Shortlisted for the Terry Kelly Poetry Prize, this political limerick by North-East born John Lennox takes aim at ‘small-town’ abandonment by prevailing British governments.
Unleashed from the shackles of pretence, this was probably the most honest and important dissection of contemporary culture that I have seen in a British gallery to-date.
Cambridge’s ‘most unequal’ title will not vanish with the announcement of an access scheme that offers initially-rejected, ‘disadvantaged’ students a ‘second chance’ to get into Cambridge if their A-Level grades were better than predicted. This is a lazy measure: true endeavours to diversify Cambridge’s homogeneous student body would involve reducing offer grades for the poorest students.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is right to note that the similarities between Theresa May and Robert Peel are striking. But while the ERG-frontman is warning the Prime Minister against reaching out to the opposition (in the same way Peel did in 1846), that’s now exactly what’s needed to overcome the Brexit impasse. Especially given the humiliating cross-party reception her half-hearted Stronger Regions Fund has received nationwide.
Regional neglect benefits nobody: it only furthers political and economic division. Top universities must implement clear targets to recruit students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods outside of London and the South-East before it’s too late.
The Prime Minister’s rumoured hand-outs to Northern industrial and mining constituencies in return for backing her Brexit deal is cynical in the extreme. But in weaponising government credit, Theresa May has invalidated austerity as a necessary political project. Now Labour can fight the next general election with a credible alternative.
1066 is an important date in British history. It was the year William the Conqueror landed in Hastings ready to wrench the throne from the deserving (and probably dashing) English King, Harold Godwinson. But this didn’t just initiate sweeping changes in landscapes and government. It launched Anglo-Saxon England into a turbulent millennia of North-South civil unrest which continues to this day.
The Brexit impasse is maddening for ordinary voters who seek clarification and compromise from the British governing class — but it’s not the only reason the public is growing frustrated with their elected Members of Parliament.
According to Sajid Javid’s most recent propaganda efforts, the landing of 239 asylum seekers on UK territory between November and January warrants a ‘crisis’ level political response. This is no doubt part of his increasingly self-delusional efforts to assume leadership of the Conservative Party — we should ignore him like the petulant child he is.
The student-run anti-Brexit group For Our Future’s Sake has this month released an exposé on the ‘real agenda’ of the so-called ‘Brextremists’. The unsubtle attempt by FFS to vilify those on the political right showcases the hard-left’s equally explicit political agenda: that of overturning Brexit at any cost.