The Caerulean

Welcome to our online newsletter, The Caerulean. The Caerulean is intended both to reflect and promote the activities of the Society at large. This year, we have decided to circulate our society newsletter on a bi-weekly basis. We intend to organize the content as follows: there will be space, firstly, for opinion pieces on a variety of topics, written by our own Committee members. Additionally, we cordially invite all our members to contribute a piece of their own, of no more than 800 words, to the Caerulean. You are welcome to submit your piece to [email protected].

Below you will find all past articles which we have available.

Caerulean Digest – Issue 1

A word from the editor, Maurits Westbroek On behalf of the whole Committee, I would like to welcome all new students to UCL, and for those returning, I’d like to say: welcome back. We are looking forward to welcoming all of you at our debates, talks and events. The Conservative Society aims to provide a… Read more »

Event Recap: Tuition Fees Port and Policy (03/10) – Robert Nash, Treasurer

Last Tuesday, the UCL Conservative Society hosted a debate on the motion ‘This house believes university tuition fees should be abolished’. We were pleased to welcome several excellent speakers who made some very compelling and informative arguments on either side of the debate. Speaking for the proposition were Surya Kumaravel and Declan Pollard, whilst Sam… Read more »

The media misrepresentation of the Catalan independence referendum – Kirill Dashkovskiy

Over the past week, news outlets left, right, and centre addressed the issue of the failed independence referendum in Catalonia and the surrounding political debate. The referendum, called by the Catalan Generalitat and blocked by Spain’s Parliament and Constitutional Court, resulted in a day of public unrest and violent struggles with the police. This culminated… Read more »

Is Corbyn on the brink of entering No. 10? – Thomas Barton, President

Listening to the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the Labour Party Conference (Brighton, 27/09/17), you would be forgiven for assuming Corbyn and the rest of the Shadow Cabinet were on the cusp of forming the next Government. The Labour Party Conference reflected a profound sense of optimism and self-confidence among the party faithful, with… Read more »

A new trade relationship with Brussels sprouting

The multilateral global trade of goods and services is essential to the modern way of living; however, underlying the perceived simplicity of consumer access are numerous trade deals and agreements. Following the Brexit referendum last June, Britain is preparing to leave the EU. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) requires member states to commit to schedules… Read more »

Mental health reform: a step in the right direction but far from the perfect solution

Last week, universities across the country took part in the annual University Mental Health Day, providing additional support to students and raising awareness of pre-existing on-campus mental health programmes. This event comes in light of recent governmental pledges to increase mental health funding and tackle the stigma surrounding mental illnesses: in January, Prime Minister Theresa… Read more »

The resurgence of the centre-left

2016 was not a good year for social democrats in the West. They endured electoral humiliation at the hands of either the right or the hard left. In Britain, Labour centrists led a feeble counter-revolution against Jeremy Corbyn that was put down with ease. Across Europe, the share of the vote claimed by established centre-left… Read more »