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Classism: A distraction from the pinch of poverty

Classism: A distraction from the pinch of poverty

Andrew Thorpe-Apps December 22, 2012 5

Tony Blair once declared that ‘the class war is over.’ For all the man’s faults (and there are too many to list here) Blair was correct to turn Labour away from senseless class-bashing and

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Judicial Independence and Parliamentary sovereignty

Judicial Independence and Parliamentary sovereignty

Backbencher December 22, 2012 2

James Sharpe. ‘The supremacy of Parliament is still the general principle of our constitution.’ Those were the words of Lord Steyn in R (Jackson) v Attorney-General in 2005. In one sentence he summed up

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Review: The Great Dictator

Review: The Great Dictator

Laveen Ladharam December 21, 2012 1

You’ll probably wonder why I’m reviewing a film that was released in 1940. Well, I discovered the film was on YouTube in its entirety and I finally got to watch it during some highly

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The Weekly Report – 21/12/12

The Weekly Report – 21/12/12

Backbencher December 21, 2012 0

Andrew Thorpe-Apps reviews the week’s top stories. A police officer was arrested on suspicion of falsely purporting to be a member of the public who had witnessed Andrew Mitchell call police officers ‘plebs’. A

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New Year’s Eve In London: 5 Ways To Celebrate In Style

New Year’s Eve In London: 5 Ways To Celebrate In Style

Backbencher December 20, 2012 0

If you’re like me, you may not be fully persuaded by New Year’s Eve: a milestone it may be, but like so many events it can end up being underwhelming due to the insurmountable

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‘Django Unchained’: Tarantino Does It Again

‘Django Unchained’: Tarantino Does It Again

Lauren O'Callaghan December 20, 2012 1

After the great success of his latest film Inglourious Basterds even Quentin Tarantino might have felt a bit apprehensive about presenting his next film to the world but, if so, he needn’t have felt

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Our top 5 tips for surviving the Apocalypse.

Our top 5 tips for surviving the Apocalypse.

Milton December 20, 2012 1

  With the end of all time coming tomorrow, we here at the Backbencher have decided to give you a handy guide on what to do, and how to enjoy the End of Days. Remember,

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Foreign Affairs News Round Up Week 51

Foreign Affairs News Round Up Week 51

Lee Jenkins December 20, 2012 2

  South Korea has elected its first female president. The 18th president of the republic was named Park Geun-hye was announced yesterday. A ceremonial role, the new president  has been well received, despite being

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The One Cut Libertarians Should Oppose: Infant Circumcision

The One Cut Libertarians Should Oppose: Infant Circumcision

Lee Jenkins December 20, 2012 37

  As libertarianism gains prominence, so the definition of it will broaden, in the same way that anybody vaguely Left Wing can call themselves a socialist. But for the uninitiated, libertarianism is a world

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The UKIP Threat…To Labour?

The UKIP Threat…To Labour?

Lee Jenkins December 20, 2012 11

Untapped Reserves: UKIP & The Traditional Labour Voter   As I’ve talked about previously, UKIP is a curious beast, yet from the outside we look rather one dimensional. The stereotypical UKIP member is a

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