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PP Issue 1: Editorial

In Charlie Edwards on March 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

Over the next few days, we are going to be posting some of the original articles from the first issue of the magazine released in December 2010, as we get ready for Issue 2. Here is Charlie Edwards‘ editorial from the first magazine: Read the rest of this entry »

Political Promise: A Year On

In Matt Gardner on January 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Matt Gardner looks at what Political Promise has achieved a year on.

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Why the bank must hold its nerve

In Ani Mathur on January 24, 2011 at 10:39 am

Anirudh Mathur explains why the Bank of England must hold the base rate at 0.5% Read the rest of this entry »

So, do young people have a voice now?

In Charlie Edwards on October 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Charlie Edwards was in the studio for BBC Three’s “Young Voters Question Time” and gives his thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »

An Invitation- Gap Year Opportunity

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I can confidently say that Political Promise is the biggest voice of the young generation; seeking to disprove the negative media portrayal we receive by providing political commentary in an accesible and interesting fashion. Completely maintained by students, we understand what some students are going through today. A reported 200,000 of us do not have a place for September. For anyone struggling through clearing, I have the most profoundest sympathies and wish you the best of luck in finding a place.

Political Promise is proud to offer a gap year placement. If you have do not have a place for this autumn, and are looking to reapply next year, and are seeking employment, then we are hiring an Editorial Assistant. This post will combine updating the website regularly, developing the magazine, attracting advertising and developing the website into a national leading political site. It requires a variety of skills: determination, charisma, creativity, ambition and obviously a strong interest in politics. The salary is speculative, depending on the success of the magazine. Working with myself, Deputy Editor Charlotte Jee and our amazing group of writers, this is the perfect opportunity to spend a gap year you will never forget. It is a highly impressive and unique feature to any CV: this opportunity is too good to miss.

There will be a competitive selection process, and you must be available for interview in London in the next two weeks. E-mail your CV to politicalpromise@yahoo.co.uk, where further instruction awaits. Good luck!

In Defence of Women in Politics

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm

By Charlotte Jee

There is much truth to the old adage that you can tell a lot about a man from the woman he chooses to marry, but you can equally tell a lot about our national mindset, with all its prejudices and assumptions, from the treatment in the media of those with the dubious pleasure of being a woman in or around politics. Read the rest of this entry »

Whether it’s Burkas, Bombs or the BBC; Integration is the Key in Race Politics

In Charlie Edwards on July 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm

This week, Political Promise has featured some interesting debates that polarised opinion. Each one is about tolerance, diversity and the politics of race. We live in a liberal society, so anyone advocating intolerance is immediately shunned. It’s hard to regard those who ban the burka as ‘intolerant’, when the burka is, in its nature, an item which does not promote tolerance (it dehumanises women, it is anti-social, it creates barriers between our cultures). Jordan Childs wrote an excellent piece on this topic, as the French government have announced they are to ban the Islamic headwear in public, should Britain do the same? Read the rest of this entry »

The flawed logic at the heart of drug policy

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm

By Charlotte Jee

With the headlines full of ideas and appraisals on the new governments’ policies, one policy has not yet received the scrutiny it deserves: the war on drugs.

It is safe to say that the war on drugs has failed. The Conservatives successfully managed to dodge the issue of drug policy in the run-up to the general election, perhaps because, in reality, there is very little difference between their approach and that of the former Labour government. But the voices calling for them to assess current UK policy on drugs are getting louder every day: it is untenable for the government to ignore this issue any longer. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wider Issue of British Foreign Policy

In Charlie Edwards on June 21, 2010 at 8:33 am

By Charlie Edwards

How other countries view Britain has always been a mystery. We are a proud nation, slightly embarrassed by our oppressive periods in the history of the ’empire’, but on the whole ready and able to get on with everybody. Of course, with a sly mention of the Beatles, ‘we once owned a quarter of the world’ and of course, the 1966 World Cup, the world’s agreement of Britain’s likeability occasionally suffers a few blips. There are times where it is en vogue to hate the British. The USA happily rolls out the ‘Special Relationship’ cliché, but also celebrates numerous festivals of American independence from British rule. Anti-Britishness is rife in backward redneck areas of America, and there is a similar story to be told in other former colonies.

The British Petroleum oil disaster has reignited some of this bitter sentiment. British Petroleum, you ask? Oh that’s what we used to call BP like a hundred years ago, but is what it voluntarily changed its name to; in order to distance America from any blame for this crisis, that happened on their turf, with three other American companies involved in the drilling and funnily enough, a BP board largely populated with Americans. Read the rest of this entry »

Where does the Burden Lie?

In Charlie Edwards on June 12, 2010 at 10:25 am

So this week has been characterised by one of the key flaws of a coalition: mixed messages. The first dent in the Government’s seemingly bulletproof windscreen was the unfortunate resignation of David Laws. Then came comments that Theresa May is not fit to be Home Secretary because she voted against gay equality. Now, a much more significantly, the outcast fractions of both Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties are gathering and making a lot of noise. As the silly man in the Autoglass advert says, if you don’t fix a dent in your windscreen, it could become a crack. In the Government’s case, this could be an imminent worry.

The mixed message has arisen from one of the Liberal Democrat’s greatest policy compromises, no university tuition fees, a cause the Liberals can champion as much as they like as “the Third Party”, but is not fiscally viable as a policy option. In an interview with the Guardian, David Willetts warned that the cost of university tuition was a “burden on the taxpayer that had to be tackled”. Surely this is a statement for the Chancellor to say, Willetts should be quietly championing universities and training. If he sees university education as a burden on the taxpayer, I do not think he is a suitable man to be put in charge of university education. Seated just feet down the frontbench is Simon Hughes, the recently-elected Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, who told BBC that “it would be wrong to put more financial burden on students by way of tuition fees.” Where does the burden lie? Who’s interests do these politicians represent? Willetts is going beyond his university portfolio to get his name in the press for future career prospects. Hughes is alienating himself from the Government to retain his party an ounce of dignity. Read the rest of this entry »