Tag: politics

Throwing the book at the establishment

Trolling (known as “mockery” in the days before social media made it a slightly warped informal massively multiplayer online game played across social media platforms) is not a common marketing tactic for established scholarly brands but the publishers of the Meriam-Webster dictionary have been

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The joy of being (told you are) right

It feels good to be told you are right, even when you are wrong.  When no-one knows enough facts, it all becomes a whole heap of fun.  The solution might be to slow down and start to explore the fantastic

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EU referendum – advice for students

After a long and sometimes painful period of campaigning, the referendum on UK membership of the EU has resulted in a majority ‘leave’ vote by a narrow margin. I would like to reassure you that, as current students of our

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Free referendum information from Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press have made materials freely available to help you inform yourself about the arguments surrounding the upcoming referendum.

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Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (2000) is here to stay, at least for the moment.  While politicians are renowned for turning their policies around with terrifying alacrity, the the UK Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock confirmed in a statement on

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Introducing the Armed Conflict Database (ACD)

Following a popular trial, we are delighted to present access to the Armed Conflict Database (ACD), which  monitors armed conflicts worldwide focusing on political, military and humanitarian trends in current conflicts from local rebellions to long-term insurgencies, civil wars and inter-state conflicts. 

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JSTOR: a guided journey

Good news for all our budding Arts and Humanities scholars!  JSTOR have just produced a series of subject guides to help you get the most from their resources, including: Books Art & Art History resources Language & Literature resources Political Science resources Education

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Voting – a hard won right

Today is election day, when anyone who is entitled (and has registered) to vote can help choose the composition of the House of Commons for the next parliament.  Taken for granted by many, we only have to look back to

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Magna Carta and the beginnings of modern political rule

Magna Carta, ‘The Great Charter’, paved the way for modern government by establishing in 1225 the principal that no-one, not even the monarch, was above the law and giving all “free men” the right to justice and a fair trial.   While only three clauses are

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Budget Day 2015

Each year the Chancellor of the Exchequer makes the Budget statement to the House of Commons outlining the state of the economy and the Government’s proposals for changes to taxation.  The House of Commons debates the Budget and scrutinises the subsequent

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