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General Election 2017: a second referendum or a Conservative landslide? Comment Politics & Current Affairs 

General Election 2017: a second referendum or a Conservative landslide?

When Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election in April, that is now scheduled for the 8th June, many people were shocked. May had previously stated that she would not call a general election, and in line with the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, the next election had not been due until 2020. Thus, there has been a lot of speculation regarding the Prime Minister’s reasoning behind her decision, as well as about how the election results will affect the country. With the triggering of Article 50, beginning the…

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The US and Russia in the Trump ‘era’: How might Trump’s election victory affect US-Russian relations, and what might this mean for the rest of the world? Comment Politics & Current Affairs 

The US and Russia in the Trump ‘era’: How might Trump’s election victory affect US-Russian relations, and what might this mean for the rest of the world?

The 2016 US presidential elections were unprecedented not only in their lack of focus on concrete policy ideas, but also on the level of Russian interest, and even perhaps involvement. During the election campaigns, accusations emerged from the Democrats that Russian hackers had carried out attacks against US political organisations to interfere with the election. Indeed, the hacked emails released by WikiLeaks are purported to have come from Russian sources. With this in mind, it should be considered how the election of soon-to-be ‘President Trump’ might affect relations between the…

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Corbyn vs. Smith: why you shouldn’t trust mainstream media Politics & Current Affairs 

Corbyn vs. Smith: why you shouldn’t trust mainstream media

Anyone who has read the news recently, either online or in print, will most likely have been met with a flood of headlines attacking Jeremy Corbyn, the incumbent Labour Party leader, for his apparent ‘unelectability’. The mainstream media at the moment instead favours Owen Smith, Labour MP for Pontypridd, for the leadership. However, those willing to look beyond the headlines will discover that the Labour leadership contest is not as clear cut as the mainstream media make out. And soon they will begin to question whether Jeremy Corbyn really is…

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