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The Early Political Career of Margaret Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire on 13 October 1925, to Alfred Roberts and Beatrice Ethel. Her father use to own two grocery shops and young Thatcher spent her childhood in Grantham, residing in a flat above the largest of those two shops. Thatcher grew up as a Methodist, being exposed to local politics […]

The Cyprus Bailout: Factsheet

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It came as a surprise to many to see the sudden economic downturn in Cyprus. The economy of the country before 2008 had a picture of sustainable growth, low unemployment figures, and robust public finances. A mild recession followed in 2009 but what really depressed the economy to the present state were the country’s unstable banks and […]

Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, after the $700m revamp

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Twenty years ago, a Dom Kultury (House of Culture), was found in almost every small town in Russia, where at least once a week there would be the teaching of ballet. Three Czars marked their coronations at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and after the communist revolution of 1917 Lenin claimed the emergence of the Soviet union from the stage. Once […]

Your Pocket Guide Book to State Pensions

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State Pensions are paid by the British government to citizens who have reached the pensions age of 65, and have previously been paid or credited with subscriptions to National Insurance. Your subscriptions to National Insurance entitles you to claim welfare benefits, like the State Pension. Although you do not continue to pay for the Insurance when on the pensions dole, if you are: aged […]

David Cameron’s EU Speech

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Prime Minister David Cameron today promised to hold a referendum on the UK’s position in the EU, if he is re-elected in the 2015 general elections. His much-awaited speech on Europe started off by paying homage to veterans of World War II and the Elysée Treaty, with addressing the agenda behind the EU, being one of the poignant moments. Although established initially to prevent […]

Extreme Weather Insurance for Farmers

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Heavy rainfall in 2012 cost farmers in Britain £1.3bn due to a lack of government delegated national food security measures such as insurance against extreme weather. According to figures released by the National Farmers Union (NFU), extreme rainfall resulted in a loss of £600m from poor wheat and potato harvests, and a further £700m of costs inclusive of feed for cattle unable […]

The Impact of the Fiscal Cliff

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The White House and Congress leaders have reached an agreement which could prevent the worse effects of the “fiscal cliff”, with the present tax rates continuing for those with earnings less than $400,000, the automatic spending cuts being postponed for two months as federal spendings are accommodated through an increase in revenues and spending cuts and capital gains and dividend tax rates increase to 20 per […]

Human Rights and the WPK

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North Korean politics runs in the style of generational dictatorship with restrictions on freedom of expression and routine human rights abuses. Amidst the existence of minor parties, the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), the ruling party since 1948, has a totalitarian grip on government, being the only legally accepted party in the country. The military plays an important role in […]

Capitalism in Modern America

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Capitalism is an economic system where people can practice private ownership with the aid of production, distribution and exchange. Capitalists are known to have a greater freedom in operating or managing their property to profiteer from competitive conditions. Karl Marx popularised the term during the 19th century outlining that the arrangement tends to create wealthy individuals […]

The Lesser-Known Issues of Overcrowded Housing

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Research from Shelter showcases more than half of a million homes in the nation to be overcrowded. Social housing allocates about seven square metres space for children to play and develop in, which is much less than the national average. It is an unacceptable condition for kids to be spending their childhood in because it direly impacts […]

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