The Budget, in British politics, is always a notable moment. From Gordon Brown to George Osborne, those holding the office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer have never quite endeared themselves as the (Alistair) Darling(s) of the nation. Phillip Hammond’s latest Budget ensures the status quo is maintained, as he introduced a raft of controversial … Continue reading Chancellor’s Job a Tough ‘Gig’
Freedom of the British Press: Ironing Out Bad Behaviour
Freedom of the press has always been a fundamental aspect of British life. Whether discussing political or sporting decisions, the variety of opinions proffered by our journalists has served as a vital source of information. After all, there is nothing better than hearing different opinions on just where Ed Miliband ranks in the pantheon of … Continue reading Freedom of the British Press: Ironing Out Bad Behaviour
GUARDIANS OF THE PEOPLE – But Is There Any Hope For Politics?
Any law student that has ever studied constitutional law would have been beaming at the chance today to use their knowledge of parliamentary sovereignty that laboured them throughout their public law exams many years ago. Having heard submissions over a four-day period in December, the Supreme Court justices ruled this morning, in an 8-3 majority, … Continue reading GUARDIANS OF THE PEOPLE – But Is There Any Hope For Politics?
MAYDAY: Is Trump Britain’s Brexit Saviour?
Lancaster House is a beautiful and eloquent structure, but today it lay host to a stormy and volatile topic. After weeks of criticism for her indecisive behaviour, Theresa May stepped out to deliver clarity on her Brexit plans. Political speeches are normally filled with ambiguity and general commitments, but today, we finally witnessed some direction, … Continue reading MAYDAY: Is Trump Britain’s Brexit Saviour?
Apologies if the year hasn’t started with any positive news. In order to buck the recent trend, I’ve got some mixed news to bring. The good news is that for the first time in British legal and political history, the United Kingdom’s Attorney General is to set out the legal basis for military strikes against … Continue reading Drone Wars
SOUTHERN FAIL – STRIKEOUT
Monday saw the worst possible opening to a week, a 24 hour tube strike left commuters frustratingly searching for alternate routes around the country’s capital. On a bleak, rainy morning, my Facebook timeline was filled with forlorn, moaning travellers – and I have to admit, I was one of them. However, underground passengers were afforded … Continue reading SOUTHERN FAIL – STRIKEOUT
Brexit Breakdown: New Year, New Economy?
What is a conversation these days without Brexit? The Remoaners still champion their cause, but the Brexiteers boast Theresa May’s words of “Brexit means Brexit”. Then it was the remain camp’s time to boast following a temporary victory in the High Court regarding parliamentary procedure. If this was the 17th century again, one might fear … Continue reading Brexit Breakdown: New Year, New Economy?
The Power of Oil – OPEC Taking Control
Bouncing like a fracking crane, fluctuating oil prices are a constant feature of the modern market. There is little that is more important than oil prices, given that they affect so many industries and intrude into all nations. A major player in this phenomenon is the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an intergovernmental … Continue reading The Power of Oil – OPEC Taking Control
Shopaholic Britain – Black Friday & Growth of the Online Marketplace
Shopaholics awoke early this morning, ready and primed to take advantage of the sales and fight off those competing for the last stocked item of their deepest desires. Since 1932, Black Friday was considered the unofficial initiation of the Christmas shopping season. Despite its early inception, the term “Black Friday” was only coined in the … Continue reading Shopaholic Britain – Black Friday & Growth of the Online Marketplace
Magna Carta – Dead or Alive?
Magna Carta is the “anchor of the rule of law” as once famously described by Lord Bingham of Cornhill. 800 years since its signing in 1215, the relevance of the Great Charter as this ‘anchor’ in contemporary systems has come to the forefront of attention as societal changes, economic pressures and political influences exert themselves … Continue reading Magna Carta – Dead or Alive?