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MPs need to back Corbyn

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Now the leadership circus is over, Labour must unite behind Corbyn On Saturday Jeremy Corbyn won 62% of the vote in a landslide victory against his challenger, Owen Smith, for the Labour leadership election. The result shows once and for all, if anyone was in doubt, that Labour members categorically back Corbyn and his vision for the Labour Party and the country. It is a plain fact that Labour MPs…

A Liberal Manifesto: How we defend globalisation post-Brexit

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The vote to Leave the EU on June 23rd was not just about the EU; it was a vote against globalisation and a defeat for liberalism. Of course, the arguments were made in the context of the EU, but the issues that were debated were much broader.  The vote to Leave was a vote against immigration.  It was a vote against ‘established’ economics.  It was a vote against internationalism.  It…

A Country of Contrasts

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By Martyn Wong. Over 155 years ago, Charles Dickens penned the famous introduction to ‘A Tale of Two Cities’: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the…

An International Relations account of Brexit

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On the morning of June 25th, I woke up, as many of us, to the unexpected result that 51.9% of Britain had voted to leave the European Union. As a French citizen, whose father is British, mum is French and was born in Brussels (but lived in New York, Geneva and Brussels before coming to study in London – typical LSE story), I first and foremost feel strongly European. So as…

Close, but no Brexit

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By Leighton Hughes. The debate continues to rage around Britain’s referendum on the European Union, as it should for such an important decision. It is my firm belief that Brexit will not happen –  athough it will be fairly close run. As we enter the final phase, there are some fundamentals that must be considered as to the reason for this. They revolve around there being no modern precedent for…

Breconomics: The Overwhelming Economic Case for Bremain

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Economists never agree. That is almost a given. For virtually every issue imaginable there will be a real divide within the profession; from how high taxes should be levied to the best ways to tackle poverty; from the size of government to the economic effects of immigration. Yet it would appear that there is one issue that sees economists united. 88% of economists believe that Brexit would be likely to…

An Electric Victory for Democracy

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by Bobby Gard-Storry, It started with a lone voice from the back of the hall, cutting through the hubbub: “Ron! Ron! Ron!” Within seconds it had spread, and the chant reverberated through the Venue: “RON! RON! RON!” The rallying cry of democracy was in full force, and the moment was electric. Anybody who stayed home to finish watching the new season of House Of Cards, instead of attending Results Night…

The Problem With Voting Blocs

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by Hari Prabu, As I walked out of the old Beaver office in my first year, I asked another campaigner who was among the twenty or so people who had gathered secretively to Back Barnett and had even insisted on a code word to get entry into the room. He replied succinctly but rather ominously, “They’re hacks.” From that point onwards, I gradually became a cynic with regards to Students’…

When Student Politics Came of Age

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by Nadeem Shad, LSE Alumnus The events of the past few weeks concerning elections at the LSESU are nothing short of the best entertainment that the LSE has had in recent years. It highlights both the best and the worst of student politics. However, before we judge the entire affair as petty, consign it to the history books and chalk it up to a case of typically over-serious student electioneering, we…

Personality, Progressivism, and Potential Problems

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by Benjamin Thomas,  It’s not a fresh story anymore to reference the exceptional rise of Bernie Sanders in the US Democratic primaries. This older former-independent Senator has managed to galvanise support, particularly among young students and has pushed progressivism into the spotlight during the Democratic debates and campaigns. None of this was expected a year ago when his campaign began, when Hillary Rodham Clinton was considered the de facto heir-apparent…