Politics

Ol’ bait and switch

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The UK has quietly changed the infamous withdrawal agreement agreed by the Johnson government in January to allow for Britain to exit the block and override some of its legal commitments such as on the Irish border and on foreign aid.   Critics have been quick to accuse the government of breaking international law and the trust of EU allies. These are [...]
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Brexit… when life was more simple

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Remember the days when Brexit dominated the headlines and coronavirus was still a just scary Chinese thing? Well despite the entire world – let alone the Northern Irish border – closing down, the UK’s journey out of the EU has carried on.   The withdrawal agreement secured by the Johnson government in January has been partially overridden, allowing for the UK to [...]
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Lukashenko fancy dress party might be over

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The last shreds of legitimacy for ‘Europe’s last dictator’, Alexander Lukashenko, is being called into question after he won the recent Belarussian election a little too convincingly, that is, with over 80% of the vote. On 84% voter turnout Lukashenko received four and a half million votes, securing a massive majority over the only opposition candidate.    Some experts have observed that [...]
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Society

Vaccination Nation

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Once again, Russia have proven themselves to be true world leaders at the frontlines of progress and innovation. In a country that’s always been at the forefront of things like personal freedom, not imprisoning people for arbitrary reasons and upholding gay rights, you’d only expect them to be the first one’s to come up with a Coronavirus vaccine.    The Russians were [...]
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It just gets worse for students

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It’s been a rough year for Covid Class of 2020 what with the closure of schools, universities, social spaces, and everything else in recent months. Haven’t students suffered enough already? The UK government doesn’t seem to think so.   That’s why their ‘standardisation model’ for deciding grades without, you know, the exam has seen 39% of students being downgraded, most of whom [...]
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Beat Around the Bush

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Politics has gotten stranger and stranger these days. The current president communicates primarily through incoherent tweets. His would be challenger communicates primarily from video chats in his basement. And it’s sort of unclear if the election is even going to go ahead as planned due to the continuing Coronavirus crisis. But here’s something that literally nobody ever expected to come out of [...]
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Columns

Football’s new plastic fans

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While football fans across Europe scrambled to justify which Bundesliga team they had in fact always supported, and fans across the UK forced themselves to watch German football without chanting for the destruction of “10 German bombers in the air”, it seems that the restart of the South Korean K-League has caught us all off guard.    Similarly to games in the [...]
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Column: The Corona Coup

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The coronavirus pandemic is redefining the relationship between ordinary people and the state in a way unprecedented in recent times. In some countries the law is changing drastically without so much as a vote.   In the UK, the government passed a far-reaching emergency powers bill that has practically suspended liberty. One ‘libertarian’ MP was close to tears as he spoke on [...]
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The Prisoner of Downing Street

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You could have been forgiven for failing to believe your eyes when the BBC News update popped up on mobile phone screens around the world ‘PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating in Downing Street’.   Surely if it really is as simple as washing your hands for at least twenty seconds and not touching your face, then it [...]
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