Author: Sam Slater

Originally from Leeds, Sam is currently a student at Newcastle University, studying history and politics. He is a former member of the youth parliament for Leeds and has a keen interest in current affairs and sport.

George Floyd: one week on

Sam Slater

A man died on the streets of a major American city whilst being restrained by police officers, pleading that he ‘couldn’t breathe’. Onlookers watched, horrified and powerless until he was motionless. That man was Eric Garner, a 43-year-old accused of selling cigarettes without a tax stamp. The video of his homicide at the hands of […]

What the Premier League restart means for Yorkshire’s clubs

Sam Slater

And so it was announced that on 17 June football is coming home. Premier League football that is. Tentative steps taken to allow players to return to training last week, with club-wide testing in place, has allowed the next and biggest step of Project Restart to be taken. The news will come as welcome relief […]

The Cummings affair and its role in undermining government authority

Sam Slater

The last few days have unearthed a remarkable series of events, which has led to perhaps the most extraordinary crisis a British government has ever installed onto itself. No special adviser to the government has ever held a press conference whilst in government to explain their own actions, especially not in the comfortable setting of […]

The two-party system is strangling our democracy

Sam Slater

The British Parliament, long held as a bastion of government – which inspired enlightened thinkers such as Montesquieu and is the framework for other parliaments worldwide – needs an overhaul. The first past the post (FPTP) electoral system is the rot. It promotes and reinforces our two-party system; two complacent, comfortable, mainstream parties that fail […]