Does anyone care about Lords Reform?

June 17, 2012 9:22 am0 comments
Does anyone care about Lords Reform?

On Wednesday a parliamentary bill to introduce a mainly elected House of Lords will be published. Inside the so-called ‘Westminster bubble’, MPs are jostling for position while trying to work out who will support the Government’s plans and who will vote against the proposed legislation. The bill has strong support […]

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Public depravation, Nazis, Thieves and Politics

June 12, 2012 10:34 pm0 comments
Public depravation, Nazis, Thieves and Politics

 Odd happenings seen through wild Romanian eyes “Maybe this is the way it is for everybody, only you are weaker, or less lucky, or have seen something they all have not.” – Nick McDonell, Twelve A few months ago, on the 7th of April 2012, whilst the rich were attending […]

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God Save The Queen?

June 9, 2012 10:23 am1 comment
God Save The Queen?

Suffice it to say I grew up in a house where the Sex Pistols were played at me loudly from a young age. But I can’t deny that there have been two events in my time in London, where there has been a sense of community: the Royal Wedding and […]

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Proud to be British

June 6, 2012 6:02 pm0 comments
Proud to be British

On a recent trip to England, I was struck by the amount of Union Jacks to be found on just about everything one can buy alongside many shops crammed with royal family merchandise. Admittedly, I have not visited for some time, but I could feel something of a buzz in […]

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Why we’ve not been Drama Queens over the Diamond Jubilee

June 5, 2012 3:22 pm0 comments
Why we’ve not been Drama Queens over the Diamond Jubilee

When I began writing this article I was bordering on cynical, but perhaps that’s just me feeling bitter and selfish for the fact that despite it being called the ‘Royal Mail’, the people in the postal service are (and rightly so) enjoying the double bank holiday meaning I won’t get the […]

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The art of grinning and bearing it.

June 4, 2012 7:26 pm0 comments
The art of grinning and bearing it.

I’m just going to come right out and say it. The current state of jubilation and excitement in the UK is making me feel rather giddy and sick. Like a cheesecake with slightly too much cheese, or the chocolate fudge cake that’s slightly too rich, I am feeling emotionally bloated by the […]

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Giving India an identity

12:33 pm0 comments
Giving India an identity

“The true democrat is he who with purely non-violent means defends his liberty and, therefore, his country’s and ultimately that of the whole of mankind.” – Mahatma Ghandi Despite India being the biggest democracy in the world, democracy is failing the majority of the country’s inhabitants, with a large number […]

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Manual Scavenging

June 3, 2012 12:45 pm0 comments
Manual Scavenging

“I would rather that my whole family die of hunger than to let my daughter do the work I do.” “I’d rather that my children do anything other than this, anything at all.” says Shanta Balmike, a manual scavenger. Armed with nothing but their hands, close to a million ‘manual […]

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