Mark Drakeford AM: Welsh First Minister discusses his Career, Oxbridge, and Brexit

Labour Assembly Member Mark Drakeford is known for his unassuming style of leadership. I was, I confess, taken aback slightly by Drakeford’s candour: particularly gutsy was his open indifference towards Oxbridge (especially as the Welsh Government has put improving access firmly on the agenda, through programmes like the Seren Network). My overall impression, however, was […]

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The return of Ali Bongo: what’s next for Gabon?

Image Description: President Ali Bongo (left) with ex-president of France Francois Hollande (right). On January 15th, Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo, returned home after an extended period of absence. The victim of a stroke in October 2018, President Bongo left Gabon for medical services. Leaving Gabon in political turbulence, in part engendered by an ineffective government, […]

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Jacinda Ardern: The Leader We Need But Not The One We Deserve

Image Credit: David Illif (CC-BY-4.0) Since at least the 2008 Financial Crash, the world’s major left-wing parties have been in crisis. Often bereft of ideas and lacking charismatic leadership, these parties have been haemorrhaging votes both right and left, seriously curtailing their ability to act as effective oppositions, let alone maintain hopes of being restored […]

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Labour holds Iffley Fields & St Mary’s in tight County Council by-election

Image Credit: Flikr (CC-BY-SA-2.0) Just before midnight on 18th October, Labour’s Damian Haywood was duly elected Oxfordshire County Councillor for Iffley Fields & St Mary’s after a tight contest with the Green candidate David Williams. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Labour Councillor Helen Evans, who gained the district from the Greens in […]

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