, 21 %of people working are paid less than the London Living Wage, and 18% of all jobs in London are considered low-paid. In

A ballot box and polling station. | Photo credit: PA
Europe/UK

UK Voters: Please Don’t Vote Third Party This Election

This past year has been absolute hell for those living in the UK. The 2015 general election was a huge wake-up call for millions of people who had already been disillusioned by their previous government, a largely unsuccessful coalition between the Liberal Democrats (a centrist party which gained support due to its wishes to remove tuition fees) and the Conservatives (a right-wing party which has huge support from the upper and upper-middle classes of the UK).

Op-ed

Can We Combat Terrorism Whilst The U.K. Still Sells Weapons To Saudi Arabia?

This morning, in response to the attacks that took place in London last night, leaders of countries and political parties across the world came out to share their contempt for the attacker and to share messages of solidarity for the victims, survivors and those affected. Theresa May’s comments have been particularly contentious, as she said “enough is enough”. May says, “there’s far too much tolerance of extremism” in the U.K., and she set out plans

Europe/UK

A Letter To The Tories: Why The Arts Matter, Too

As I’m writing this, I am 16 years old. I’ll be taking my GCSEs in a couple of months, then my A levels in two years time. I’m the prime age for Michael Gove’s (and subsequently Nicky Morgan, and Justine Greening’s) absurd policies about a ‘British education’ to be of heavy impact. And I’m not happy about it. At the age of 12, I was offered the chance to take Spanish, as well as French,

Europe/UK

A Female Prime Minister Doesn’t Mean A Feminist One

International Women’s Day saw what became essentially a pissing competition in British parliament over which political party represents women the most. Corbyn begins the day by wishing us women a happy International Women’s Day, and pointing out that his shadow cabinet is 50:50 men to women. He says that since his election, the Labour Party has made large leaps to improve gender equality in the party, as it has more female members than any other party.

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