How will the Warsaw reprivatisation scandal affect Polish politics?

See posts from other guest contributors for The Priori here. by Professor Aleks Szczerbiak Polish politics this summer was dominated by a scandal involving irregularities in the return of Warsaw properties confiscated under communist rule. The so-called reprivatisation scandal is the most serious in the capital’s recent history and, given that the Warsaw mayor is a leading figure in the country’s main opposition party, has … Continue reading How will the Warsaw reprivatisation scandal affect Polish politics?

The Labour that is ‘left’ out

image by Center for American Progress, via Flickr (licence CC 2.0) by Baris Celik Are Blair’s consecutive electoral victories positive developments? Did Labour prefer to stay in opposition rather than being in the reign as ‘New Labour’? Whatever the answer is, there may be things that Labour can inherit from Blair’s political journey. It’s not Corbyn’s recent electoral victory that prompted me to dedicate this month’s … Continue reading The Labour that is ‘left’ out

Tribute to Jo Cox MP

Virtually nobody in Britain had heard of Jo Cox MP before last week. Suddenly, she is all over the world’s press. On the 16th June, Thomas Mair stabbed and shot the MP for Batley and Spen. The 41-year-old Labour representative had elected in 2015, and was highly regarded by her colleagues for her compassion, work ethic and passionate campaigning for humanitarian work, international development and fairness … Continue reading Tribute to Jo Cox MP

Anticorruption: A Political Facade

by Arturo Mendoza In politics as in international relations, it’s important to understand the messages that lie behind the smiling faces and shaking hands that we watch through the telly. It’s not easy to admit, dear reader, that these images tend to distort reality. In this regard, the UK Anticorruption Summit and the impeachment procedures that obliged Dilma Rousseff to leave the presidential palace in Brazil … Continue reading Anticorruption: A Political Facade

Is the UK’s £35,000 Earnings Threshold for Non-EU Migrants the Panacea to its immigration problem?

by Hari Raithatha As of April 2016, there have been significant changes  to UK Immigration Law. In order to satisfy the requirements for a Tier 2 (General) Visa, individuals from Non-EU countries wishing to settle in the UK are required to earn above £35,000 PA. While the law has been caveated to ensure that certain professions (such as nursing) do not have to comply with … Continue reading Is the UK’s £35,000 Earnings Threshold for Non-EU Migrants the Panacea to its immigration problem?

London’s mayoral election is a single issue referendum: who will solve the housing issue?

by Hari Raithatha Much of the focus of the forthcoming London mayoral election has been the issue of solving London’s housing crisis. As London expands, demand for property and property values in the capital have soared. With rental prices at an all time high and an average property being worth upwards of £500,000 compared to a national average around £200,000. In October 2015 a report … Continue reading London’s mayoral election is a single issue referendum: who will solve the housing issue?

A defence over the government’s action in Scunthorpe

by Grant Fage Anyone following the crisis in the steel industry can’t help but feel for the workers of Scunthorpe: 1200 people made redundant thus causing great upset and uncertainty for them and their families. The issue clearly has a human cost which many can empathise with as almost everyone knows someone who’s employed in a similar way to those who worked for Tata Steel. … Continue reading A defence over the government’s action in Scunthorpe