Mad, or just a Mad Man?

Mad, or just a Mad Man?

Ben Hack (Publications Editor, Ex-Committee Member, Balliol College) is an undergraduate in his first year of reading Computer Science and Philosophy.

How our United Kingdom acts on the world stage is a subject of much interest not only to the subjects of our country, but to those many foriegn citizens whom are affected by the momentous ripples of the sixth largest economy in the world. As such, to understate the importance of the United Kingdom’s actions on the world stage in our modern age would be to signal a myopic outlook equivalent to that of Cameron holding a referendum on membership of the EU so as to quieten Europsceptics. Given the responsibility that rests on the shoulders of our nation, it remains a task of as great importance as ever to inquire as to the outwards facing behaviour of our prime political movers, such as Boris and his Cabinet. 

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Brexit will lead us to either dominance or death

Brexit will lead us to either dominance or death

George Wright (Ex-Secretary, Former Deputy Returning Officer, Ex-Treasurer, Ex-Whip, Ex-Committee Member, St John’s College) is an undergraduate in his second year of studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Well, maybe. Political discourse is the natural habitat of the hyperbole and you would be excused for thinking I’m doing my part to enrich the biodiversity contained within it. But before you chastise me too harshly for desperately trying to resuscitate project fear, let’s take stock of exactly where we find ourselves. For nearly three years, our parliamentarian overlords have equivocated and tergiversated and blabbered about how Brexit means Brexit. The government has spent month after month dealing in the currency of can-kicking, spitting vacuous metaphor after vacuous metaphor until no BBC studio was left un-moistened by the collective phlegm of their inchoate prolixity. 

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First Brexit, Now Trump

First Brexit, Now Trump

Branwen Phillips is a first year undergraduate at Lincoln College, and a member of Committee

First Brexit, now Trump. Common words said and posted prolifically in the last few days and months of 2016. Something I also said in frustration of the many bathetic moments this year as an outspoken Remainer and opponent of Trump. But are Brexit and Trump's electoral victory really comparable? 

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A new empathetic politics to save the political nation

A new empathetic politics to save the political nation

Leo McGrath is an undergraduate reading History and Politics at Lady Margaret Hall.

Britain in 2016 is wracked by division, uncertainty and mistrust. Momentous events, identity politics and reliance on social media are opening up new fault lines and have revealed ugly and dangerous fissures. What we have seen over the past weeks and months has transcended the boundaries of ordinary political discourse and revealed the dark underside of our public politics.

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