Upon making even the most cursory of glances at the US election, it swiftly becomes apparent that neither candidate appears to understand that the purpose of an election is to garner as many votes as possible. Both candidates seem to be solely focused on appealing…

The UK has entered a state of Stockholm syndrome. According to Google, this refers to when ‘hostages bond with their captors’ after facing abuse. The public has been quite literally in a state of captivity for months. Told to remain indoors from March, restrictions on…

Predictably, everyone has been pretty outraged by the new (and now deleted) advert encouraging people to retrain and get a job in ‘cyber’. If you haven’t seen it, the ad (which features both HM government and CyberFirst logos) depicts a ballet dancer tying her shoes.…

To protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the United States organised a boycott, involving 65 nations, of the 1980 Summer Olympics due to be held in Moscow. Looking forward to the present day, the World Uyghur Congress has asked the International Olympic Committee to reconsider…

They say that money makes the world go round. After the government’s recent ban on schools teaching material associated with anti-capitalist organisations, I don’t think anyone will be saying different anytime soon. Although the minutiae of the ban are not quite apparent, it seems that…

The 23rd of March feels like such a long time ago, doesn’t it? Now we’re living through October, a strange time where we await our next orders from politicians, and exist in a minefield of testing capacities, R-rates, excess deaths and government fiascos that many…

“Stand back and stand by” was President Trump’s message to the Proud Boys at last week’s presidential debate. What followed was a feeling of ecstasy amongst the extreme far-right group, who interpreted Trump’s words as encouragement. Trump seemed to shift his stance a few days…

This article is part of a series from Backbench’s editorial team which examines this year’s Black History Month from the angle of ‘making history’. The opinions expressed in these pieces are those of the editors themselves, and do not necessarily reflect Backbench’s stance as a…

The recent Government update announced a range of new restrictions that have the potential to last six months, including the announcement that plans to start allowing limited amounts of supporters in to large sporting events are to be postponed. Should then the UK Government start…

The avenues through which we, particularly young people, receive our news and keep up with current affairs are changing and evolving. Mostly, they are becoming increasingly digitised, fast and varied. A recent Ofcom poll showed that just 35% of young people read a newspaper regularly, vs the…

As coronavirus began its sweep across the world there was a call of urgency to keep people safe and precautions were put in place to keep entire populations in their homes, away from work, education and loved ones. Concerns over the health and well-being of…

Those of us who have the dubious honour of involvement in ‘left-wing twitter’ will be aware of the recent drama instigated by the official account of Scottish Labour Students. The short of it is that they tweeted ‘ACAB’, meaning “All cops are bastards”, in response…