Politics

Editorial: The Grand Old Party’s Last Gasp
US Politics

Editorial: The Grand Old Party’s Last Gasp

They know the President is toast. But can the GOP even survive defeat when they bet it all on Trump? THE moment Republicans threw open arms around their presidential nominee in 2016, in an act of political desperation, the Grand Old Party (GOP) began its metamorphosis into the Cult of Trump. Moderate Republicans distanced themselves from their own party in disgust as Trump's misinformation, incompetence and shameless bombast became the norm. Those that remained either capitulated like invertebrates in pathetic fealty to their new leader, like Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, or came to receive the relentless ire of Trump's bullying rhetoric, like John McCain or Jeff Flake. The metamorphosis was complete: Trump, just like a gangland mob boss, owned the Republican Party, from the party machinery...
<strong></strong>Covid-19: a window of opportunity for better global governance
World Politics

Covid-19: a window of opportunity for better global governance

It's been three months since Europe became the epicentre of the global Covid-19 pandemic, and six months since it was first discovered in China in December 2019. Yet, in that short period the virus has both revealed and inflamed the deep structural issues that exist throughout the globe — both in the domestic and international spheres. More importantly, the virus has accelerated a tumultuous shift in the international system — one that has been anticipated by those who have followed international politics for some time. This shift refers to the changing role of the US in international affairs. Since the end of the Cold War the US has been able to claim global hegemony — being the cornerstone of the liberal world order that governs the interstate system. Its unipolar moment has spanned t...
Extinction Rebellion’s latest actions have ripped the lid off a Pandora’s box of issues
Climate and Environment, Politics, UK Politics

Extinction Rebellion’s latest actions have ripped the lid off a Pandora’s box of issues

Extinction Rebellion has always been criticised for its lack of diversity. Their very policy of striking is supported by people who can afford to possibly lose their job or not work, meaning that they have always risked being out of touch with those less fortunate. Image Credit: Alexander Savin via Wikimedia Commons Their stint on the tube on Thursday shows just how much of a gap in understanding, as well as an ignorance, still exists within the group. Early in the morning, a protester decided to sit on the top of a tube carriage at Canning Town station, one of the poorest areas of London. For many people here, their jobs are their lifeline and they cannot risk tardiness. It seems that this particular staging was not even thought through, with many taking to twitter yesterd...