Articles by: Luke Shaw

‘Fear and Trembling’ or ‘An Idiot Sandwich’?

‘Fear and Trembling’ or ‘An Idiot Sandwich’?

I’m no great patriot, but feel confident declaring that the United Kingdom is neither 52 percent ‘stupid’ nor 52 percent racist. Concerns about immigration were deemed to be the prime mover of Brexit, yet even so, I was reluctant to myopically interpret this as simple racism.

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3 Really Weird Quirks of Political Language in the US

3 Really Weird Quirks of Political Language in the US

Orwell, in his essay, ‘Politics and the English Language’ bemoans the fact that political language consists “largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness.” This is a consequence of hiding the true meaning of statements to avoid visible contradictions (between the aims and actions of parties), and in general, to hide negative content. However, the decadence of political language has increased since Orwell.

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Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn during a Labour Leadership and Deputy Leadership Hustings at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 28, 2015. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The UK’s Red Tide?

Currently, Labour is a weak and fragmented party that has a confused sense about what to do. It will not provide the singular platform necessary to articulate a coherent left-wing message, even if it had the leader to do it. Corbyn is a deserved product of Labour’s travails; but he is not the person the party, nor the left, needs right now.

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