Politics & IR Top 15 for Overall Satisfaction in National Student Survey, 2016

The Politics and International Relations team at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) are delighted to achieve, for the second consecutive year, 95% overall satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey.

postcard 3This result places us in the top 15 nationwide for Politics (12th) and it builds on our achievement of a top 30 place in the latest Guardian League Table (27th), released in May. Continue reading “Politics & IR Top 15 for Overall Satisfaction in National Student Survey, 2016”

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Perhaps we were not “all in it together”, but David Cameron is really in it now!

By Dr David Bates, Director of Politics and International Relations

Number-10One cannot blame the son for the moral crimes of the father – but David Cameron is no ordinary son, and his father no ordinary father. For Cameron is the Prime Minister of a government so focused on its austerity agenda that a man so far to the right of the Conservative Party as Iain Duncan Smith (‘IDS’) claimed that the Budget of 16 March 2016 was a step too far! (We might of course speculate about the real reasons for IDS’s departure, though I would gamble that the Brexit debate has something to do with it.)  Continue reading “Perhaps we were not “all in it together”, but David Cameron is really in it now!”

Our moral responsibilities are more extensive than local Councillor suggests

By Dr David Bates

Response to Cllr Martin Vye’s ‘Surely we can find room for refugees

Cllr Vye refers to the content of my talk as ‘empty polemic’. As I state in my letter to the Kentish Gazette, Cllr Vye has the absolute right to disagree with my argument, but he should read it first. I have read Cllr Vye’s letter, and have the following observations.POLITIC027

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Solidarity as a virtue: on the refugee crisis polemic

By Dr David Bates

Response to Harry Bell’s article: ‘Lecturer’s polemic was sincere and passionate but flawed’. Kentish Gazette. Thursday October 29th, 2015.

I was delighted to read Harry Bell’s response to my talk ‘Do we have a duty to help refugees?’ Indeed, I would like to thank the Kentish Gazette for being willing to devote a full page in a local newspaper to a discussion of what is essentially an academic talk.

With his complements out of the way, Bell turns to a detailed critique of my article – it is to this critique that I now turn. Continue reading “Solidarity as a virtue: on the refugee crisis polemic”

Commentary: Do we have a duty to help refugees?

By Dr David Bates

To avoid any ambiguity in what I am about to say, I want simply to insist that ‘yes we have a duty to help refugees’. Of course few – at least expressly – would disagree with this.

I also want to insist that our duty of aid goes well beyond refugees. Western liberal democratic states have a duty to help asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants. Continue reading “Commentary: Do we have a duty to help refugees?”