Why I’d be voting for her (if I could)
On November 8th, in only 8 days time – America will choose its’ future. Following the craze that is American politics, it is clear to see the US is divided. Undoubtedly, you have felt involved in this election much more than any presidential debate of the past. Your favourite celebrities may have spoken out, you may have seen videos on Facebook, most likely Trump has been made fun of on a light hearted chat show you watch or maybe you became lost in a sea of youtube videos that enforced personal views on the situation. There are no two ways about it; here in the UK we all seem to be anti- Trump and quite frankly can’t make sense of why a man whose name reminds us of a fart and whose talk is no better than that- has come so far in an election. But you only need to cast your mind back to June, to remember Brexit which came as a huge shock to many of us. Politics are unpredictable. It is clear that in a democratic society, if people want change they will vote for an extreme and controversial party to get it.
Hillary Clinton has been announced as the Democratic Party Presidential Candidate this week. She has beaten Bernie Sanders and will now go up against notorious Donald Trump later this year in the American Presidential elections. Clinton is the first woman to reach this far in an American major party; which many have seen as a great milestone in feminism. Some have said that Clinton’s success should be celebrated as a progression in gender equality even if you disagree with her policies.
Heavy fighting has been reported on the Eritrean-Ethiopian border. It is not clear why the fighting has erupted but relations between the two states have been very tense over recent years following a cease fire in their conflict in 1998-2000 which left 80,000 people dead and the situation “in neither war nor peace”.
The Stephen Perse Foundation has a enjoyed a long and productive partnership with Apple, and after sharing my ideas with Apple Education I was selected as a scholarship recipient to attend the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 16), taking place this week in San Francisco. I thought that the College community might be interested to hear about some of my experiences and reflections. Continue reading
The past week has been action packed and filled with sporting success for both British and International sportsmen and women. Continue reading
Headlines this weekend were focused on the warning from Baron Evans of Weardale, the former director-general of MI5, and Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6 over Brexit. They say that if Britain were to leave the European Union, we could be facing a serious security risk, it would lead to “instability on the Continent”. Brexit would mean that Britain will lose its access to EU databases and therefore will not have access to information on known criminals or individuals with links to terrorist organisations. The ex- Chiefs expressed concerns that during “economic difficulties, the migration crisis and a resurgent Russia”, Britons have the desire to remove themselves from shared information centres or databases such as that in the EU.
Local elections have taken place this week, concluding with the announcement that Sadiq Khan (Labour) will replace Boris Johnson as Mayor of London. A lot of publicity has been drawn to the fact that Mr Khan is the first Muslim Mayor of London; a breakthrough for the Muslim community who feel under-represented in politics.
Last week saw the beginning of the Invictus games, with an outstanding opening ceremony taking place on Monday and the first British gold medal being awarded to Micky Yule on Tuesday. Along with this, the week also saw the first Diamond league athletics meet of the season in Doha, bringing British success for Eilidh Doyle in the 400m hurdles and multiple seasonal records. Other British success this week includes Johanna Konta, who has progressed to the second round of the Italian Open after defeating Johanna Larsson, and Joe Root, scoring a double century against Surrey before the game was halted by rain. Continue reading
This week has seen a dramatic change in the Republican election campaign as John Kasich quits, leaving Donald Trump to remain as the most likely, and currently front-running, candidate to obtain the position of Republican candidate. The winner of this campaign will face the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the American presidential elections later this year. Continue reading