Politics

Can Vince Cable Save the Lib Dems?

*Record scratch* *freeze frame* Yup, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation. Well yes, Lib Dems, that’s exactly what I’m wondering. How has a party descended from the Liberal and Whigs, once one of the two major parties in Parliament, come to this? How have you ended up with only twelve …

The West Wing Taught Me Everything I Know About US Politics

I consider myself quite knowledgeable in politics and in particular I’m fascinated by elections. Whilst ours are full of drama and shi*t slinging, no electoral system is more ridiculous than that of the United States. The way the campaigns are run, from the split parties to that fact that anyone …

Peter W. Smith and the Tragedy of the US Healthcare System

The death of Peter W. Smith on May 14 2017 was initially reported without much fanfare, but the recent news that he committed suicide has sent the internet into a frenzy of conspiracy theory speculation. To be fair he was someone who actively tried to access Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails in order to help …

“I Don’t Do Politics.” On Political Intimidation

“Oh, I don’t do politics.” This was my go-to refrain for so many years whenever the topic arose. Even though I was registered and first voted at the age of eighteen, it’s only in recent years that I’ve been open to discussing politics with my peers. If it was ever …

Cultural Hegemony: How the Tories Keep Winning

AKA: Why has Trump has got away with being an utter c*ckwomble while Clinton’s emails apparently stopped her from being President, EVEN THOUGH HER EMAILS BROKE NO RULES; why did Theresa May say Strong and Stable so much; and what does any of this have to do with Gramsci and cultural hegemony? …

The Most Sought After Parliamentary Awards

We live in a (largely) democratic society, which means there are a lot of things to vote for and positions up for grabs. There’s the top job, the Prime Minister. There are several cabinet and shadow cabinet positions; and bated breath accompanies reshuffle announcements. We vote for our local councillors, …

I Was a Tory: Then I Got Better

I don’t like making old people sad. But the sentence: “Mr. L, I’ve cancelled my party membership,” did make someone sad. For a long time Mr. L had seen me as promising rising star, with the potential to bring a younger sort of MP onto the benches. And it was …

Strange and Unstable: What Happens Next in UK Politics?

As the excitement fades over the general election result on June 8, and Parliament uneasily reconvenes to legislate the Queen’s Speech, the instability surrounding the future of British Politics promotes constant speculation. It seems people aren’t willing to accept that the government led by Theresa May, propped up by the …

Losing My (Voting) Virginity

Voting is something of a rite of passage–at least for the socially aware and politically engaged. For as long as I can remember (okay, since I was about 14) I was desperate to vote; to finally have a say in the political fate of my country. I remember watching in …

Theresa May’s 7p Breakfast Menu

When the Conservative party’s manifesto pledged to scrap free school meals in favour of free breakfasts in primary schools, they costed this at £60 million. Across 3.6 million schoolchildren in the UK, this works out at approximately 6.8p per child. We at The Nopebook think this is a completely reasonable …