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Mark Docherty - Politics Contributor

I am a student whose primary interest lies in politics and current affairs. This has led me to develop a passion for journalism as the media is vital for free states to function transparently.

What does the Brexit deal mean for the future of the UK?

When the news broke on Christmas Eve that Boris Johnson and his negotiating team had agreed a Brexit trade deal, there was a mood of celebration in government. This was accompanied by the relief of much of the public, as a dreaded no-deal Brexit finally seemed to have been avoided. Keir Starmer’s confirmation that the …

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Is Data Dehumanising our Politics?

Over the last few months we have learned that people hate being boxed in. We have been stuck indoors for much of 2020, and are still having to adjust to our lives being regulated more closely. Obviously, these are necessary sacrifices for the good of the population. However, people are also finding themselves unnecessarily locked …

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The Crown’s conversations help us understand our history

The way we are educated about our past is always a contentious issue, never more so than over the past year. Our shared past shapes our views and behaviour, which makes it vital that we understand it. Yet both sides of the political divide feel that ideology influences the issues which are covered in school …

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Patel’s protest proclamations risk politicising police

The events of recent weeks have proved, if it was ever up for debate, that the American policing system is not fit for purpose. The latest in a string of racially-motivated killings, and the response to the subsequent demonstrations, should have been enough to convince anybody to steer clear of a similar justice system. Anybody …

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COVID-19: A chance for social media to show worth?

The current coronavirus pandemic is causing disruption to normal life which, for many people my age and older, is unprecedented. Already we are seeing public events, sporting fixtures and even blockbuster films being postponed or cancelled due to the threat the virus would pose for public gatherings. Italy, France and the Republic of Ireland were …

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Why Big Ben’s Brexit bongs would set the wrong tone for Britain

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With Brexit day being on the horizon, the formalities of Britain’s initial exit from the EU have been given the go-ahead by Parliament. The necessary legislation was given royal assent last week, meaning it has been written into law and the government can now turn its focus to negotiations on the future relationship with the …

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The UK Constitution Cannot Be Exploited for Political Gain

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The UK is often referred to as an elective dictatorship, where the elected government is handed wide-ranging powers for the duration of their term in office with minimal checks on this power. In the absence of an American-style written constitution, the relatively few checks and balances on governmental power has the potential to be exploited …

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