Author: Chris Bradford

Coca-Cola truck visit to take place despite Lib Dem opposition

Fans of the famous Coca-Cola Christmas advert and it’s iconic truck will be relieved to hear that the truck will still be returning to Liverpool on December 5th and 6th, after a brief visit to St. Helens on December 1st. The visit will still be taking place in spite of staunch opposition, predominately from the city branch of the Liberal Democrats but also health professionals who have voiced their dismay. Opposition to the truck visiting Liverpool has come from the Liberal Democrats and has predominately focused on the issue of obesity. Councillor Richard Kemp, branded Liverpool One as ‘cynical’ for hosting...

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The U.S. Needs to Tighten Gun Law. Period.

The morning of September 25th saw the world wake up to the frightening and terrifying news of a shooting which became America’s deadliest of all time. Between 22:00 and 22:15 on September 24th in Las Vegas, Nevada, 58 concert-goers were shot dead and more than 500 were injured after being shot by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock.  The weapon used was a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle which was fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort. Unsurprisingly, the shooting produced strong claims that gun-laws in the U.S. should be tightened significantly. The Las Vegas massacre was not the first mass...

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Getting to Know You: Roland Clark

Roland Clark is a lecturer in the Department of History, joining the University in the second semester of the 2015/16 academic year. Roland focuses on the cultural history of modern East-Central Europe. He is particularly interested in the study of fascism, social movements, violence, gender and theology. Can you summarise your academic background? So my life story! I grew up in Tasmania, then moved to Sydney where I studied History and Religious Studies as a joint honours degree, focusing mainly on Russian religious philosophy.  I taught high school for a year and moved to Romania to learn the language because...

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A guide to the German elections

Following the success of the American and French elections coverage, the Politics Society is hosting live coverage of the German elections, from 4 pm on Sunday, September 24th – taking place in the Guild’s McAusland room. Mixed Member Proportionality, a variant of proportional representation, is the electoral system in Germany. The Bundestag (German Parliament) has 598 seats so voters cast two votes. One vote is used under the first-past-the-post electoral system where a representative is elected from Germany’s 299 districts. The second vote is under a party list system where the voter chooses the political party which is most representative of...

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Birmingham selected ahead of Liverpool for 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced that Birmingham has been selected ahead of Liverpool as the England bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Liverpool’s bid for the 2022 Games had the new Everton Stadium at the forefront of its proposal, along with a 50-metre swimming pool within the city centre dock, which would have remained and been part of the legacy of Liverpool hosting the Games. Liverpool’s plan would have created 12,000 more jobs for the area. The news comes as a bitter blow for Mayor Joe Anderson, who tweeted that he was ‘proud’...

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