On Matt Hancock and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!

By Sinead D Matt Hancock, Conservative MP for West Suffolk and former Health Secretary, has recently confirmed his appearance in the TV series “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here”: a British reality TV show set in the forests of Australia where celebrity contestants must complete gruelling physical challenges whilst having no contact withContinue reading “On Matt Hancock and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!”

An investigation into the changes at the top of the UK government since Johnson’s resignation

By Angus M The last two months have been a turbulent time for British politics. The public has seen three different Conservative Prime Ministers, within the same government, and has experienced a litany of cabinet changes, along with policy U-turns and a significant economic shock. I thought it interesting to explore the changes within theContinue reading “An investigation into the changes at the top of the UK government since Johnson’s resignation”

Why do UK governments typically fall after 15 years?

By Hasan A If we were to look at the periods of single-party dominance over the last 100 years, we would easily notice that not one government has survived for much more than 15 years. No party seems capable of retaining power for much longer – with even Thatcher and Major’s governments falling after 18Continue reading “Why do UK governments typically fall after 15 years?”

Was Queen Elizabeth a powerful political force?

By Alex B After news broke of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September the 8th shockwaves were sent around the United Kingdom and to many parts of the world. Many in Britain and elsewhere would have found it near impossible to imagine a world without the long-reigning monarch after a historic 70-year reign.Continue reading “Was Queen Elizabeth a powerful political force?”

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”