Luke W & Vishnu V – Senior Student Editors (Year 12)
The political sphere is constantly changing, a sphere in which there are complications and decisions that impact upon our everyday lives. The study of Politics is one that is very unique, studying different views often leads us to form our own opinion and allows us to cultivate thoughts, ideas and ultimately allows us to understand the world we live in. In recent times, we know that the young thinkers of today are becoming increasingly politically active, with interesting thoughts and opinions on issues that affect our lives. Over the last few years, we have faced changing Prime Ministers and cabinets, controversial policies and Brexit, which has left the public divided in opinion and this journal will be a platform to update others on the situations around the world, what they mean for us, and to express your own interest for Politics.
Politics is not a subject that is stagnant; it is dynamic, develops every day and deserves our attention. Events reflect our society’s beliefs, the direction of the future and the exploration of Politics allows us to learn from our mistakes, broaden our knowledge and lets us broaden our knowledge on an individual level, and a societal one, by sharing and appreciating other views dissimilar to our own. This has a pivotal role in our society, by allowing us to critically assess policies, nurturing our potential to think independently. LW & VV
Meet the Team
My name is Vishnu, and I’m the Politics in Review Editor for the GSAL Journal. The importance of Politics is apparent to me, as it clearly governs the systems that we live in and the rules that we follow. I have a particular interest for political theory and watching how it is applied to all walks of policy is a particular interest of mine as it is fascinating to see how ideas spring from books to be applied everywhere in the real world. I find the study of how power is exercised over the public and who has the right to rule, to be very interesting, as it helps us navigate through most political systems, both current and in the past. In my free time, I enjoy playing chess, reading and Model United Nations.Vishnu
My name is Luke and I’m the Politics in Review Editor for the GSAL Journal. I have always had a deep passion for politics, right from a young age, brought about by the importance in society and how it can change anything in the world. I particularly have interest in UK politics, on both the national level and regional level, then the unique way in which government works to ensure that democracy is adhered to, to improve the life of people in the UK. These interests have led me to have a part in UK politics itself, becoming a voice for young people in Harrogate, becoming the Vice Chair of Harrogate Youth Council. These opportunities presented have allowed me to develop and specialise my politics, which in turn has allowed me to become the Director of Devolution for Young People in North Yorkshire, of which has massive importance this next year. These interests and opportunities I wish to share with everyone, by way of editing the Politics in Review paper, to share my love for this amazing subject, which actively pursues improvement in people’s lives.Luke
George G – Chief Editor
Josh G – Deputy Editor
Politics in Review returns as the Brexit battle has reached a climax. The arduous journey of exiting the EU has culminated with another delay. Three years after the referendum and two Prime Ministers later, two deals have been agreed and two deadlines have passed but the UK has not left yet. Evidently, the current parliamentary make-up wasn’t willing to deliver the demands from the largest democratic mandate in our history and so an election was the only path. In addition to further evaluation of the election and the parties, this volume provides detailed coverage of the landmark supreme court ruling and a summary of Boris Johnson’s premiership so far.
The theme of this copy is power and responsibility: the balance between exerting power and obeying the rule of law. With this we explore the abilities of both the US and UK executive, whilst also establishing the boundaries to their power and what constrains them. Furthermore, there is an explanation of judicial review in America and whether that could or already is developing at home. We also discuss the distribution of power within the UK and how this might change with Brexit.
Politics in Review would like to remind its readers that this is an independent journal, published entirely by politics students. Therefore, the opinions expressed in this journal are the opinions of the contributors and not the opinions of the school. GG
George G – Chief Editor
Josh G – Deputy Editor
This new Journal aims to assemble the noteworthy news from the term into one comprehensive document and offer a variety of views on the controversial issues that are dominating today’s political agenda. In this edition, Politics in Review will cover all the riveting news from Westminster and a summary of the recent events in Washington, from the downfall of May’s premiership to the triumphant performances from the smaller parties in 2019. Additionally, a comprehensive assessment of the Tory leadership contenders is provided on page (14). Finally, GSAL’s finest political minds have constructed stimulating and informative articles on their chosen topic related to this volume’s theme: BREXIT. GG