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Are we witnessing the end of ISIS? Syria
3 years ago, the elusive ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi declared a self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria. For a period, this entailed an increase in territorial power, as the Islamic group capitalised on the regional instability and embarked on a mission of domination. The vacuum that manifested in Iraq following the invasion in...
Brexit means Brexit…or does it? brexit-referendum-uk-1468255044bIX.jpg
Every time one checks up on the status of the ongoing Brexit discussions, there appears to be an issue that halts progression. Indeed, the latest headline stipulates that further discussions between the UK  and the EU have hit a deadlock, with no scheduled meetings for the near future.  The EU Commission, and Parliament, have indicated that...
When is the right time to take a gap year? travel, gap year, time, Holly Barry, Kettle Mag
Congratulations! If you’re reading this you’re no doubt nearing the end of your studies, be that GCSEs, A levels, or degree. You’ll soon be considering the next steps, inundated with information and decisions to make about A level subjects, UCAS or potential career paths. This can be a daunting time, given that you’re still in...
We need to start calling white mass shooters what they really are: terrorists alexandre-bissonnette.jpg
We need to start calling white mass shooters what they really are: terrorists. Sunday evening's shooting of a mosque in Québec City, which killed 6 people, was carried out by Alexandre Bissonnette, a white, French-Canadian political sciences and anthropology university student and alt-right supporter. One fellow Laval University student told The Globe and Mail newspaper that...
Swearing – should it be censored from music and radio?
BBC Radio 1 was recently rapped after playing Something From Nothing by the Foo Fighters, a track which contains two swear words, without censoring them.  OFCOM, the regulatory body which looks after broadcasting, said that the radio station broke their code as the live session recording was played at a time when children could be listening (first...
Should Boris Johnson really be Prime Minister?
It is Tuesday morning and almost the whole population of London is starting the day at work. Cleaners are cleaning, bankers are banking, but Boris Johnson is not. It is Tuesday morning and almost the whole population of London is starting the day at work. Cleaners are cleaning, bankers are banking, but Boris Johnson is...
Five ways to Enjoy a British Summer on a Budget British Summer, kettle mag,
Exams are coming to an end, assignments have been handed in and the pub is calling your name. Summer is finally on its way! Exams are coming to an end, assignments have been handed in and the pub is calling your name. Summer is finally on its way! However, as well as it being the...
What really happened during the Queen’s Speech?
It was Queen’s Speech day, and as Black Rod processed into the Commons, the traditional door slamming and banging commenced with its usual seriousness. It was Queen’s Speech day, and as Black Rod processed into the Commons, the traditional door slamming and banging commenced with its usual seriousness. After the racket had died out, Dennis...
What is really the problem with Boris Johnson?
Mark Twain wrote in his autobiography “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. Mark Twain wrote in his autobiography “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” All too easily, the same phrase might be applied to certain...
Reflections on the seventh birthday of Twitter
Twitter is seven years old, you might have learned recently. Twitter is seven years old, you might have learned recently. That great pillar of internet trolldom and BS-mongering, Twitter has brought us some great scandals, a few fake deaths of celebrities who I really wish had died, and of course almost 60 million fake accounts....
The ‘new’ Iranian jet and other propaganda fails dog.jpg
Hooray, long live the revolution; the great Iranian government has launched its latest innovation of military prowess! (see photograph above.) A super-mega-jet-powered-ultra-killer-fighter jet. Hooray, long live the revolution; the great Iranian government has launched its latest innovation of military prowess! (see photograph above.) A super-mega-jet-powered-ultra-killer-fighter jet. It has a cockpit and wings and guns and...
BREAKING: Pope resigns over horsemeat scandal.
Pope Benedict XVI is to resign, the Vatican has confirmed today. Pope Benedict XVI is to resign, the Vatican has confirmed today. Amid growing concerns over the Europe-wide horsemeat scandal, the shocking news emerged that even the highest echelons of the Vatican are not above lies and subterfuge. This revelation came to light after the...
