Max Anderson, Editor in Chief, Chief Liberal political editor. Twitter: @Max_PC_Anderson
I am currently in my second year of reading Politics at the University of Exeter. My first interaction with politics was at the tender age of four years old. I wrote to Prime Minister Tony Blair, asking him to investigate the strange noises coming from my parents’ room at night, suspecting them of being aliens – the truth however, I fear was much worse…
With age, I found myself centring to the middle of British politics, due to a number of influential figures in my life. These names include; the aforementioned Tony Blair, former President of the United States, Barack Obama and most recently, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
These figures have passed onto me some important lessons. I believe Parliament should strive for a strong economy, thus truly supporting vital parts of the UK welfare system, such as the NHS. The NHS itself needs a massive ground up re-structure, necessitating a bi-partisan long term plan. Education also needs to be reviewed, not only because it is woefully under-achieving, but due to the massive long-term impact it has on the public.
Where I truly categorise myself as a Liberal is not only my belief in a progressive world, but also a united one, in which we promote free-trade, free-movement and intergovernmental organisations.
In case you hadn’t noticed – yes, I am a remainer.
Isabella Jewell, Chief political editor. Twitter @IsabellaJewell1
I have just finished my second year at The University of Manchester studying French and Italian and am about to leave the Northern Powerhouse for a year abroad. If that sentence doesn’t scream ‘leftie remainer’ enough, then I shall delve into the Nick-Robinson-style psychoanalysis of my political thinking. My first interaction with politics was in 2011. It was the week before the AV referendum, and I was INCENSED at the prospect of being unable to vote. Taking the country’s fate in my own hands, I sought out indecisive sixth formers who I managed to convince to vote for me; clearly Jezza would have done better hiring me to run Labour’s remain campaign… Ever since this moment, I have not been afraid to put my labour views out there, standing as Miliband in a mock general election (Milibabe and proud), and later joining the Oxford Young Labour party.
After the move up north I got involved with student journalism, becoming Arts Editor for the The Mancunion. In this role, I have developed strong opinions on several political areas such as; homelessness, the migrant crisis, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. The latter subject area I explored on a journalism trip to the Middle East where I interviewed politicians and activists on all sides of the debate. As such I have formulated a rather more nuanced opinion than the staunch Corbynite perspective, backing a dialogue-centred 2 state solution. My views on homelessness and immigration, however, are slightly more radical. I am appalled at the government’s lack of action on human suffering, supporting instead far greater welfare measures to combat this modern disaster. Regarding immigration and refugees, I am a believer in fluid borders, as someone who identifies as a European citizen; we are far greater together than apart. We must recognise our mutual humanity. Overall, I fall somewhere between the centre-left and the radical corbynites.
Max Ingleby, Labour political editor. Twitter: @ingleby_max
A late bloomer when it comes to politics and current affairs, I first dipped my toes in the political pool at the tender age of sixteen with a bracing submersion into the AS politics syllabus, and I have been hooked ever since.
As a second year English Literature undergraduate, I find myself approaching issues from a subtly different perspective than my politically minded peers; the tragic-comic, backstabbing world of Westminster seems remarkably familiar to a fan of Shakespeare.
Growing up on the internet I quickly transitioned through many ideological incarnations, from a rabidly atheistic Dawkins devotee to an overzealous social justice warrior, but I seem to have eventually found a comfortable niche amongst the centre-left. My areas of political interest include fighting the debilitating policies of austerity, challenging the frightening rise of elitism and concentration of wealth in the hands of the few, and the need for further investment in infrastructure and neglected community resources.
Too many Britons are trapped in low paid, insecure jobs, and with the rise of the gig economy and the economic instability caused by Brexit, we need a government that is willing to focus and invest in those struggling at the fringes of society, not cut taxes for the wealthy.
So, as we wade into the raging waters of party politics, I hope you will join me in pursuing an optimistic and egalitarian vision of our country, and above all keep an open mind!
Jack Kane, Chief Conservative political editor. Twitter: @JackKane1234
Hello, my name is Jack Kane and I am third year undergraduate at the University of Exeter. I am a studying Politics and will graduate Exeter in the summer of 2020. I have been interested and engaged in Politics since a very young age. My earliest and clearest memory of politics is being read the newspaper at prep school with our class, and being tested each week on current affairs. This was always my strongest and favourite subject at school and it is no surprise that my love of current affairs has helped push me into studying politics at university.
When it comes to where I stand on the political spectrum I am centre right. I support the Conservative party and I would have voted remain in the EU referendum had I been old enough to vote at the time. In 2019, it seems strange to define oneself as centre right and support the conservative party. It doesn’t take a genius to know that political events, such as Brexit, has seen a tectonic shift to the right for my party. Furthermore, with the coronation of Boris Johnson finally coming to conclusion, I do labour even further to find common ground with this version of the Conservative party. This is due to me being centre right and believing in the idea of compassionate conservatism.
Compassionate conservatism I feel truly manifested itself in the values of the conservative party under the leadership of David Cameron even at a time of economic crisis and the beginning of austerity. I adored the idea that he tried to make the Conservative party one of true compassion and a party that does care for the whole population. It is this idea I strive for in politics. I am sure some of my fellow colleagues may not look back on David Cameron’s days in Number 10 as fondly as I do. However, I believe these were the best days conservatism has seen in Britain, and I hope it is a party that returns to us very soon. This is where I stand politically and I am very excited to share my opinions and articles with you. So, no matter if you agree or disagree, hate or love what I say, just remember that I strive for compassion, and I hope you do to.