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Censorship in the Russell Group: it’s not a problem – it’s an epidemic

Written by Isabel Dmello. The Free Speech University Rankings (FSUR) are out and at first glance things don’t look good; a further look gives me shudders. The 2016 rankings, published by online magazine Spiked highlight that the Russell Group Universities are the most active in censoring on campus with Student’s Unions being more active in …

David Bowie and David Cameron: Beauty and the Beast

Written by Dylan Richards. The tragic death of David Bowie last weekend was followed by the obligatory outpouring of grief from all sections of society, from fellow musicians to the Vatican. One notable public figure to add his thoughts was David Cameron, who wrote: ‘David Bowie was someone who people of my age, and those quite …

How social media is aiding smaller political parties change politics forever

Written by Isabel Dmello. It has just emerged that French Politician Jean-Marie Le Pen is suing a 29-year old dancer after he posted a selfie with the politician as he slept on a flight in December 2015,  claiming it cost him the election. With this story being just one of many modern day tales of …

Writing for Thinking Politics

Thinking Politics represents an exciting new blog from the School of Politics and International Relations at The University of Nottingham and represents an important chance to make your voice heard. This blog will rely on the collective goodwill of our students to contribute their thoughts and insights on topics as far reaching as the war in Syria, the rise of …

Turning the tide on the Islamic State

Written by Samuel Jaffe. The West’s failure to correctly define the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) exemplifies their inability to understand and therefore combat them. Not only have they failed to halt their march through Syria and Iraq, but they have failed to understand the difference between Muslim extremists and conventional counterinsurgency. The importance of …

Mutually Unsure on Destruction

Written by Ed Sylvester. On September 12th, Jeremy Corbyn, a hard left MP who had not left the backbenches for 32 years, was elected leader of the Labour Party. Many pundits had predicted that the severe rifts between his left-wing views and those of the majority of the Parliamentary Labour Party were going to fracture …

The worrying trend of ‘poppy fascism’

Written by Dylan Richards. Every year, in the weeks leading up to the 11th November, it is impossible to escape the poppy. Particularly on television, where the lapels of everyone from newsreaders, to politicians, to panel show guests, to sports stars are adorned with the little (usually paper) red flower. Inevitably, there is also the …

Long Term Political Punk: What David Cameron stole from the Ramones

Written by Adam Robson. David Cameron once wrote an article for The Guardian’s “Comment Is Free” section.  This was long before he was in charge of the country, or even an MP.  He was using his article to give advice to the then Conservative leader, William Hague, but also to show off his cool musical …

We Should All Slaughter Our Sacred Cows

Written by Dylan Richards. In theory, Western liberal democracies long ago gave up the frankly medieval notion that one should treat public figures with deference. We have a proud history of satire, and frequently lampoon our politicians for their seedy, corrupt, or even slightly odd behaviour. Whether it is salacious stories about the private life …

Jerusalem: an intifada by any other name is just as dangerous

Written by Luisa Gandolfo. The next visit of the Middle East Quartet to Jerusalem and Ramallah will take place against a backdrop of serious unrest. The violence re-emerged last month … Read the rest