What The F*ck Is Happening With Brexit?

Last week MP’s voted on a number of amendments to the withdrawal deal agreed by May and the European Union. In the Parliamentary debate that took place, May called for agreement and compromise on the changes MP’s wanted to see before they would accept the deal and allow the Prime Minister to return to the EU and attempt to secure further concessions. The two amendments that Parliament voted for are the Brady amendment, which says that we will avoid the Irish backstop with ‘alternative arrangements’, and the Spelman amendment, which would rule out a no-deal Brexit. Both amendments narrowly passed, by 16 and 8 votes respectively. Yvette Cooper’s amendment, which would have extended Article 50 until the end of 2019

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The Critics’ Picks – January 2019 Edition

Every month, ‘The Critic’s Chair’ writers will be making their picks on what you should keep your eyes out for. You can also check out our picks for October, November and December 2018 below: October November December Here are our selections for January…  Critic: Jack Channings Pick: Brexit Over the course of February, and on into March, the Brexit negotiations will be going mental. With Parliament voting against delaying our exit, but also voting against a no-deal scenario, and now the EU maintaining their position that re-negotiations aren’t viable, the government is going to have to pull something extraordinary out of the bag in the next six weeks. Britain’s exit is an unprecedented event in EU history, meaning there is

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The Critics’ Picks – December 2018 Edition

Every month, ‘The Critic’s Chair’ writers will be making their picks on what you should keep your eyes out for. You can also check out our picks for October and November below: October November Here are our selections for December…  Critic: Harry Pocket Pick: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Firstly, the title… I don’t like it. It makes sense both prophetically and thematically given Doctor Strange told Tony Stark, during ‘Infinity War’, ‘We’re in the end game now’. Furthermore, it is likely the end for at least four of original Avengers’ story arc’s, but nevertheless, I’m not a fan. Secondly, the teaser is brilliant. My guess is that all the footage is from the opening thirty minutes, but the footage they do

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The Critics’ Picks – November 2018 Edition

Every month, ‘The Critic’s Chair’ writers will be making their picks on what you should keep your eyes out for. Here are our selections for November… Critic: Matt Evans Pick: That Peter Crouch Podcast Another month, another podcast. This time it concerns England’s greatest striker. Not Alan Shearer, who scored for the Three Lions every 182 minutes. Nor Michael Owen – after his commentary feats it’s astounding he hasn’t started his own ‘pod’ – hitting the back of the net every 155 minutes. And as for Gary Lineker, he notched up a goal every 136 minutes on international duty, but that doesn’t match up to the only man to break the 100-minute barrier. With a goal for his country every

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What’s The Point In A Referendum?

A general vote by the electorate on a single political question, which has been referred to them for a direct decision. Sounds simple enough. But what happens when this direct decision only causes more confusion and more divisiveness? And the politicians either don’t want to enforce the decision or want to use the decision for their own ends. The electorate were given all the power, but now find themselves powerless bystanders. Ah yes. We have Brexit. Surely the process of holding a referendum could’ve been handled a bit better…   On Thursday 23rd June 2016 the British electorate choose to leave the European Union in a once in a generation decision (51.9% to 48.1%). This came 41 years after voting

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s Portrayal Of America Is Complicated

“Ask not, what your country can do for you, ask what you can do, for your country!” the famous John F. Kennedy quote booms out at the onset of the show. That seems to be the narrative for this show, what are people willing to do for their country. This is what Sacha Baron Cohen is getting at in his latest work, ‘Who is America?’ Is it as comical funny as his previous works such as Ali G or Borat? No, neither was it meant to be, from the position of his character’s anyway, instead, he allows the politicians and public figures who had been duped into appearing in the controversial show, provide the entertainment aspect through shock comedy. However,

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What Has The EU Ever Done For Us?

In 1951 the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) was formed to tie together the economies of 6 European countries; France, West Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The Community took control of the coal and steel resources of these countries and pooled them together to prevent nationalist competition that had been the cause of war after war since the industrial revolution, especially between France and Germany. The idea was proposed in 1950 by French foreign minister Robert Schuman who wanted to “make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible” and became the first institution based on the idea of ‘supranationalism’; in other words, having a body of power higher than that of the nation-state. Control of border areas

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Donald Trump & The Greater Good

I can entirely understand if you believe the title of this article is utterly ridiculous. Trump has an interesting way with words, in history classes today we learn of great leaders with great quotes. From Winston Churchill’s defiant “if you are going through hell, keep going” to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inspiring “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. In generations to come children will come to learn of The Donald, who’s list of quotes ranges from the locker room talk “grab ’em by the pussy” to the excusing “I have a lot of (insert minority group you have may insulted here) friends”. I would like to say he is not the president that America deserves but, well,

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The Trump Doctrine

“We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism” From a speech containing good enough chat to make the world’s most boring room laugh, this line from Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly on the 26th of September 2018 encapsulates how Washington are washing their hands of the liberalism in America. A staple of the Democrats (but also you George Bush sr.), liberalism is the ideology of international institutions and the promotion of free and open trade with the assumption that these two ‘things’ will bring about peace. Hillary Clinton ran in 2016 as the liberal candidate, while Trump ran on ideas of patriotism, protectionism and a foreign policy of what he has coined ‘principled

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