European Politics

<strong></strong>Four reasons to vote in the European Parliamentary elections
European Politics

Four reasons to vote in the European Parliamentary elections

In case you hadn’t heard, with a delay to the Brexit date having been granted until up to the end of October, citizens of the UK can now vote one last time for their representatives in the European Parliament. Turnout in European Parliamentary (EP) elections is notoriously low, with many people considering them second-order elections and opting not to vote, leading to a democratic deficit and the increased strength of more fringe parties when compared to national parliaments. Whatever your views are usually on EP elections, there’s no denying this will be the UK’s most important one yet. So, with all that said, here’s why you should make sure you’re registered to vote by 7 May, and that you hand in your ballot paper on 23 May. 1. Nigel Farage Of course, there’s a bias here. But, thi...
<strong></strong>“The Brexit that was promised cannot be delivered”: Alastair Campbell talks exclusively to The Slant
European Politics, UK Politics

“The Brexit that was promised cannot be delivered”: Alastair Campbell talks exclusively to The Slant

Like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. These are uncertain and volatile times; our country is in a perpetual state of limbo. This week, in particular, proved just how high the tensions are running around the Commons — with the abuse of journalist Owen Jones, and the heckling of Conservative MP Anna Soubry, who live on the BBC was repeatedly called a Nazi and a liar.  Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, in an attempt to tie Theresa May’s hands, parliamentarians rightly took some control away from the executive and handed it back to Parliament. A rebellion of Tory backbenchers forced the Government into losing two historic votes in just under 24 hours; the first limiting the tax powers of the Government in the event of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit; the second forcing Theres...
<strong></strong>Libyan refugees: Europe must think with its heart, not send people back
European Politics, World Politics

Libyan refugees: Europe must think with its heart, not send people back

They leave Tripoli under the dark veil of the night. Huddled indiscriminately aboard patchworked boats, barely floating, inching northwards. They dream of Europe and its values, praying its security will fall upon them. A smile breaks through a collection of dry, cracked lips, revealing ice-white teeth and parched underused tongues. But the mirage is soon broken. These people are Libyans running from the latest conflict in their homeland. They are denied basic human rights back home and they will soon be denied them in the waters of Europe. Shunned by their mythical heroes who have no obligations of care or acceptance. Their dainty ships are blockaded by EU vessels, towed back to Libyan beaches. Defenceless passengers dumped, soon pouring onto the battlefields they once so desperately cra...