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Holyrood’s Rude Awakenings

Last Thursday, voters across Scotland took to the polls to vote in the fifth Scottish parliamentary election. 129 MSPs were at stake and it was the first time…

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Bernie Sanders can’t win the nomination, but he still has influence

After New York, Bernie Sanders now has no feasible path to White House, but he can still help shape the Democratic debate. Almost a year since Bernie Sanders…

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Lay Off the Leaflet

Naturally, if you begin to think your rival has an unfair advantage when making an argument you feel strongly about, it’s hard not to turn bitter. You may…

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Tartan Tories: Ruth’s Revival

For decades, the Conservatives have remained a near political irrelevance in Scotland. Following devolution and the formation of a separate Scottish Conservative Party, both former leaders, David McLetchie…

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Is it over for Osborne?

George Osborne’s recent Budget unravelled spectacularly last week. Does this spell the end for his hopes of becoming prime minister? Observing the chaos currently overwhelming the Conservative Party…

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Sweetening the blow

George Osborne announced a tax on sugary drinks to distract from his economic failures, but the policy should be welcomed nonetheless. On Wednesday, George Osborne delivered his eighth…

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The crisis that could decide the EU referendum

David Cameron devoted copious amounts of time to negotiating the terms of his insignificant EU deal, yet with public concern growing over the worsening refugee crisis, perhaps his…

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The Lib Dems: Going To Pot

In order to prevent continued irrelevance beyond 2020, the Liberal Democrats need to be bold. By adopting a radical stance on cannabis, they’re doing just that. In the…

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Boris Johnson may act in self-interest but he is the leader that ‘Vote Leave’ needs

Every political campaign needs a figurehead – someone it can rely on to be consistent and persuasive throughout and, perhaps more crucially, to appeal to the public. The…

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British people think their media is one of the most right-wing in Europe — and they’re probably right

Just two individuals – Rupert Murdoch and Lord Rothermere – controlled a staggering 52.2 per cent of online and print national news publications in the UK in 2013 …

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It’s time the SNP got progressive on tax

Scottish Labour is ramping up the pressure on the SNP. The announcement this week that Labour would introduce a 1p rise across all tax bands was a bold…

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Why are the Tories lobbying to protect Google’s £30bn tax haven?

Following widespread condemnation of the ‘sweetheart’ deal agreed between Google and HMRC recently, George Osborne would have been hoping the week would end on a rather lighter note….

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The bedroom tax is a startling failure. When will the Government admit it was wrong?

To those who have campaigned against the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ from the beginning, Wednesday’s decision by the appeal court to rule the policy discriminatory and unlawful will come…

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It’s time we introduced mental health education to the national curriculum

On 22 January, a petition on the UK Government website calling for the introduction of mental health education to the national schools curriculum closed after reaching the six-month…

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Scottish Labour must embrace ‘devo-max’ or it risks political irrelevance

It was apparent some time ago that Scottish Labour is set to perform poorly in the upcoming Holyrood election in May, with some recent polls even showing them…

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It’s official: Labour didn’t lose the election because it was ‘too left-wing’

Recently released details from an internal Labour Party report confirms they did not lose last year’s general election because their set of policies were ‘too left wing’. The…

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Labour is right to stand by hard-working junior doctors

With talks having broken down between the government and the British Medical Association again, junior doctors held their first strike in over forty years on Tuesday over a…

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Labour needs to challenge the Tories over their economic hypocrisy

Speaking in Cardiff recently, George Osborne warned that the UK faces a ‘dangerous cocktail’ of economic risks, pinning the blame on external forces such as China’s slowing economy,…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s reshuffle is about effectiveness, not revenge

The latest episode of Jeremy Corbyn’s criticism comes in the form of his controversial Shadow Cabinet reshuffle. MPs who have publicly disagreed with Corbyn on issues like Trident…

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With Corbyn here to stay, it’s time Labour MPs turned their attention to the Tories

Despite the onslaught Jeremy Corbyn has undergone since he became leader of the Labour Party 100 days ago, he stands defiant, making it clear his way of politics…