News: Five Arrested at Glasgow Pride

Five arrests were made at this year’s Pride Glasgow march on Saturday 19th August. Those arrested, including a minor, had been in separate parts of the march: two had belonged to the left-wing IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) bloc, whereas the other three were protesting the decision for the Gay Police Association Scotland (GPA) to lead the march itself.

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Ancient Laws for Ancient Abuses

 

In what has been described as a ‘marathon trial’, the claims of 40,000 Kenyans seeking compensation for their treatment by the colonial British government during the Mau Mau uprising of 1952-60 are being examined in detail. The solicitors of the Manchester-based Tandem Law firm have now been warned by the Foreign Office that their arguments might be in ‘contempt of parliament’. This is remarkable, as this is an ancient and essentially forgotten power of parliament that allows it to punish non-members of parliament for contempt, which can include what May has outlined as reflections ‘on the character of the proceedings of the House’.

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Decriminalising Abortion

MPs have voted for a bill that would fully decriminalise abortion, which is at the moment still regulated by the 1861 Abortion Act and the 1967 revision. The 1861 Abortion Act criminalises abortion and prescribes up to life-long penal servitude for women who undergo procedures to terminate their pregnancy and up to three years for the people helping them. In 1967, a provision to the 1861 Abortion Act was passed, which allows for abortion up to 28 weeks into the pregnancy (changed to 24 weeks in 1990) with the consent of two doctors.  

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The 2017 General Election: A Breakdown

The 2017 general election result is yet another to be added to the long list of unexpected political shocks in the last year or so. It was thought that this general election would finally settle the Brexit debate with a large majority of the country expected to endorse Theresa May’s ‘strong and stable’, hard-line Brexit government. Instead, we awoke to a hung parliament, with the Conservative party having massively underperformed in the election and Labour having exceeded all expectations. In the unlikely event that you have managed to avoid the political turmoil of the last few days, here is the fallout from Britain’s general election so far.

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A Brief History of Delusional Undemocratic Politics (DUP)

Thanks to UK’s fundamentally flawed voting system of FPTP and sheer desperation, Theresa May has signed a deal with the devi-DUP in order to form a majority government. DUP have been one of the main parliamentary parties in Northern Ireland since The Troubles, but are virtually unknown in Great Britain. Here, we have a look at some of the most recent scandals that the unionist party has somehow survived.

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Big Fat Manifesto Summary of the Year

It’s that time of the month again – another election. They are becoming as frequent as a rainy Glasgow day, yet each time it’s important you are able to make an informed choice. Each party – from those already in Westminster to the Monster Raving Loony Party – releases a manifesto detailing what they’ll do should your precious vote spur that party to power. Many Glasgow University students live within the Glasgow North constituency and, here, qmunicate has summed up the five contesting parties’ manifestos, on the issues we think matter the most to students and young people.

Although all issues a government makes effect us in some way, we’ve chosen to narrow this down to the four Es: Europe, Education, Employment, Equality. Oh, and healthcare, too.
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The Debate: A Breakdown

Wednesday’s debate was the largest of this election, with all seven major parties involved. The usual suspects were there – Liberal Democrats’ Tim Farron; Green party co-leader Caroline Lucas; Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood; UKIP’s Paul Nuttall, deputy SNP leader Angus Robertson; and Jeremy Corbyn for Labour, who announced his attendance on the day. Home Secretary Amber Rudd appeared for the Conservatives in lieu of May, who claimed that she is preoccupied ‘thinking about Brexit negotiations.’ Refusing to participate in debates for an election that she herself called exemplifies May’s belief that the public blindly trust her ‘strong and stable’ rhetoric – and that they will hand her a mandate for austerity, growing inequality, and a hard Brexit.

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