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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 the Vaccine Blood Clot Concerns tell us About Gender Inequality

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The link between vaccines and blood clots As the UK takes its first tentative steps back to normality and pub gardens open their doors for the first time since December, glasses are being raised around the country to the NHS vaccine rollout. Despite concerns being raised about the vaccine resulting in an increased chance of …

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What Does Suez Tell Us About Modern Trade

In 1956 the closure of the Suez Canal resulted in international trade being brought to a standstill. The importance of Suez as a link between the Middle East, Africa and Asia meant that the global economy was reliant on vessels being able to pass through freely. In 1956 two thirds of the oil used by …

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Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak’s Reputation On The Line

When Rishi Sunak sets out his Budget on Wednesday, his credentials as Chancellor will undergo their first real public examination. He is faced with the unenviable task of overseeing the UK economy’s recovery from the third national lockdown, with the economy having been in various stages of closure for almost a year. The country’s finances …

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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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