Politics



The legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: now what?

15th January 2021

The legend, the legacy, and looking to the future in the Supreme Court There is no other way to put this – Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the most influential and inspirational people of our time. At the time of her nomination in 1993, she was only the second woman to serve at the ...


Friends from the other side

14th January 2021

Navigating friendships across the political spectrum. Is it possible to maintain friendships with people on the other end of the political spectrum? It’s an important question in today’s politically charged world. Politics often revolve around human rights issues, such as LGBTQ+ rights, abortion and feminism; other prejudices such as racism, ableism, anti-semitism and Islamophobia are ...


Call me tory; Miss Scum if you’re nasty

17th November 2020

In response to the recent “Tory scum” debacle, our culture columnist Ciara considers whether it is appropriate to insult people on the other side of the political spectrum.  It’s not every day that I condone bullying, but things have changed recently. Is calling Conservatives “scum” a bad move? Well, my initial instinct is to advocate ...


Why do musicians with political music avoid speaking out?

2nd November 2020

Joseph Evans explains why we should give musicians who stay fairly quiet on political issues, despite having a discography laced with political opinions, a pass. In one of the wilder happenings in an already tumultuous 2020, Jedward are now among the most beloved icons of activist Twitter.  From highlighting the inconsistencies of lockdown policies, to ...


Anna Soubry calls for “sensible people to take back control” in an interview with Kezia Dugdale

10th October 2020

The former Conservative and Change UK MP was the latest guest in the online Power Hour series. The latest in the John Smith Centre’s Power Hour series saw former MP Anna Soubry deliver an interview that focused on her route into politics. She also addressed the state of the Conservative party and her opinion on ...


University reports reveal variance in political trust based on gender, income, and age

19th September 2020

The University of Glasgow has collaborated with the Institute for Public Policy Research to produce major new reports. A series of new reports from the University of Glasgow have highlighted gender, income, and age gaps show levels of trust in politics. Major new reports from the John Smith Centre at the University of Glasgow in ...


The politics of Normal People

18th September 2020

How obvious is Sally Rooney’s Marxism in Normal People? Sally Rooney’s Normal People is not just a story of love, but a story of the effect living within a contemporary capitalist society has on two young people. The novel highlights the social and economic inequalities of the classist system in which we live. Irish novelist ...


Sandra White to stand-down as local MSP at Holyrood

29th August 2020

White has represented Glasgow Kelvin since 2011, and was a regional MSP for Glasgow since the first election to the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Local Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP), Sandra White, has announced she will be resigning as MSP for Glasgow Kelvin at next year’s Scottish Parliamentary election.  White revealed the announcement during a ...