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  1. Yes I've phoned and emailed them. Sadly they said because I failed to meet the requirements they cannot take me on the course. However it was only after relentless calls and emails that they said if I were to retake maths and get an A* - they would 'potentially' accept me. But by the time they said that, I had everything prepared at York with deposits down for accommodation etc.
  2. Well I guess this is the end of the road now. I got my results last week. Unfortunately I missed my offer for Durham, I got A*AB instead of A*AA required. To say I'm gutted would be an understatement and what makes it worse is I was very very close to not only meeting my offer but exceeding it with A*A*A. I decided to reject my second choice uni and I went through clearing and managed to secure a place at York University to study Mathematics and Economics! While I'm disappointed, I am still pretty hopeful and excited about my time there! These results have been a funny one if I'm honest. I understand they're great results and I've still ended up at a great university - but there's just something so awful about not getting what you set out to do. However, since I started this thread I can say with a hand on my heart that I tried my best and I ended up in an infinitely better situation than I had ever imagined five years ago.
  3. When May can't even sack her own ministers due to the threat of alienating members of her own party, you have to think how she'll fair in Brexit talks...
  4. Even as a staunch Tory, May must resign. Brexit talks need to be suspended until the Tories have a new leader. She's essentially a lame-duck PM and she's lost total credibility. I think the loss of our majority is actually quite a good thing, it encourages Brexit to not only be bipartisan but to reflect as many people as possible. These talks are as important as winning WW2 and so a 'national government' (just like in WW2) is a good idea, and it's sensible that whatever post-Brexit Britain is - it's representative. And despite there being differences, there are many similarities. Ending freedom of movement (both Tories and Labour agree), remaining economically competitive (both Tories and LDs agree) and starting new trades deals (mostly all parties agree). A landslide would have been potential suicide for Britain, debate and cross party cooperation is now forced with no majority. But yeah that's my take.
  5. If I remember correctly from last year's politics lessons both the power to search and to detain terrorists for 28 days is held regardless of the terror threat. Just be glad we're not living in the U.S. where right to privacy is guarded blindingly at the expense of terrorist investigations.
  6. Perhaps a Mediterranean cruise is more viable? Portsmouth-Santander-Vigo-Porto-Gibraltar-Marseille-Corsica-Sicily-Santander-Portsmouth Could use the car docks for freight - especially new cars.
  7. About as economically viable as Concorde haha.
  8. Of course we trade outside the EU, but trade (for example) with the Commonwealth has not substantially recovered. There's a slight increase but not anything significant. As for whole ideas being vetoed before getting to Parliament by the Royal family, that's complete nonsense. I think the Republicans would be using that as 'ammunition' to argue for the dissolution of the monarchy if that was the case. The current Queen is so obedient to Parliament's will, she would give Royal Assent to her own dissolution or a breakup of the union.
  9. When Fox was travelling, we weren't allowed to start formal trade talks with other countries so it's no surprise that there were zero deals. Yes the Empire has gone. And quite rightly too. Nations should have the right for self determination. But that does not mean we should neglect them and not trade with them. People realised the country would grind to a halt if immigration was stopped, not restricted. The leave campaign were fairly clear they do not want to stop immigration. I'm sorry, Royal Assent has not been refused since 1707 so you're making a mountain out of a molehill. Scotland, Wales and NI is just how things are, if the majority of political power (i.e. the number of MPs) mainly lies in England then there is little Parliament can do other than give disproportionate power to them. With the whipping system, that is the nature of any representative parliamentary system of government. We do not operate a direct democracy (which many liberals now oppose as it has resulted in brexit) and if constituents disagree with their MP, they can simply vote them out next time. Or alternatively we can extend the power to recall MPs beyond misconduct. As for FPTP, that is a matter of opinion. Is it democratic for: governments to be formed with no mandate as no one votes for a coalition people to not have a choice over MPs who assume office after a death or resignation people to not have a representative of their community in Parliament I am well aware of FPTP and its (many) deficiencies. But the other options are hardly any better. AV was rejected by the people, PR is just a mess for a country that is too partisan (it took a year for Spain to form a new government and after that year, nothing really had changed) and the remaining systems (SV, STV, AMS etc) are either too complicated or will have little effect. There is also little appetite for electoral reform in the country however, as shown by the referendum, there is large appetite for change with our relationship with the EU.
  10. Leaving the EU and customs union presents a great opportunity for the UK to reach back to the Commonwealth, ensure beneficial trade deals and reduce regulations when trading within the UK itself. Yes the referendum was politically motivated but even before the UKIP threat, Cameron wanted treaty change and a referendum. It was about time the people had a say on Europe. The UK did not vote for political union in 1975 and the constant transferal of sovereignty to Brussels was never approved. I think you'll find that most people who voted remain were the ignorant ones. Most voted remain for purely economic reasons, rather than about the institutions within the EU and the vast democratic deficit. I never heard someone make a case for why the European Parliament is good for the UK or why EU law being supreme over UK law is beneficial. Did those voting remain know all of the presidents of the EU? Did those voting remain know that there was even more than one president? Did those voting remain know that EU law is supreme over UK law? Did those voting remain know that the EU is the only declining trade area except Antartica? I am certain many did not. And before you say that those who voted leave voted mainly for stricter laws on immigration or as a protest vote, why does every poll from those who voted leave have the democratic deficit/sovereignty as the main issue. If I remember correctly, immigration was actually third most important. On the flip-side those voting to leave the EU were well aware that would mean leaving the single market, having control over immigration and having control over the laws of the land. The whole "take back control" wasn't some empty rhetoric, it was a literal summary of what Brexit meant.
  11. Very tempted to go to Le Havre for the day in June... £50 return with bike and cabin on the way out but I'll probably have to go on my own
  12. Assuming I get the grades, I will be off to St John's College, Durham!
  13. The express breakfast is £5 right? Assuming you're a family of four - that's £20 saved for breakfast. Then you have the minibar, which I'd say has around £10 worth inside. Then you have the coffee machines in the lounge, assuming only the adults drink one coffee each, that's £4. So you've spent an extra £60, but you've said £34. The actual cost is therefore £24 - and for what? Balcony, comfy beds, more space, better ensuite, lounge and if you're using the restaurant it's far easier to book. If you can afford it, go for it. But an extra £24 isn't too bad.
  14. Officially applied to uni today! Choices were: St Mary's College, Durham - Economics with placement Bath - Economics with placement Surrey - Economics with placement St Catharine's College, Cambridge - Economics Warwick - Economics Desperate to get offers from Durham and Surrey, not too bothered about Cambridge if I'm honest - don't want to get my hopes up.
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