Reflections on the life of Christopher Hitchens
A new book will shortly be released slating the late author and polemic Christopher Hitchens, which accuses him of effectively becoming a neoconservative in the decade before his death in December A new book will shortly be released slating the late author and polemic Christopher Hitchens, which accuses him of effectively becoming a neoconservative in...
In defence of free speech and the Holocaust deniers David_Ward.jpg
In case you were wondering, no, this isn’t just a provocative headline. I really am going to defend the people who argue the Holocaust was fabricated or provoked by European Jews. In case you were wondering, no, this isn’t just a provocative headline. I really am going to defend the people who argue the Holocaust...
Can snobbery save us from the brink of alcoholism?
Drinking, especially that of the binge variety, has become the great evil of our time. Drinking, especially that of the binge variety, has become the great evil of our time. We fear not the steady encroachment of Islamic fascism in Arab Spring states, nor the illiberal theocracies and autocracies that constantly threaten the international balance...
Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell’s Very Merry Christmas
“Plebs! Know your f****** place! You don’t run this f****** country!” …as I was saying to some Police officers only last week. “Plebs! Know your f****** place! You don’t run this f****** country!” …as I was saying to some Police officers only last week. (Good cover – have to be very careful about libel these...
The Leveson Report: a book which nobody will read.
I was (for my sins) in Westminster last week for the revealing of the Leveson report. I was (for my sins) in Westminster last week for the revealing of the Leveson report. Months after the main submissions had been heard, C-list celebrities had stopped appearing on the news looking haggard and a lot older than...
Church and State – both alarmingly out of touch.
Church and state normally take it in turns to face my wrath, but this week they both deserve a mention: First, the Church. Church and state normally take it in turns to face my wrath, but this week they both deserve a mention: First, the Church. Yesterday at the Church of England Synod, a majority...
I’m Nadine Dorries MP – get me out of here….
Just in case you haven’t heard the story yet, Nadine Dorries is the MP for Mid Bedfordshire. Just in case you haven’t heard the story yet, Nadine Dorries is the MP for Mid Bedfordshire. She was offered the opportunity to go on “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!” and, being a media-hungry MP,...
Nuclear negotiagation (with a Prescottian twist.)
International news sources went live last Sunday morning with the story that the Obama administration was denying "intense, secret exchanges between American and Iranian officials" as rep International news sources went live last Sunday morning with the story that the Obama administration was denying "intense, secret exchanges between American and Iranian officials" as reported on...
Newscast: Conservative Party Conference roundup
(There now follows a transcript of the radio report on the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. (There now follows a transcript of the radio report on the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. The Conservatives have put on an admirable show, trying their hardest to persuade people to vote for them in 2015.) [Big Ben: Bing...
Help to fight the Vaz: A national charity appeal
I went to see my psychiatrist the other day. I had been increasingly worried about hallucinations I have been having over the past few months. I went to see my psychiatrist the other day. I had been increasingly worried about hallucinations I have been having over the past few months. I’ve been seeing Keith Vaz,...
Ed Milliband and the parable of the poor strategist. EdMilliband.jpg
A Milibite was travelling along a mountain road (alone, because his G4S security detail had failed to turn up for work) when he was set upon by some rioting yobs, beaten (in a general election), ro A Milibite was travelling along a mountain road (alone, because his G4S security detail had failed to turn up...
Opening day at the Liberal Democrat party conference.
The Lib Dem Conference opening day was overshadowed by the allegations against Andrew Mitchell. The Lib Dem Conference opening day was overshadowed by the allegations against Andrew Mitchell. Mitchell looks like he would make a great public school deputy headmaster, he just unfortunately makes a really poor senior member of a government. To be totally...
5 tips to ensure that you have the perfect gap year.
I was horrified to see recently that the gap year guide on well known website was by a tutor and coach recommending the various travelling projects that his company offers… for the right pri I was horrified to see recently that the gap year guide on well known website was by a tutor and coach...
Benicassim Festival Review
With the growing festival scene across wider Europe, and having a personal festival background limited only to the UK, I concluded a forage into Spain for Benicassim Festival 2011 a necessary step With the growing festival scene across wider Europe, and having a personal festival background limited only to the UK, I concluded a forage...