What does the snap election mean for Britain?

With Theresa May announcing a snap election today, whilst enjoying a double-digit lead in the polls, the future of both the Labour party and British politics appears rather bleak.

 

The “Shy Tory” effect is a long-standing assumption of British politics that I find – like most things – is best summed up by a Simpsons quote: “Your guilty conscience may move you to vote Democratic [Labour], but deep down you long for a cold-hearted Republican [Conservative] to lower taxes, brutalise criminals, and rule you like a king!”

 

In previous years, voting Tory in certain circles was seen to be rather uncouth, which seems quite unreasonable in the abstract, until you remember the underfed local population, the utter lack of self-awareness the party displays and the general amount of putrid hatred they throw out at the idea of change. Read more...

Do hipsters really deserve to be blamed for gentrification?

Deborah Talbot takes a look at hipsters and asks, from the perspective of subcultural analysis, what exactly are they all about, and should we be quite so mean to them?

 

Anyone who lives in East London, as I used to until very recently, will be familiar with the term hipster, the (normally male) figures of the shaped hairstyle, unkempt beard, plaid shirt and tight trousers, serving coffee or being served coffee. Read more...

The Mass Impeachment: A Satirical Premonition of a Great America

As Devin Nunes recuses himself from heading the congressional investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion, presumably to prepare a sturdy defence counsel for his own impending investigation, we envision a litigation-littered future for President Trump and his team.

 

It is with much bemusement that I must report on 16th August 2017, the entirety of the Cabinet of the United States of America, the Speaker of the House, and the President pro tempore were brought to trial. Read more...

Why Facebook is freedom for Muslim women in Iran

For many people in the western world, Facebook is a platform to share and connect with friends and family. But for Muslim women across Iran, it has become a vital tool to challenge the status quo.

 

Ph.D. student Marziyeh Ebrahimi and Associate Professor Ramon Salaverria from the University of Navarra conducted a qualitative research study investigating the virtual identities of Muslim women in Iran on Facebook. Read more...