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The Opening Ceremony Plans: a True Portrayal of English Reality?

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Today the plans for the Opening Ceremony of London 2012 were revealed and the result has been truly shocking. A country lass myself, having lived in Somerset and Devon my entire life, I recognise the ‘meadows’ that are being portrayed. The greenery seems endless when travelling through these counties but should this really be what we are portraying as quintessentially British?

I was among the many who were excited at the thought of Danny Boyle being Artistic Director of the Opening Ceremony; ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘Slumdog Millionnaire’ are among my favourite films and I had visions of truth, reality and something completely unforgettable but this was not what I anticipated.

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God Save the Queen but what is Patrotism?

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This weekend the country is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in all manner of ways: the river pageant, street parties, at Epsom Saturday or at home in their own community with their family and friends but is all this patriotic? Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William last year began the monarchists’ celebrations and now Olympic fever is in the air for the first time since 1948. Is all this coincidental timing or are we being taught a lesson in patriotism? Click here to keep reading

Pasties, Caravans, Buzzards and Charitable Donations: A Week of Unfortunate U-Turns

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This year the word ‘budget’ struck fear into the hearts of members of the Conservative Party because of the increases they believe are necessary but foresaw the rest of the country resenting. For Conservatives, this week has been one of persistent confusion, ever since the 2012 budget people here have been discussing pasties and static caravans extensively (being from the West Country where tourism is a lifeline) and Mr Osborne’s announcements last week were gratefully received, but should we be concerned about the amount of U-turns the Conservative Party are having to make?

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Incest and the Right to Family Life: A Political Conundrum

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The recent case in Germany of Patrick Stuebing and Susan Karolewski’s incestuous relationship has just come to an eruptive end with their fight lost in the European Court of Human Rights, but what are the political implications of this? Stuebing and Karolewski are biologically brother and sister but were never socialised as such and grew up apart with Stuebing being adopted and only rediscovering his biological family at the age of 18.

Stuebing has already served a prison sentence for this incestuous relationship but nothing deters them and ethically should it? How would any of us feel at being told we could not be with the one we love, would we fight? Love is a tricky topic as it means different things to different people but what we all know is that it is not chosen. It is rarely based on logic or reason and that is the sole reason it is valued so highly. It is one of the few commodities that cannot be bought, sold or exchanged but in cases like these, it can be forced into submission. Click here to keep reading

Same-Sex Civil Marriage: Who Should Decide?

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Last year the coalition government caused much controversy when it announced it would legislate for same-sex civil marriages by 2015. At the time this was assumed to be a policy introduced by the Liberal Democrats but the Conservatives were perfectly clear in their backing when Mr Cameron, at last year’s Party Conference, announced that he was not backing this in spite of being a Conservative, he was backing it because he was a Conservative. Many have been quick to point out that progressive and conservative are contradictory terms but the capitalisation of the party C is more than merely capitalising a proper noun, it emphasises the socially liberal side of this party and the willingness to update and interact with a changing society. Nothing demonstrates this more than the same-sex marriage debate. Click here to keep reading

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