UK air strikes, Syrian rivers of blood, and no dam in sight

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The government has passed the motion permitting air strikes on ISIS positions in Syria by 397 to 223. The UK will join the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other nations already involved in Syria. The Prime Minister David Cameron delivered his argument as one of two choices; attack or wait to be attacked, a far cry from …

The Shadow Cabinet: How significant is it?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Before the extraordinary political summer of 2015 and the birth of New Politics, if one notion was as inconceivable as Jeremy Corbyn becoming Leader of the Labour Party, it was having John McDonnell as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. Asked whether he “supported” the appointment, Hilary Benn, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, replied that McDonnell “is the choice Jeremy has made”. It was a pointed …

English Votes for English Laws: The new threat to our Union

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

EVEL is clearly flawed, and no other proposal seems viable. Surely, though, it’s better for the government to make an attempt to solve the West Lothian Question than just accept the status quo? Not really. The problem is that any attempt to answer the Question, much like trying to defuse a bomb, carries the risk of bringing about what you’re trying to prevent. In the case of the West Lothian Question, this is the break-up of the Union between England and Scotland.

What happened to the politics of principle?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

We are told by politicians and political experts not to trust the polls. Yet, the panicking behaviour of a number of Labour party members in light of a recent poll suggests many do not heed this advice. According to the latest YouGov poll, in the first round of the Labour leadership contest Jeremy Corbyn is set to win 43% of …

Along Came UKIP

Pritam Anada Middle East/North Africa

The UK Independence Party has now secured two parliamentary seats in the space of a few weeks, effectively setting them to be the key power broker in the next election. What has been most surprising is the general meekness and kow-towing of the main parties to UKIP’s stance on the EU and immigration. They could, in various ways, have exerted …