Monthly Archives: July 2011

Student Visa Restrictions: Are they Worth it?

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Student visas have been a huge topic of conversation in recent months with the Coalition Government aiming to reduce the number of student visas by 75,000 a year. This new scheme has a two-fold justification; firstly, it is believed that many individuals with student visas are actually abusing the system and working instead. This is to be combatted not only by tightening the controls on students entering but by also making the limits on when and how often they can work stricter. There will also be more restrictions on their dependents joining them and there will be a requirement to prove a certain standard of English language competency before receiving approval. Secondly this will reduce immigration as a whole which was a key Conservative election pledge. Those approved for student visas will also be limited in the amount of years they are permitted to remain in the UK after completing their studies. Click here to keep reading

Europe must stand shoulder to shoulder against right-wing extremists

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I was first made aware of a tragedy in Norway when I happened upon a Facebook status of a friend sending out their prayers to those hurt and killed. My initial thought was that there must have been a skiing accident or a plane had crashed. Not for a nanosecond did I consider the possibility the appalling acts that took place on Friday, it was just unthinkable. The Norwegian government have called it the worst atrocity to befall the nation since the Second World War, and you can believe them. One can only admire the way in which King Harald and Queen Sonja have led their country in mourning.; unashamedly weeping during the cathedral service on Sunday and visiting to comfort grieving relatives. This is a country bearing it’s grief with a dignity and solidarity which must be congratulated. They are determined to ensure that this tragedy brings them closer together as a nation, rather than pull it apart as Anders Behring Breivik wanted. Click here to keep reading

The future of the Bolivarian Revolution

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The recent furore over the health of Venezuela’s President has become a daily news item, all be it behind other shocking stories in the recent weeks. In light of Chavez’s health, the question is what is the future of the Bolivarian revolution? Without Chavez does this movement in Venezuela have a coherent programme and strategy in the face of the powerful and funded opposition, headed by Henrique Caprilles. Click here to keep reading

Opposition and scandal

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As the phone-hacking scandal brings increasing torment for Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks, and David Cameron; the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, has been thriving.

In truth, Mr. Miliband has been on the rise for a number of weeks.  His personal low point since winning the leadership of his party last Autumn, had been early last month, as supposed revelations of party dissatisfaction, his brother’s ambitions for the leadership, and his poor performance at Prime Minister’s Questions had all begun to weigh heavily on his shoulders. Click here to keep reading

The Unions will continue to fight for fairer public sector pension reform

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When over half a million public sector workers walked out on strike at the end of last month over the issue of pensions, it seemed we were set for a summer standoff between the government and the unions that might dominate the political landscape for the foreseeable future. Of course the phone-hacking scandal and the subsequent fallout have shunted such a confrontation towards the side-lines but from there the battle goes on and the last fortnight has seen several interesting developments. Click here to keep reading

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