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Why the Ministry of Defence desperately needs more 'tough old birds' — A YPG Kurdish fighter stands near their flag on a hill after fighting with Islamic State near Kobane, Syria But when it comes to the people giving the orders, it's a different story. Military decision making is an almost exclusively male domain.

Ukip Douglas Carswell Farage victory: Ukip need women more than ever — Alex Phillips, the party's Head of Media, is the opposite of the Ukip stereotype - young and female with some self-proclaimed "left wing values". She argues: "Being a woman in Ukip is all about twenty first century, post-modern feminism - treat us the same as men, don't single us out as different.

The By-Election Campaigns Told In Tweets — By-elections aren't usually big business on social networking sites - but this time it's different. The Clacton count is UKIP's best chance yet of getting a seat in Parliament, and their supporters have been out in force.

Henning Murder: How Will The Govt Respond? — The words spoken by the masked man were sickening: "The blood of David Haines was on your hands, Cameron. Alan Henning will also be slaughtered, but his blood is on the hands of the British parliament." Alan Henning was a taxi driver who was inspired to travel hundreds of miles in an aid convoy to try to help the suffering of people in Syria.

White Dee interview: what I really thought of Conservative Party conference and all those Tories — White Dee at Tory Party Conference Needless to say, Dee (real name Deirdre Kelly) was baffled by what she saw, when I caught up with her. "It's like an enormous board meeting. I've never seen so many people in suits and ties in such a small space!" she tells me.

Back In Conflict, But This Time It's Different — It has begun. Eleven years after the invasion that marked the beginning of the Iraq War, Britain is again involved in a conflict in the region. The Government is (rightly) quick to point out why this time, it is different.

Why it's imperative that young people don't take democracy for granted — There is one unassailable agreement in British politics: democracy is king. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as: "A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives." But can you truly have government by "the whole population" if one particular demographic opts out?

'Yes' Wins Referendum's Social Media Battle — The Scottish referendum has done more to re-engage a generation in politics than any hand-wringing MP or crusading campaigner. Turnout could be as high as 90%, with 16 and 17-year-olds able to take part for the first time. Minus some inevitable negativity and aggression, the level of debate has been incredibly high.

Scotland's Gender Divide Over Independence — How Yes Vote Would Change Scotland Anyone who tells you they know with certainty what will happen in the advent of a 'Yes' vote is at best being disingenuous, at worst lying through their teeth. Plenty of questions simply cannot be answered until the voters decide to make Scotland an independent nation.

Young Are Turned Off From Voting - Not Politics — Scotland's referendum has shown that those aged 16-24 are as engaged in politics as anyone. Is it elections that need to change? Some things are repeated so often, they are assumed to be true. The "fact" young people are switched off from politics is one of them.
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Oct 22, 2014

Here's what people I've been speaking to today made of the Mike Read UKIP song

Oct 22, 2014

@Iain_33 Also - ComRes respected company, can't see it making a difference who commissioned it

Oct 22, 2014

Comres poll gives UKIP 13pt lead over Tories in Rochester. Remember - Conservatives thought Clacton was a write off, but they could win here

Oct 22, 2014

I've been spending the day finding out if people really are offended by Mike Read's UKIP song. Here's the answer -

Oct 22, 2014

RT @joshhollis: @wannabehacks @SophyRidgeSky Heartily recommend. I may now be on the other side of the broadcasting battlefield but this helped get me there

Oct 22, 2014

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Oct 22, 2014

RT @ashishskynews: So I’m at Griffin Park watching @BrentfordFC & who should I see? Only @SophyRidgeSky! & David Blunkett’s sitting behind …

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