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Person of the Year 2018: Declan Donnelly

Declan Donnelly (Image: Smooth Radio) Every year, TIME Magazine give their verdict on who is their "Person of the Year". It is a hugely iconic feature which recognises the world's biggest moments of the past twelve months and link it to one person or a group of people. The title has given the honours this year to journalists who have either died or been imprisoned, simply for doing their job. One of the biggest cases came from Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi who was brutally murdered in Istanbul in Turkey, creating a diplomatic headache for allies of Saudi Arabia. For the last couple of years, I've done my own little version of "Person of the Year". I mentioned a few names for 2016 because that was a rather tumultuous year and there were several uplifting stories that needed to be recognised. For 2017, I couldn't look any further than Meghan Markle who wouldn't surprise me if she'd be TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" o

Theresa's special number and what she should do with it

Theresa May's challenges aren't restricted to the devolved nations (Image: Leaving the European Union would result in the UK being £394 million better off, every week . This is apparently how much Westminster pays to Brussels for EU membership. If this figure is actually true, it gives the British government a perfect opportunity to layout plans in how they'd spend this huge chunk of money, benefitting the disadvantaged and disengaged members of society. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Theresa May has already set out her plans to spend, spend, spend and I strongly believe it's a wasted opportunity. She's decided to go the " Boris route " and say all of this dosh is off to the NHS. Don't get me wrong, I strongly encourage effective funding towards our Health Service. As I've argued in the past however, throwing money at problems NHS face won't solve the pressures they face on a daily basis. In my view, current inve

Get off your high horses, Tories

Theresa May is under massive pressure (Image: Sky News) This may surprise you, but it is a politicians' responsibility to inspire our current and future generations. What they do is so important, those who are democratically elected should never take their roles for granted. They receive at least £75,000 per year, it is vital to many they show their true value. With that responsibility comes attitude and professionalism. Every politician holds significant power to change the way communities operate, influencing how society works. They are hugely influential individuals, heavily publicised in this over-exposed world. Their words and actions are gold dust and could be the difference between life and death for those they represent. I don't want to give politicians credit or an inflated ego, but they sign up to being a Member of Parliament. It's a big and privileged task they're given. I can list a large handful those who thrive upon that responsibility, and are n

It's time to enjoy Twitter again

Twitter HQ (Image: Next month will mark nine years since I registered as a user of social media giant Twitter. When I signed up to the site in 2009, I found myself engrossed by the complete randomness of it all. What had drawn me over to the page was my desire to totally embrace the daily lives of household names. Please bear in mind, this was during my journalism degree so my media instincts were beginning to be switched on. Anyhow, Twitter was a website which guaranteed the closest access we would ever get to the hottest names. Many, like me, were delighted to see that our favourite pop stars scoff some Corn Flakes, or endorsed a daft dog video. If you were lucky, you'd receive a 'like' or a response from a so-called 'celebrity'. Heck, I was delighted when I got an 'x' from Carol Vorderman that one time. Twitter, just like their rivals Facebook and Instagram, was designed for the user to escape from the big, bad world outside. And Twi

UK set for Noel Edmonds-type 'Brexit'

Noel Edmonds on 'Deal or No Deal' set (Image: Twenty-two identical boxes, a quarter-of-a-million-pounds, there's just one question: Deal or No Deal. The Channel Four hit daytime TV show may have been cancelled nearly two years to this day , it's crazy to think that this question - while, apparently, in a completely different context - is still buzzing in people's minds. I added the word 'apparently' there, because there are genuine similarities between Noel Edmond's lovechild, that graced our screens for eleven years, and Theresa May's lovechild, that is boiling our brains at this very moment. Think about it; every weekday, Deal or No Deal invited 22 eccentric contestants to the show, all vowing to hit the jackpot. Each individual is given an opportunity to take the spotlight. When it's their episode, box-by-box, they reveal their compromise - the chance of not winning each box's worth. Along the way, that nominated con

Polls: Who do you want running the UK?

Following British politics is exhausting. August is meant to be among the quietest months regarding political affairs, but in 2018, this statement has become archaic. With conference season set to begin, it is hard for any leader, regardless of the Party they represent, to deliver a speech to inspire the majority. Theresa May can't even jiggle in peace without people unleashing their inner-Craig Revel Horwood . Politics today has never been so volatile. Many voters are confused by where they see themselves on the political scale. Some Conservative voters aren't a fan of their leader Theresa May but don't want Boris Johnson to replace her. Some Labour voters are angst by the fact Jeremy Corbyn is still leader, but are at a loss as to who they believe can succeed him. This is where I get ambitious. I am inviting you to share your thoughts. I have two relatively straightforward questions for you to answer. They may offer fascinating findings, yet it could also lead to a sm