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Benjamin Mercer
City University, London
I'm Benjamin Mercer. Studying Newspaper Journalism (MA) at City, University of London. I blog on Medium (@BenjaminMercer), Twit on Twitter (@BMercer91), and rant on Facebook (Ben.Mercer.182) Views very much my own, though I'm happy to share.
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The controversial opinion was debating with Peter Hitchens, 12 years after his legendary debate with the columnist's late brother.

An analysis of George Galloway's defence of communism

The controversial opinion was debating with Peter Hitchens, 12 years after his legendary debate with the columnist's late brother.

Chris Heaton-Harris has been accused of McCarthyism.
Are politicians allowed to have religious beliefs?

In defence of Jacob Rees-Mogg

Are politicians allowed to have religious beliefs?

Its new 'Tobacco Control Plan' is a joke.

The government is persecuting smokers

Its new 'Tobacco Control Plan' is a joke.

Seems we are allowed to discriminate, but only if we do it badly.

A Swedish music festival has banned men ‘until ALL men have learned to behave themselves’

Seems we are allowed to discriminate, but only if we do it badly.

True, you cannot be religious and liberal. But now you’re not allowed to try.

Tim Farron's resignation is a victory for the new puritans

True, you cannot be religious and liberal. But now you’re not allowed to try.

It reveals that, on the mainland, there is no such thing as a conservative party.

What the reaction to the DUP tells us about modern Britain

It reveals that, on the mainland, there is no such thing as a conservative party.

Strong and stable? Theresa May staked the fate of the nation on a game of Russian roulette, and promptly shot herself in the face.

Theresa May’s campaign was an insult to the British people. She should be ashamed.

Strong and stable? Theresa May staked the fate of the nation on a game of Russian roulette, and promptly shot herself in the face.

It endorsed the view that our enemies would be nice to us if only we left them alone. This is demonstrably untrue.

What Corbyn got wrong in his speech on terrorism

It endorsed the view that our enemies would be nice to us if only we left them alone. This is demonstrably untrue.

Suspending politics is like trying to ban gravity - impossible. Distrust those who claim otherwise.

Tragedy makes politics more important. So why suspend campaigning?

Suspending politics is like trying to ban gravity - impossible. Distrust those who claim otherwise.

They violated a well-worn electoral rule:  don’t piss off your core constituency.

The Tories have U-turned on the 'Dementia Tax'

They violated a well-worn electoral rule: don’t piss off your core constituency.

Don’t be young. Or poor. Or middle-class. Or old. In fact, don’t bother.

How to survive in Tory Britain

Don’t be young. Or poor. Or middle-class. Or old. In fact, don’t bother.

The draft manifesto is quite beautiful. But now is not the time.

I want to vote for Labour - but here's why I won't

The draft manifesto is quite beautiful. But now is not the time.

Theresa May has announced plans for a free vote on fox hunting. It's designed to distract.

Fox hunting is back on the agenda. Don't overreact.

Theresa May has announced plans for a free vote on fox hunting. It's designed to distract.

Macron is a robot, the last hope of the French establishment. If he fails...

Why Macron's victory is no reason to be cheerful

Macron is a robot, the last hope of the French establishment. If he fails...

Tim Farron has contradictions, but it's his critics who are bigots and fools.

In defence of Tim Farron (sort of)

Tim Farron has contradictions, but it's his critics who are bigots and fools.

Let the Tories win.

How to save the Left

Let the Tories win.

If we take the SOAS SU at their word, and if we're being charitable, 73% of SOAS students are mere idiots.

SOAS in (predictable) hysterics over an invitation to Israel’s ambassador

If we take the SOAS SU at their word, and if we're being charitable, 73% of SOAS students are mere idiots.

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