Tags : politics

The Rise of the Prime Minister, 300 Years and Counting

Today, 3 April 2021, is the 300th anniversary of Robert Walpole being appointed First Lord of the Treasury, and so becoming the first, de facto, Prime Minister. It was the first time any single minister could be considered to be in control and it quickly became a position held by the leader of the government. […]Read More

The Polish Abortion Crisis

The meeting place for the 2020 International Womens’ Day march was the Palace of Culture (PKiN), in Warsaw. This is a 237m tall remnant of the communist era known locally as Stalin’s Penis. There could be found a gathering of men, women and children sporting rainbows and holding banners aloft. This would be their last […]Read More

‘The Reunited States’ Is An Earnest, If Naïve, Call For

Biting satire is the norm in contemporary political discourse. So while The Reunited States may not turn many heads, its energetic subjects and earnest message make for a pleasant watch. Elisabetta Pulcini reviews. Directed by Ben Rekhi, The Reunited States is a documentary that follows individuals who go beyond party lines to reconnect with their […]Read More

TV Review: Adam Curtis’ ‘Can’t Get You Out of My

Can’t Get You Out of My Head is both a six-part documentary film series by Adam Curtis, and the history lessons you never had. Subtitled ‘An Emotional History of the Modern World’, the films focus in on individuals from the 20th century whose decisions and influence have shaped our current reality. Each of these decisions are shown […]Read More

Sir Keir Starmer is Right to Back Patriotism

Sir Keir Starmer has been widely criticised for his ambitions to make the Labour Party more patriotic, however such ridicule is misguided. A report from The Guardian has highlighted that Starmer wants to make “use of the [union] flag, veterans [and] dressing smartly”, as he seeks to redefine what people have come to expect from […]Read More

House Parties for 14 People? The Government’s Bad Phrasing is

‘Today I can announce that next week we will be introducing a new £800 fine for those attending house parties, which will double for each repeat offense to a maximum level of £6,400. These fines will apply to those who attend illegal gatherings of more than 15 people in homes.’ Soon after Priti Patel finished […]Read More

Teaching To The Test: An Education System In Chaos

I haven’t properly understood the term ‘Groundhog Day’ until now. We all seem to be stuck in an endless loop of national lockdowns and rising infection rates. This feeling of déjà vu was heightened earlier this month, when Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, announced that GCSE and A-Level exams would be canceled for the second year […]Read More

How the Media Played Its Part in the Capitol Riots

Political journalism is a tough job. Politics is, by its very nature, a sensitive and divisive topic, so perhaps there is no area of journalism in which using the correct language is more important. A choice word here or there can totally change someone’s outlook on the situation being reported on, and with it, their […]Read More

How Can We Step Out Of 2020’s Dark Shadow?

It’s neither bold nor new to admit that this year, 2020, has been a nightmarish fever dream that we’d all love to wake up from. Alas, I regret to inform you that this isn’t a dream: you are awake, reading the latest copy of The Indiependent, maybe wondering how this year could get any worse […]Read More

New Nintendo Guidelines Ban the Use of Politics in Animal

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released at the best time possible for establishing a sense of community in an otherwise isolated time. Just as we found ourselves confined to our homes for an indeterminate period, Nintendo’s latest addition to its most heart-warming franchise was nothing short of a lockdown miracle. Though locked indoors, gamers began […]Read More

Democracy in America and New Zealand: Two Sides of the

One quick Google search of ‘Is Democracy in Crisis?’ will give you exactly 243 million hits. Whilst I have neither the time nor the inclination to sift through even a fraction of the news articles, essays and academic publications, a skim down the first few pages suggests that the general consensus, to one degree or […]Read More

TV Review: ‘Roadkill’ Offers The Same Old Schtick

If there was ever a time to release a new political drama, it would be now. Given that coronavirus has shown (depending on your point of view) either the success or failure of government, a new TV drama could allow audiences more access behind the door of 10 Downing Street. Political dramas are by their […]Read More

‘Arresting Our Way Out of Drug Problems’: Should We Continue

Weed, draw, bud, wacky baccy, Uncle Bob’s crafty cabbage. Aside from the last one which I clearly just made up, these are all aliases of cannabis, Britain’s most popular illegal drug. According to a recent YouGov survey, 48% of the British public favour legalising the recreational use of the plant, with just 24% opposed to […]Read More