Noah Keate

I am a third year politics student at the University of Warwick. I am interested in political journalism, social policy, international relations and cultural trends. I have written for 'The Boar', the University of Warwick's award winning student newspaper. I have also written for 'Perspectives', the home of student political commentary at Warwick. I have written a chapter in the book 'Prime Minister Priti...and other things that never happened', which was published by Biteback in July 2021.

The wealth of writers who went to Warwick

To write is to offer a fresh perspective on the world. It is to leave an imprint, however small, on society. Words provide an all important context to the past, enlightening future generations about the way individuals thought and lived. There are plenty of alumni from Warwick who have done just that. Whether inspired by their university degrees or not, they have taken that notion of chronicling their vision of the past seriously, and with great insight.

Five Films From… Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is an acting genius. From the moment her career began decades ago at Cambridge, she has stepped into each role with elegance, grace, and a majestic ability to captivate an audience. Even her more alternative performances, like becoming the Prime Minister in Johnny English Strikes Again (which, it won’t surprise you to read, hasn’t made my top five) are done with humour and an authority that only Thompson could manage.

Should the number of bank holidays be expanded?

Jane Austen once wrote that “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Well, a more recent universal truth is that a bank holiday without damp, wet conditions would not be a bank holiday. It seems the price workers pay for enjoying an extra weekday off work is the most miserable of weather that hardly inspires meaningful activities for the extra day of freedom.

Last Night I Watched: ‘Gladiator’

I’ve often wondered what makes a film worthy of the accolade ‘Best Picture’; given just how many films are released every year, it is undoubtedly an award worthy of its high reputation. The Academy Awards, more informally called the Oscars, are among the most prestigious film awards in the world. Even though all film criticism is subjective, to receive the highest of awards from the Academy members is a treat never likely to leave the memories of its victors.

Should the price of tickets be voluntary?

At some point, all of us have visited a cake sale for a good cause. Charities looking to raise money will have spent hours putting together the most fantastic creations that look absolutely appetising for the public’s delight. Aiming to raise funds for important causes, there is often no set price on how much each cake costs. Individuals are simply invited to donate whatever funds they can. It is arguably fairer that way – everyone can contribute but only what they can financially afford.

London Notebook: Expensive embassies, the return of Pizza Hut & the Play That Went Right

Back in London again! Yes, as regular readers will be aware, when any opportunity to visit that great capital of the UK arises, I am sure to take it. Visiting is just too convenient - less than 50 minutes to King’s Cross from Cambridge. Having gone to the Garrick Theatre back in May to see Matt Forde, I was desperate to return to the West End at its full capacity. Well what a joy it was to do so.

Studios should stick to the agreements they have struck with their stars

Contracts are vital documents which are crucial to how societies are governed. That there is a whole branch of law devoted to contracts represents how crucial they are in framing the obligations that bind us to one another. Break a contract, which is usually legally signed by two parties, and the road to disagreement becomes a very realistic prospect. This has been the situation facing various Hollywood movie stars, who few may have initially had sympathy for. Earning millions for different blo

What are the consequences of Liverpool losing its UNESCO world heritage status?

Liverpool is one city among many in the United Kingdom I am desperate to pay a visit. Best know for the Beatles, a fantastic accent and newsagents not stocking copies of the Sun, it has a deep and profound rooted history. It is a city no doubt filled with memories, good and bad, of the impact of the past, which has shaped how its citizens regard the location. I have always held Liverpool in the highest of regards and look forward to the day I am finally able to go there.

Have Warwick students found summer work in a pandemic?

The summer may have arrived for university students, but that doesn’t mean a holiday is directly around the corner. Firstly, the widespread variation in different travel restrictions has affected the amount of international holiday making that can take place. Unless you want to self-isolate following your travel, depending on ever-changing Covid travel rules in the UK, venturing overseas suddenly looks a lot less appealing.

Should theatre be reopening at full capacity?

The chance to return to the theatre was one of the brilliant things about the reopening of society on May 17th. That, alongside cinemas being back, allowed the collective viewer experience to appreciate or deride – depending on what was showing – different aspects of culture. While everyone may have got used to, and perhaps even enjoyed, watching culture at home, that shared, collective engagement with culture was not there.

Will the return of the ‘Weakest Link’ be a success?

The Weakest Link is one of the most iconic, memorable quiz programmes I can remember from my childhood. Hosted by Anne Robinson, it pitted members of the public against one another in a horseshoe fashion answering questions that (at home at least) didn’t appear too impossible. What made the quiz intense was the contestants relying on one another to create a chain of correct answers. Get just one wrong and the chain would be broken, with a large amount of money potentially lost.

Steve Richards’ ‘Rock n Roll Politics’ podcast is a masterclass in political analysis

If you want to listen to someone with longstanding expert political analysis, you can’t go far wrong with Steve Richards’ ‘Rock n Roll Politics’ podcast. Based on his live one-man theatre show, the title aims to reflect the turbulent, volatile nature of our political times. From one show to the next, nobody is ever quite sure how politics will have transformed, amazed and horrified those of us constantly engaged in following it.
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