Tag Archives: Politics

Poet’s Corner: ‘I am a Feminist’


As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

‘Tofe Ayeni returns to the Poet’s Corner with another powerful poem to compel you. Send in your poetry to: contact@pegasuspages.com

Three Cheers for Democracy


By Francesca Speke

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

Nowadays, we seem to have a pre-conception that democracy is simply the best thing for everyone. We must implement it here, there and everywhere, in our quest to ‘bring justice and equality to all nations.’ But I want to put to you this question: is democracy really the answer? It cannot be denied that democracy has worked in more developed countries, such as the UK, the USA and much of Western Europe, and is an entirely plausible political system.

Why I Shouldn’t Have the Vote


By Megan Thresh

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014)

Labour & Lib Dems are trying to lower the voting age to 16, rather than 18.

Imagine as a parent being told to hand over the keys of your new, shiny car to your 16-year old for a test drive. They have been given no prior instructions – they can take that car wherever they would like, and no, you are not sitting in the passenger seat. In other words, they have full control. How optimistic are you feeling about the return of your vehicle?

If you would have felt reluctance at handing over control of your car to your teenager, on what planet would you feel comfortable handing over control at the polling booth? They have no understanding – they can do whatever they want, and no, you are not sitting in the passenger seat.

Lord Adonis’ Talk to Politics Students

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By Niamh Hanrahan

College welcomed Lord Adonis on 5th October, 2013, just before his engagement at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, to give a talk on many aspects of politics in Britain today. As a previous Secretary of State for Transport and someone who has worked in journalism at both The Financial Times and The Observer, it was fascinating to hear his view on current political issues, especially for those currently studying A level Politics.

The Cyprus Experiment


As seen in Pegasus Pages (June 2013).

By Marija Michalczyk

The €10 billion bailout from the European Union and the IMF came at a heavy price; the restructuring of the nation’s largest bank, The Bank of Cyprus and the liquidation of the second biggest, Laiki Bank, is only the peak of the iceberg.

Talks & Lectures: Jesse Norman MP Visits CLC

As seen in Pegasus Pages (March 2013) and the Gloucestershire Echo, 13th April, 2013.

By Niamh Hanrahan

On Friday 1st March, the Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, Jesse Norman, came to College to give a talk on the Big Society and New Conservatism. Jesse Norman is part of the Treasury Select Committee and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership – a rising star within the Conservative Party, and a possible future Prime Minister.

The UK and the European Union – Doomed to Divorce?

Mr Crawford - Principal's Lecture

By Sasha Kirienko

The first Principal’s Lecture of 2013 took place in the PH on 19th January. Mr Charles Crawford, who has been an Ambassador three times for the UK, treated all UC5s and SFCs to a lecture entitled: ‘The UK and the European Union ­– Doomed to Divorce?’ From a man who has had an extensive career at the Foreign Office, and who is now a communications consultant, the highly entertaining lecture was stimulating and thought-provoking. Earlier that week, David Cameron had cancelled his speech on how he sees Britain in the EU. His address on Wednesday, 23rd January promised us a referendum upon the matter, if the Conservatives win the next election, and as a result, the EU has never been more topical in Britain than it is now.

Crime and Punishment and Exercising Democracy


Crime and Punishment

Why Didn’t More People Exercise the Freedom of Democracy?

By Rebecca MacKay

As some of you might have been aware, the elections for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) took place last November and the ballot box turnout was a dismal 15.1%. Martin Surl, an independent with no affiliation to a particular party, was voted as our PCC for Gloucestershire. Personally, during the time of the elections, I was following every new update with rapt interest. Were you?


Don’t worry – you weren’t alone. More than half the adult population didn’t submit their votes for whom exactly was going to be given control of the police force in their area.

Well, THAT’S comforting.

Freedom of the Press or Privacy?

By Mimi Prickett and Minty Eyre
As featured in Pegasus Pages (December 2012). This article also appeared in The Gloucestershire Echo and The Standard.
A free press is ultimately preferable than a right to privacy; in recent decades the press has been a key medium for revealing hidden information about public figures. It most recently manifested itself in the form of the MP’s expenses scandal. A full copy of the uncensored MP’s expenses record was leaked to the Telegraph, who began publishing details of the MP’s expenses claims in daily installments from May 2009 onwards.

Lecture from Liberty

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By Naomi Morris Omori

This article also appeared in the Gloucestershire Echo on Monday 3rd December, 2012.

Liberty is perhaps one of the most well-recognised human rights pressure groups in the world and CLC was fortunate enough to have Shami Chakrabarti, CBE, President of the charity, to talk to the girls and other students from local schools.

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