The election is only 34 days away, and party campaigns are in full swing. What follows is not a transcript of the things that were said during last night’s 7-way leaders debate, but a summary and explanation of how each leader performed.
(The three main party leaders anxiously gaze outside as Nigel Farage is forcibly removed from the party for wearing another hideous tweed jacket)
The Labour Party recently announced that if elected, it will lower the tuition fee cap from £9,000 to £6,000. The announcement was met with derision by some university vice-chancellors, who bemoaned the proposal as a threat to top-quality education which won’t help students from poorer backgrounds get into university.
Title is a reference to the “domino theory” of American foreign policy, which proposes that if one country succumbs to nasty, scary evil left-wing politics, the surrounding countries are susceptible to succumb too, not unlike how a falling domino sets off a chain reaction.
No other country suffered the effects of the Eurozone crisis like Greece did. Facing a complete financial collapse in the wake of the global recession, Greece’s main industries were especially sensitive to drastic changes in the global markets, making shareholders and investors too worried about the fate of their money to put it into Greece, thus creating a spiral of economic downturn. Along came the so-called Troika, a tripartite commission made up of the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, which promised Greece a recovery through enormous bailout loans if it would slash public spending, increase taxes, and impose comprehensive austerity measures. All out of ideas, Greece’s Prime Minister George Papandreou agreed.
(The three alternative parties meet in London to plan a tripartite attack on Westminster. Left to right: Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe)
Contrary to popular belief, democracy is not just a matter of showing up to the voting booth every 5 years or so. A democracy consists of people making decisions based on popular votes, national sentiment, and the decentralized collective decisions of various masses. We must be allowed to do more than tick a few boxes once in a while, if we wish to call ourselves a democracy.