‘Conflicted’ Captures the Need for Disagreement in Public Life

As an avid user of twitter, I have long been interested in how individuals behave differently on the platform compared to real life. Lockdowns confined us all to doom scrolling, looking at the latest scary statistics and feeling an immense sense of dread. Yet the criticism twitter has long received politically is nothing new. Condemned as a platform where meaningful political discourse is near obsolete, it sometimes feels like reasoned discussion is impossible.

The Open Mind: Why I Started Supporting HS2

Infrastructure schemes are, by their very nature, issues of high contention. Their creation means altering an area of land for the foreseeable future and changing the physical appearance of a location. If a tall building is created, that will undeniably affect those who live around the building. Similarly, a new road will affect previously natural land and mean a long-term change. Infrastructure projects cannot just be switched on or off.

‘Baptiste’ series one: perfectly ordinary and easily forgettable

BBC iPlayer has a habit of promoting its best new shows to as wide an audience as possible. When a new programme is released, it will get an extra wide billing on the website, presented as a brand new show that simply cannot be missed. In the summer heyday of no work or exams, one of the programmes that most strongly fitted into that category was Baptiste, with the BBC promoting its second series. I knew nothing about the programme and thought it would be worth a watch.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.
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