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The 12 days of Politic-mas

The 12 days of political Christmas. Yes, it sounds bizarre. But then, 2017 has been very, very weird. So, rather than bringing any sense to proceedings, let us instead add some winter fuel to that festive lunacy fire by recapping …

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Ignore the hype – these are England’s Ashes

CHOO CHOO “Wait, what’s that?” As Christmas approaches, you might be forgiven for wondering if the faint whistle you hear as the snow begins to fall is that of the mystical Polar Express steaming along. Christmas spirit, Christmas cheer! Alas, …

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Jared O’Mara and the Unforgiving Eternity of the Internet

‘Just cos he writes about gayness and gay issues, doesn’t mean he drives up the marmite motorway.’ ‘I just think that this story is much more poignantly romantic than fudge packing Jake.’ ‘A rhythm section that’s tighter than your mother …

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A politician holds true to his religious beliefs – so what?

It’s a strange paradox of the world we now live in. We spend all of our lives hearing about how we need more politicians who stay true to their principles and refuse to simply sway with public opinion. Then, when …

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Does the power of celebrity have a place in politics?

Hollywood loves an underdog story. Rocky, Seabiscuit, Trump? Well, perhaps not quite. The world of celebrity (Clint Eastwood aside, no relation) was eerily quiet at Trump’s ascension to the presidency. It seemed a script that even the zaniest Hollywood writer …

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18 Political Campaign Ads that made me question my reality

If anyone ever tells you they are having a bad day, don’t listen to them, because they haven’t spent the last five hours watching Political Campaign Ads/Songs. With the Snap Election just days away, let’s all come together and bask …

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#EdBallsDay & The Best of Political Tweets

  "I know it was you, Fredo…." pic.twitter.com/RGHQRlnLyP — Marina Hyde (@MarinaHyde) June 28, 2016 Personal reputation masterstroke or fortunate blunder? That could be the tagline of Ed Balls’ entire life to date. Unfathomably worse at Twitter than he is …

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Chef leaves the kitchen, Root gets cooking

Alastair Cook was a very British captain. Solid, dependable, conservative, if perhaps a little uninspiring. A steady hand rather than a dashing innovator. Joe Root’s ascendancy to the England captaincy will show him to be a very different man. Root …

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Could Social Media Save English Cricket?

For cricket fans the world over, 2005 evokes every superlative in the cliché book. The Greatest Ashes Series of all time, the series to end all series, theatre on an unparalleled scale in the history of cricket. What a load …

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The Weird and Wonderful World of Political Christmas Cards

By Peter Jackson Eastwood & Emily Burditt. It’s the festive season, so what better way to celebrate than to forensically examine just how appalling Politicians Christmas Cards are? Welcome to the strange and wonderful world of political Christmas cards… Nigel Evans …

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Trump, Brexit, Corbyn – the rules of political engagement have changed

Bandying about insults, interrupting his opponent, a winding monologue packed with hyperbole and absent of any detail. Casual observers of US politics could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled upon an episode of The Apprentice. Except it couldn’t be …

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Will the Relentless Commercialisation of Sport Continue?

The monetisation of sport in the UK is hitting heights in 2016 that were scarcely conceivable just a few years ago. Football has been revolutionised by the astronomical money that the Premier League TV deals have brought in. Cricket could …

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