Firstly and crucially, just in case this myth hasn’t been comprehensively debunked for everyone yet; Labour never promised to abolish existing student debt. No pledge. No promise. No bullet point in the manifesto. The ridiculous distortions whipped up by the media aside, some have criticised Corbyn for outlining an ambition so close to Election Day, […]

Originally published at Backbench UK on 3rd December: http://www.bbench.co.uk/single-post/2016/12/03/The-shocking-hypocrisy-surrounding-Castros-death In the days following the passing of the political titan Fidel Castro, the overwhelming reaction of the British political classes has been to treat the death of an unscrupulous tyrant as a triumph. This is not to say a reaction of the other extreme, albeit less common, […]

The Labour Party is currently in a state of disarray, bordering on civil war. The leadership election was long, bruising, exciting, divisive, and historic. There were highs and lows for all camps, but there was a clear and conclusive winner. Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader by the largest democratic mandate in Labour Party history. One […]

Barack Obama has come under heavy fire in recent years for the way he’s conducted US foreign policy. Ranging from Libya, to Iraq and Afghanistan, to Syria, to China and Asia, to Cuba and Gitmo, to Iran, and to Israel and Palestine, during his tenure as President, Obama has faced some monumental foreign policy challenges, […]

Extreme Cuts? Labour are on the offensive. Ed Balls has claimed that to follow through on the promises made in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, particularly the pledge to achieve a budget surplus of £23.1bn by 2019-20, and the infamous £7 billion of tax cuts, the Conservatives would have to implement £70 billion of painful cuts […]

Mr Murdoch, Your moral compass has always had a tendency to stray off course, but yesterday you sunk to new lows. You took to Twitter, and mindlessly typed the words; “Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.” Soon after, you perhaps tried to […]

As I am currently living and working on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, the recent Lindt Café siege really hit home with me. It has dominated the dinner table conversations of most Australians all month, and the tragedy has invoked a great deal of empathy, compassion and solidarity with the families of the victims. Martin’s […]