Storegga – The 8000-year-old wave that shapes British politics

By Oliver A. Britain has not always been an island. For most of human history the area now known as Great Britain was attached to Europe as a peninsular. 8000 years ago, a tsunami, called Storegga, broke the land-link between England and France. Megan Lane in a BBC article titled ‘The moment Britain became anContinue reading “Storegga – The 8000-year-old wave that shapes British politics”

Interview with Lord Waldegrave – Eton College Provost

Lord Waldegrave was interviewed on Friday 22nd April by Alex B – Editor for The Speaker Alex had the privilege of interviewing the school’s provost earlier this term. Discussed in that meeting were subjects ranging from the layout of Westminster all the way to meeting chairman Mao, and the tensions between Western powers and Russia.Continue reading “Interview with Lord Waldegrave – Eton College Provost”

Codified constitution: a remedy for UK democracy?

By Rameen P In recent years, calls have grown for the UK to adopt a codified constitution. Having a single document where fundamental laws and the overall political system are explained would reduce the need for conventions, outline how power is distributed, and arguably better protect our rights. Although many of the dangers a codifiedContinue reading “Codified constitution: a remedy for UK democracy?”

The story of Smethwick 1964: Britain’s most racist election

By Wilkie D In the 1964 general election, the incumbent Conservative government was ousted by the Labour Party. The incoming Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, won with a wafer-thin majority of four. However, one constituency bucked this trend. The constituency of Smethwick, a suburb 4 miles west of Birmingham city centre, voted for the Conservative candidateContinue reading “The story of Smethwick 1964: Britain’s most racist election”

Oh Not ANOTHER Scandal!

By Ivan A The Profumo Affair of 1963 is one of the most well-known political scandals in British history. Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, was accused of having an affair with British model, Christine Keeler who was also simultaneously having an affair with Soviet spy, Eugene Ivanov. Profumo was brought before the HouseContinue reading “Oh Not ANOTHER Scandal!”

Johnson and His Government are Damaging British Democracy

By Grey G Consistently throughout his reign, Boris Johnson has ignored and undermined democracy. At the end of August 2019, through the use of his royal prerogative power, he advised the Queen to prorogue Parliament for five weeks in a blatant attempt to prevent MPs from fulfilling their constitutional functions. Parliament is usually adjourned atContinue reading “Johnson and His Government are Damaging British Democracy”