Plastic Paddy – A person who retains a strong sense of Irish cultural identity despite not having been born in Ireland or being of only (if any) partial Irish descent. Urban Dictionary The 17th of March is that day of the year that has been in your calendar since the 1st of January. New Years Eve … More “P is for Plastic Paddy”
In the past twelve months, the political order which we define as a “Western liberal democracy” has been uprooted and jeopardised by a catastrophic transformation on our political compass. Instead of pointing towards a consented agreement with some minor disillusion, the distance from East to West, and between North and South, represents a community of … More Trump and Post-Truth Politics
In Europe, the nation of France has suffered and been victimised more than most by the extremities of the Islamic faith. The attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in January 2015, the systematic murdering of Parisians in November of the same year and the most recent ‘truck ramming’ in Nice on Bastille Day are three horrific moments … More Burkini Ban: Nice
Today I was welcomed with chants of “Save Our NHS” outside the Western Park in Sheffield, where I briefly joined junior doctors, medical professionals and medical students in the most recent round of strikes in England. The protest concerned Jeremy Hunt’s most recent spat with the British Medical Association over junior doctor pay. A significant … More Junior Doctors – Strike!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here – I haven’t quit, I’ve just had a hectic Christmas and start to 2016! Not sure if there’s any students reading this who can relate to my stress of a dissertation, or any one who wants to offer their sympathies for a Third Year History student … More Cultures of the Cold War
What do we make of Trump’s comments today to ban ALL Muslims entering the U.S? Does it legitimise Islamaphobia? Is it even ‘un-American’? This isn’t the first time Trump has caused controversy, but it is the first time his comments have made the headlines on the BBC home-pages. Those advocating Trump for Republican leader have dismissively said his … More Trump: The anti-Islamic Messiah
The House of Commons last night voted to launch air strikes against ISIS in Syria. This has been a hugely controversial decision, and judging by the hostility from Facebook and Twitter, I accept the government will have to deal with some challenges from the public. I plan to follow up this poll with an article on … More Britain launches air strikes in Syria
It’s been a while since I have reviewed a documentary on here but I need to draw your attention to a programme I found on ‘4 On Demand’ titled, ‘ISIS The British Women Supporters Unveiled’. Now if any programme is going to inspire me to take ten minutes out of my day to preach about … More Reviewing Channel 4’s Investigation into ISIS Sympathisers
Since Friday there has been heated discussion in the news as to whether France’s bombardment of ISIS strongholds in Syria is justified, and more poignantly whether it is a moral response to the terrorist attack. I’m keen to see what all of you think on the issue because it is something that has divided opinion. … More Should France launch air strikes against ISIS after Friday’s attack?
This evening I went to a candle lit vigil held at my university in commemoration for those who lost their lives in Paris on Friday, as well as the victims in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. It was a humbling experience just to see so many people come together in unison, all with the same sympathies … More Sheffield Stands in Solidarity