OMG Ed Mili!

Ed Mili has finally grown a pair! I must admit, he made a bold move. After listening to him on Tuesday when he said that the Labour Party would support intervention in Syria if it “was legal”, I thought “right…we’re in.” But no! Mili shocks us all by proposing an amendment to the government’s resolution.

The debate started in the Commons yesterday at 2.30 pm and ended very late into the evening when my BBC app alerted me that the Commons had voted; no! The government motion was defeated 285 to 272, a majority of 13 votes!

Mr Miliband has certainly up-graded himself within the Labour Party. As a member of the Party I received an email explaining the amendment put forward and I honestly got really excited for British politics. Historians last night were debating whether the last time a PM was defeated on a matter of peace and war was 1782 or 1855- either way it was a very long time ago! Not only was it an embarrassing defeat, but the fact that Cameron didn’t get full support from his own party and the fact that he recalled Parliament further adds to his embarrassment. Poor guy. If only the Commons had voted logically years ago, arguably tens, if not thousands of Arabs would still be alive today.
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My View: The Riots in Turkey – ERDOGAN A DICTATOR?

Since Friday riots have been carrying on in Turkey, starting from Taksim, they’ve now spread to different cities. The protests started with Erdogan wanting to build a mall in Gezi Park, Taksim. Taksim is one of the most touristic areas in Istanbul and Gezi Park has been there for about 75 odd years. So, people protesting for their park to remain were reasonable, understandable and respectable.

However, now the aim of the riots has changed. These riots have now become a “we’ve had enough” movement and are clearly responses to the governments new proposal of prohibiting alcohol sales from 22:00-06:00, which may also seem reasonable. But lets have a look at what Erdogan has achieved, not only since becoming PM in 2003, but since the last general election (2011) where the Justice and Development Party (AKP) gained 46.6% of the vote and 341 seats in the Turkish Parliament. This was a massive victory, a landslide victory.

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(Results of the 2011 general election)

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Transformation in World Politics: The challenges for global and regional order.

I was casually stalking people on facebook, (as you do when you have nothing better to do) when I came across an event advertised by the Network of Students (NOS). Turkey’s minister of foreign affairs, Ahmet Davutoglu, was coming to the London School of Economics. Before asking my parents I booked my place. I was going.

So, after arranging the trip, my friends dropped me off to the LSE building and they went off to enjoy the sites of London. I hate being alone. There was a group of three in front of me, who were clearly loyal to CHP- the main opposition party in Turkey, created by Ata Turk. I recognised them from miles away. One of the girls within the group, deliberately looking at me, started talking about how her father had graduated from LSE etc. Neither of my parents went to uni, and my dad owns a chip shop, but this isn’t anything to be ashamed of. If she was any better she’d be sitting beside the minister rather than sitting two seats beside me. The normal Aysegul would have buried her in that building, but 1) I was alone and 2) the security officers were huge.

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