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Category: Politics

Stick it to the man- why we celebrate Guy Fawkes

Stick it to the man- why we celebrate Guy Fawkes

News, Politics, UK
Words: Leanne Hall | Subbed: Brenda Zini Remember, remember, the 5th of November. On the same day, over 400-years-ago, Guy Fawkes intended to blow up parliament. He is one of England’s most infamous villains, so much so that he has an island named after him. But why did Fawkes want to blow up parliament? Contrary to belief, Guy Fawkes was not the mastermind behind the plot, it was led by Robert Catesby. The plot was prepared by a group of Roman Catholics, hiding in alleys, trenching through the sewers in order to kill Protestant King James I. when King James I acceded the throne, Catholics hoped that they would be granted the freedom to openly practice their religion. When this did not ensue, the group decided the next best thing to do was to assassinate King James I and his minist
Trans Londoners come out against benefits disruptions

Trans Londoners come out against benefits disruptions

Activism, Generation Rent, LGBTI+, News, Politics, UK
We all know how annoying changing your details for your bank, passport, or GP can be. Turns out when you're trans and you change your legal gender, the government delays your benefits. Many people are aware of the hurdles transgender people have to jump socially and medically. A poll by YouGov in 2015 even stated that 20% of Londoners would not support their child if they came out as trans. However, most are unaware of the administrative difficulties trans people can face. Changing the name and gender marker on their passport, bank account and NHS records can be time consuming and expensive. Transgender people have been in the spotlight for a while, especially since high profile celebrities such as comedian and London Mayoral candidate, Eddie Izzard came out. Tristan Jones,...
Westminster Sex Scandal reshuffle: What you need to know about the MoD’s new man

Westminster Sex Scandal reshuffle: What you need to know about the MoD’s new man

News, Politics, UK
Prime Minister, Theresa May wasted no time appointing the new Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, after Sir Michael Fallon’s sudden resignation Wednesday evening. The resignation of Sir Michael Fallon has come following recent allegations of sexual harassment amongst MPs and himself in and around Westminster. In his resignation letter shared by the Guardian he says that “many of these are false but I accept that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the Armed forces”. This morning, Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom has brought her own claims against Fallon. The Daily Mail reported that the former Defence Secretary used "vile" language towards Leadsom during a parliamentary meeting six years ago when she had complained of co
Rise in UK bank’s interest rates: Will it affect your student loan

Rise in UK bank’s interest rates: Will it affect your student loan

News, Politics, UK
For the first time in 10 years, UK’s interest rates saw an increase yesterday. What would this mean for students?  The last time interest rates were increased the first iPhone had just been released and Britney was beating a car with an umbrella. The official bank lending rate has raised from 0.25% to 0.5%, it seems small, but this is a big deal. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England says that it may rise twice more over the next three years, as reported by the BBC. A report in The Independent earlier this year saw a sharp increase in inflation, and what does higher inflation mean for the under 30s? As reported by The Voice of London News, the reality is overwhelming. Higher inflation would cause a jump in student loan interest rates- to more than 24 times than that of
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