Noah Keate

I am a second 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. For over four years, I have written a blog called 'Tea Talks', which focuses on political and personal opinions. 

Noah Keate’s bucket list location

Bill Bryson is a travel writer whose books I am only just beginning to appreciate. One of the most successful writers of his time, Bryson’s musings have taken him across the globe to numerous countries. It is amazing and awe-inspiring that he both enjoys the opportunity to travel and has a willingness to share such anecdotes with his readers. While there are so many of his books that are on my reading list, there was one in particular that caught my attention.

‘The Week in Westminster’ provides the perfect summary of political dealings

What is the purpose of Saturdays? For students in normal times, they might provide the time to recover from a wild night before. Some students may spend their Saturdays completing part time work for extra employment. Whatever our affiliation with a Saturday, it is usually a day spent away from our commitments during the week (apart from exam season, where one day rolls into the next).

The Return of the Former Prime Minister

British politics is unsure of how to cope with its politicians at the best of times. Whether in the media or public discourse, we are used to criticising them relentlessly for their action or inaction. Lazy analysis will smear politicians as all the same and only in it for themselves, even when there is widespread evidence to the contrary. The expenses scandal however, which did involve criminal prosecutions, certainly didn’t help things for politicians.

Why are humans so dependent on water?

The importance of water is something that cannot be understated in any society. A basic part of human existence is knowing that we can manage three minutes without oxygen, three days without water, and three weeks without food. The importance of water as a substance for framing so much of life and what humans can achieve cannot be underestimated. Without it, we simply cannot live. But why is it that humans specifically have become so dependent on water as a vital part of being alive?

Donald Trump’s account of history, while perhaps inaccurate, should be published

It can be tricky for presidents in the best of circumstances to decide what to do after leaving office. From being the most powerful person in the world at the heart of the White House one day, to being just a formerly powerful world figure the next must be quite the transition. Even with the huge pension, remaining staff and (usually) international respect, things will never quite be the same again.

The best beaches in Britain

The weather, at time of writing, could not be more suited to driving, along with half the country, to the nearest seaside town to spend time by the beach. Though my personal preference is for cool, fresh, crisp weather, I can’t help but recognise that the vast majority of the public has a permanent appreciation for the muggy climate. I suppose it makes up for the fact that holidays abroad, not least in the Mediterranean, look increasingly less likely until at least the middle of next year.

Piers Morgan and ‘Good Morning Britain’ must part ways permanently

Piers Morgan is an individual that almost everyone has an opinion on. He’s quite literally the definition of a Marmite figure: you either love him or hate him. As former editor of the Daily Mirror, he has most recently become best known for presenting ITV’s Good Morning Britain. A polarising, divisive figure, his no-nonsense, strong-stance opinions are intransigent and nothing but provocative.

'Americast’ never fails to engage and amuse its listeners

Over the last couple of years, learning more about American politics has become a requirement for any proper insight into world affairs. The Trump Presidency, international volatility, global issues: all have made an understanding of the actions inside the White House crucial. Whatever threats to its unipolarity America faces, it is simply undeniable that it remains a world leader. The American president is still the mos

Five Years since Brexit - My Reflections

What is there left to say about Brexit? It feels similar to Covid. Though Brexit has been known about for far longer, Covid has come to dominate our national and International conversation over the last 15 months to such an extent that any original thinking feels completely impossible. All the books have been written about both, even though, of course, the numerous public inquiries will ensure plenty more voices are bought to the forefront of public discussion.

'We've agreed to include your chapter...'

One of my newly found cinematic guilty pleasures is the 1998 romantic comedy Sliding Doors. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah, it details the life of PR representative Helen after she catches, or misses, a train. It is that classic ‘what if’ scenario we have all become accustomed to thinking about throughout our lives. What if I’d met that person? What if I’d got that job? What if I’d gone on that holiday? Even people who haven’t seen the film - and it’s a real treat - use the phrase ‘Sliding Doors' in full knowledge of what it means.

Authors should earn royalties for second hand sales

Why are books written? It is a constant topic of discussion within the literary community, analysing something that seems as old as time. Why have individuals wanted to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, in order to express their words, thoughts, and ideas for documentation? No doubt one of the most important reasons is the belief in telling stories for others to experience. That persevering belief in the importance of creating thoughts for others remains of admirable and essential importance.

Five Films From… Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh is a director whose films are built around telling the stories of people. There are no superheroes, long action sequences or battles to the death. All of those conventions are important and necessary aspects of cinema, but they are no part of his films. Instead, the focus is honed onto the power of conversation, in both its presence and absence; indeed, some of the most telling and controversial aspects from Leigh’s films are often the things we leave unsaid and do not properly disclose.

Will the Green Party Surge Succeed?

The 2021 local elections already seem like so long ago. Even though they were less than two months ago, their influence and significance appear to have receded into the past. While there is a lot of commentary in the immediate hours and days following them, the significance of the elections holds declines. Such elections can allow local issues to be raised to the forefront but often reflect how well or poorly the national parties are performing.

My Most Underrated Film: ‘Dreams of a Life’

The social connections that tie humans together have long been under discussion before coronavirus and lockdowns tore us apart. In a globalised world, belonging, identity and place have become far more uncertain. Centuries ago, individuals would have only known those who lived around them, for better or worse. This rapidly altering identity has catalysed atomisation, where individuals feel separated from wider society. At its darkest, most extreme end is the question of whether anyone would mis

How has Brexit changed the way artists travel across Europe?

The coronavirus pandemic has masked the impact of Brexit on travelling across Europe. Nationwide restrictions across the globe meant that citizens were prevented from travelling, regardless of Brexit. The numerous tests, hotel quarantines and self-isolation has resulted in nobody seriously considering travelling overseas. Given that holidays abroad are currently illegal until 17 May, journeying to a different country has been all but abandoned. However, like so many things, the vaccines have qu

Literary podcasts worth listening to

At the start of the first lockdown, I wrote a Boar article about how much I valued podcasts. This was the case before we were all shut indoors for months on end. I would often listen to podcasts on long walks, during household chores, rushing around a supermarket, or quickly trying to sort through emails. Having those voices in the background provided a comfort as I undertook often menial tasks and tried to make them somewhat interesting.
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