News & Politics

Daily Visual 12.12.15: Paris Agreement on Climate

On Saturday world leaders at a climate conference in Paris agreed a historic deal, intending to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The deal was reached after almost two weeks of negotiations, which commenced on 30 November. Adopted by 196 participants, it marks the first time that all of the countries of the world,…

Daily Visual 04.12.15: The Law of 14 Frimaire

On this day on 4 December 1793, during the French Revolution, the Law of 14 Frimaire was passed, consolidating power in the hands of Maximilien Robespierre’s Committee of Public Safety. By the spring of 1793, the French Republic was beset by war, internal rebellion, and political division. The Revolutionary Wars had commenced in earnest in April 1792, when France declared war against…

Daily Visual 16.11.15: Bleak Season for Yellow-Eyed Penguin

The yellow-eyed penguin, native to New Zealand and with the Maori name hōiho, is often described as the rarest penguin in the world. Measuring between 62-79 cm – a moderate height for a penguin – and living up to 20 years of age, the adult birds are distinctive for the bright yellow band which adorns the back of their heads,…

Daily Visual 01.11.15: AKP Regain Majority in Turkey

The second Turkish general election of 2015 took place on Sunday, and saw the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) regain the parliamentary majority which they lost in June. Then, 40.9% of the vote and a loss of 53 seats in the Grand National Assembly left the AKP unable to form a government, after holding in power in Turkey since…

Tax Credit Cuts and the Argument Against Constitutional Crisis

When it comes to mind, there is rarely much of a middle ground concerning the House of Lords. The second chamber of parliament in the UK is viewed by its supporters as a grossly undervalued institution, which makes detailed and meaningful revisions to legislation passing from the Commons, benefitting from being unelected in so far as this allows the expression of alternate…

English Vetoes for English Laws: The Problem of EVEL

On Thursday plans to allow English MPs to veto laws affecting England were passed in the House of Commons. Backed by the Conservative government, the measure gained the support of 312 MPs, with 270 voting against. A series of amendments tabled by Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs were defeated. A form of the policy, frequently referred to as ‘English votes for English laws’,…

Daily Visual 19.10.15: Liberals Surge to Victory in Canada

The 2015 Canadian federal election (Canada’s 42nd General Election) took place on Monday, to elect members to the House of Commons of the 42nd Canadian Parliament. Emerging from the election with 184 seats, the Liberal Party led by Justin Trudeau proved victorious. They will form a majority government, with Trudeau set to serve as Canada’s new Prime Minister. This marks the…

Daily Visual 10.10.15: Dignity in Mental Health

Saturday was World Mental Health Day 2015, with the theme ‘Dignity in Mental Health’. With a reach into more than 150 countries, the day was dedicated to upholding the self-worth and equal rights of those living with mental health issues. According to the World Health Organization, as many as 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have struggled with mental health disorders….

Daily Visual 28.09.15: Evidence Liquid Water Flows on Mars

In a highly anticipated announcement made on Monday morning, NASA scientists unveiled the strongest evidence yet that, under certain circumstances, liquid water flows on Mars. The findings come from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which was launched on 12 August 2005, and attained Martian orbit on 10 March 2006. The MRO contains scientific instruments including cameras, spectrometers, and radar, which together…