Election 2015: five more years of pain

Ukelectionmap2015It’s 1992 all over again as the Shy Conservatives crawl out of the woodwork, make a mockery of every opinion poll in existence and condemn the United Kingdom to five more years of cutbacks, corporate tax evasion, privatisation and a potential exit from the EU, with all the uncertainty that attends it. Continue reading

Election 2015: a nation decides

UK Party LeadersNow that the Easter holiday has passed, it is time that the good people of the United Kingdom turned their thoughts to the 2015 General Election. The grubby world of politics may not be within your field of expertise. The barrage of news coverage of late may have left you afflicted with a sort of election ennui, or you may simply feel that there is not a politician in the land who speaks for you. Such concerns are understandable, but they are not sufficient grounds for staying away from the polling station on May 7th. Continue reading

Money talks: the 2014 Autumn Statement

Sad ChristmasI am reluctant to pour cold water on anyone’s seasonal good cheer. The Yuletide festivities are a stone’s throw away and most people in the UK are not thinking beyond their post-prandial Christmas Day snooze on the sofa, when not even the shrill insistence of a Boxing Day sale advert will rouse them from their alcohol and calorie-induced hebetude. It’s a fine tradition to which most of us in fair Albion look forward and it is understandable that we should be disinclined to contemplate the grey dawn of another year. It is with considerable reluctance, therefore, that I must turn our attentions to Chancellor Osborne’s Autumn Statement. Continue reading

The nay-sayers say nay: Scotland votes to stay

IndyrefYesterday was an historic day in British politics. After months of campaigning and fevered debate, the people of Scotland have cast their votes to determine the future direction of their homeland. 55.3% voted to remain within the United Kingdom, while 44.7% voted to secede. The referendum was notable for its record turnout (85%), its high emotions and the worldwide interest it attracted. The ‘no’ vote also marks the end of Alex Salmond’s career as SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland. Continue reading

The veil is not welcome here

Increasing numbers of Muslim women in the UK are wearing the niqab

Increasing numbers of Muslim women in the UK are wearing the niqab

Last week, Birmingham Metropolitan College reversed its decision to ban the face veil following student protests led by one Sabiha Mahmood, 27. That same day, Judge Peter Murphy at Blackfriars Crown Court compromised with a 22-year-old woman accused of witness intimidation by allowing to keep her face covering except when giving evidence. This unwelcome news demonstrates how my country is being held to ransom by a clique of extremists. Continue reading

Democracy 1, autocracy nil: Cameron’s crusade is crushed

The British Prime Minister's plan for a military strike against Syria is in tatters

The British Prime Minister’s plan for a military strike against Syria is in tatters

Late last night, a motion by the British government supporting military action in Syria was rejected by a margin of thirteen. The United Kingdom will not be taking part in any campaign against the Assad regime. This is the first time since 1782 that a British government has lost a vote on military action and the event will most likely go down as one of the highlights of 2013. Prime Minister David Cameron, who has been so passionate in his arguments for intervention, has been humiliated. Continue reading

The Syrian question: Cameron’s latest blunder

Danger Keep OutIn 2003, Prime Minister Tony Blair defied the UN and joined George W. Bush on a doomed expedition to Iraq. It was believed that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, yet these were never found. It was also believed that Iraq would be a freer, more prosperous land once the Coalition had ‘liberated’ it. This belief has since been proven to be completely unfounded.  Continue reading