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Bring back Kids Company to cut London's knife crime rate

I had fully intended to dedicate this post to previewing the Mayor of London elections, which was due to take place in less than two months' time. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Sadiq Khan will need to wait another year to fight for his place as City Hall's top boss.

The decision to delay the election isn't down to the day itself, but due to the campaign period. While the UK government hasn't advocated a ban on mass gatherings as I write this, the majority of the sporting authorities and local governments have taken actions into their own hands. I feel personally punished with no Premier League or EFL football for at least three weeks.

While I don't want to delve into the coronavirus crisis so much on here, all I will say on the matter are; listen to the facts and don't listen to speculation and hysteria. I strongly feel the media is doing a disservice to its publics by suggesting that some things 'could' happen or it is 'likely…
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All hail, Prime Minister Dominic Cummings

When 14 million Brits turned up to vote for the Conservatives on Thursday 12th December 2019, how many of them did so because they wanted Boris Johnson to continue as Prime Minister? Getting a precise figure for this will be impossible, unless we interviewed every single voter. However, I'm not sure if most of them went to the polls thinking that Johnson won't be the most significant figure in 10 Downing Street.

It has been two months since Johnson won the general election for the Tories and yet there have been decisions made under his watch that has provoked people to say 'Oh, Boris wouldn't have done that'. In recent weeks, we have seen the potentially turbulent future of the BBC discussed, the cherry picking of journalists he wants to brief on important national matters and the sudden resignation of Sajid Javid as Chancellor. Writer and Sky One's The Pledge panellist, Rachel Johnson, also sister of the Prime Minister, insists that the 'reporter ban'…

New Labour leaders need to say loads more than "I will win elections"

The Labour Party leadership contest has begun. Between now and Saturday 4th April, five MPs are vying to become Leader of the Opposition and five more are pitching to be Labour's Deputy Leader. There are lots to be said by all ten over the coming weeks and as a member myself, there is a bigger part of me that is intrigued than nervous about how it all turns out

The current atmosphere in Labour is bruised yet solemn. Since Labour's last election win in 2005, there has been five Prime Ministers, and the last three having come from the Conservatives. And with the general election in December 2019 being such a crushing one for the party in red, there are a host of challenges that their next leaders need to tackle, once they are voted into their roles.

This particular leadership election is one that Labour need to do right. It made a mistake when they voted for two leaders - in Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson as his deputy - when it turned out they were at loggerheads for a large pa…

Don't get too comfortable in Blighty, Americans

I have never been to the United States, but there is a part of me that wants to go tomorrow. I'd love to experience Miami beaches, bask in the Hollywood ambience and visit Seattle simply down to the fact Frasier was based there. There is a general fascination towards its glitz and glamour and intrigue towards its politics because it is overstated, dramatic and bigger than any Coronation Street plot. There is a part of us that craves Americanism to settle in Britain, but at any opportunity that this happens, we cannot wait to get rid of it.

In politics, regardless of a US Presidents' popularity, we often got annoyed by their presence in the UK. Whether it was George W. Bush with Tony Blair and commentators crying foul of their reliance of each other during in the Middle East conflict. Or whether it was Barack Obama and David Cameron with their chummy appearances during state visits and his apparent interference during the EU referendum. Or whether it is Donald Trump being, wel…

JSPrice People of the Year: Coleen Rooney and Dominic Grieve

Looking back, 2019 has been a funny year. For me personally, it has meant two house moves, job changes and watching some unforgettable concerts. But in the outside world - or the UK anyway - it can only be summed up by Brexit and Boris Johnson. At this time of the year, I usually review the past 52 weeks and conclude with who I think is deserving of my Person of the Year accolade (no prizes, I'm afraid). In previous years, the decisions were easy, but for 2019, I found it difficult without even thinking about the nonsense around Brexit and the recent general election.

TIME Magazine's Person of the Year is Greta Thunberg, the teenage environmental campaigner who travelled across continents in an attempt to inspire fellow young people and world leaders to take global warming seriously. Thunberg's instant rise to fame has been admirable to say the least, but her challenge to convince sceptic yet powerful governments in Brazil, China and the United States is a long way from b…

2020 will truly make or break the Tories

This is the fourth general election I have been able to vote in and, quite honestly, the drama that comes with them are never easy to digest and reflect. As many, myself included, predicted the Conservatives and Labour to do as badly as each other, it's the former that stormed to a victory very few anticipated. It isn't the result I had in mind as we soon enter 2020 but somewhat surprisingly, I'm not even bothered by the result (I was immediately after the result, but I've done my reflecting since). In fact, if you look at it, a Tory majority had been coming for a while. They succeeded in 2015 and the 2017 general election was just a blip, now it seems. And as their opponents spent too much time second guessing and playing tactical, with the aim of trying to beat the Tories, the reality completely backfired on them.

Despite trying to get over the result, I remain downbeat about the entire election process. The campaigns from every party has made me cringe, roll my eye…

Vote for party based on when you want the next general election

Good golly, on Thursday 12th December, the UK has to endure yet another general election. When I started this blog shortly after the 2010 election, I could never have anticipated sitting here, analysing our fourth general election this decade. Has the British political scene ever been this turbulent, to ever want the face of Westminster change as often it is today? Yes, actually.

You don't have to look far back to see British politics divided enough for there to be four general elections in the space of ten years. The 1970s saw Edward Heath win the election for the Conservatives in 1970, then in February 1974, Labour formed a minority government under Harold Wilson, and gained ground when the country went to the polls just eight months later. The final election of that decade saw Margaret Thatcher grab the keys to 10 Downing Street, where she stayed for 11 years. We also had four elections in one decade in the 1920s and 50s, and we even had a staggering five general elections in …