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Bury Austerity: it has no place in the future of our politics

Last week, The Beaver published an opinion article which argued that austerity was a policy which “should be put back on the menu” of politics. I write today in response to that article, and to argue against such claim. Both…

May needs to shape up or ship out

This country is currently walking down a distinctive path leading to a dangerous cross-road: In under five years, we will soon have the choice between stability and recovery, or a hard-line return to the debt explosive socialism of the 1970s.…

Sharing blame: Why the Catalan issue is not a good vs bad story

Some people have been trying to depict the Catalan ‘referendum’ as a story of a bad repressive state vs a good oppressed people. That is clearly not the case and blame should be allocated correctly. The Catalan government are the…

Catalan Independence Debunked

Catalonia is the autonomous community which contributes most to the Gross Domestic Product of Spain, providing around 19%. An autonomous region that prospered largely thanks to the work of immigrants, mostly from other areas of Spain, and a community that…

UK fails to grasp EU’s internal logic

In this year’s first edition of the Beaver, editor Alan Locke argued that the EU had “shown its true colours”, due to its pushing for further military integration and completion of the Eurozone, whilst simultaneously showing intent to punish Great…

Who Will Curb Escalation In Catalonia?

Emotions are running high these days in Catalonia and the rest of Spain. On Sunday, the Catalan Government held a referendum that the Spanish Constitutional Court had previously declared illegal. The clashes between the Spanish Police officers, the Guardia Civil…

Austria’s slide to the right

Next Sunday, on October 15th, Austria will be called to vote for the new national parliament. The election became necessary after the coalition of Social Democrats and Christian Conservatives broke up over several latent conflicts this summer. Alongside the Social…

Catalonia and the Rights of Small Nations

Last Sunday, we witnessed shocking scenes in Barcelona and Catalonia as the Spanish police seek to clamp down on the independence referendum being held by the Catalonian people that was sanctioned by the Catalonian government. What makes it most shocking…

Comment: Vegas Massacre

The Vegas Massacre of October 2nd is another stark reminder that current gun control laws are a failure in the United States. This is not the first time politicians have failed the people they are elected to protect and represent,…

The Missiles of October 2017

A specious assumption lies at the heart of the much of the debate surrounding the current crisis in North Korea: that the actions of Donald Trump or Kim Jong Un are the most likely cause of war between their two…