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The vampire at the forefront of
Britain’s economic twilight
The Chancellor has more than a few skeletons in his closet
Poor Gideon. The common muck
that constitutes the general public
recognise our Chancellor of the
Exchequer only as the sinister toff
wielding the axe of austerity.
But there’s so much more to this
oddly featured toff than first meets
the eye. Behind the exclusive gold-
plated upbringing and suffocating
bow tie there lies a man
characterised by lifestyle choices
accessible to the everyman in the
UK. Cocaine and bullying for
Born Gideon Oliver Osborne
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“Electronically monitoring women is not surprising”

Saudi Arabia modernises to impose old fashioned ideas.
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By Ian Horrocks
News writer
By Sumy Sadurni
News writer
What does it mean when the fact
that Saudi Arabian women are now
being electronically monitored is
not that shocking. As reported last
month, male guardians will receive
a text message from authorities
if ‘their’ women are caught in an
airport trying to leave the country
without their permission.
While the Twittersphere went
wild, human rights activists are not
back in 1971, as then Prime Minister
Ted Heath was busy knocking seven
shades of bollinger out of the trade
unions, the future Chancellor began
life in a typical Conservative
background. His family are draped
in the fine cloth of aristocracy and
as the eldest son of four siblings
Gideon can look forward to one day
inheriting the Osborne Baronetcy
held by his Father.
Upon hitting puberty the young
Osborne set himself apart from the
dull pomp of his dynasty and
ruthlessly rebranded himself as
‘George’, dropping the garish
‘Gideon Oliver’ bestowed by his
parents. No one really knows why
Osborne did it, although many have
suggested that the adoption of a
publically likeable name signalled
the beginning of his merciless
political ambition and tact. This boy
wanted to be Prime Minister.
The name change coincided with
Osborne’s entrance into St Paul’s
School, London. Fiercely
competitive and obsessively
ambitious, the young George stood
out in the corridors of prestige,
bruising his classmates both verbally
and physically. A scarred old school
friend notes that George had “no
problems getting stuck in”.
For a man of such disposition, it’s
wholly unsurprising that he moved
on to study at Oxford, joining the
infamous ‘Bullingdon Club’ whilst
there. Trashing restaurants and
hotel rooms before throwing money
at the terrified owners for the repair
bill now became Osborne’s favourite
raucous pastime. Unsurprisingly, his
notorious hobnobbing with the
Bullingdon lot blew away his
academic ambitions and the once
top of the class expert woke up
hazily from his University years with
just a 2:1 in Modern History.
Perhaps shocked by missing out
on top marks, Osborne fell into a
brief period of mediocrity, working
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surprised at the extreme measures
taken by the Saudi Arabian gov
ernment to control the women in
the country using latest technology,
but this is not to say they are not
“The new restrictions are not
surprising,” Maryam Namazie, a
women’s rights activist from Iran,
based in London, told Westminster
News. “The Saudi government is
merely using technology to impose
its restrictions.”
The e-government tactics in
troduced by the Interior Ministry
started in 2010, however the male
guardians only begun to receive
the text messages in the past weeks.
The text messages are sent to the
guardian once the person travel
ling scans their passport in border
control. “The Islamists will often
use the latest technology to oppress
and suppress,” Maryam explained.
“There is no irony here, it is only
when it comes to women’s rights
Continued on page 3...
Ed Balls faced the full force of Osborne’s scorn during his parliamentary response to the Autumn Statement. Sketch by Charlie Sutton
Would this latest service work in the Western world? Picture: Roberto Trm via Flickr
This week TFL opened a new link
closing the gap between Clapham
Junction and Surry Quays. London
Mayor Boris Johnson hoped that,
following London’s Olympic success
this summer, the “hugely popular”
overground service would further
help to regenerate East London
Passengers bound for the city and
other more northerly destinations
can now use the ‘orbital’ service to
reach their destinations without
the hassle of travelling into central
London. 12.3 million passengers are
expected to use the new link every
year and 16 trains an hour will cater
for them.
The 6.76 mile track cost more
than £75 million to build and has
been dubbed the “M25 on rails”.
TFL have promised that the new
route will save commuters time
and money. Now passing through
21 of London’s 32 boroughs, the
overground provides an alternative
to the tube and many passengers
feel that this orbital route is a good
investment for TFL.
Emily, a City worker from
Clapham is very pleased with the
new service: “I travel from Clapham
Junction everyday by tube to work
in The City. The journey used to
take me over an hour but on the
new overground route I am able to
make it to work in less than half an
hour. And it’s cheaper!”
Boris Johnson rode on the new
link on its opening day with Trans
port Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
During their journey they discussed
the Mayor’s proposal to take over
control of commuter train services.
If he wins control, Mr Johnson will
have the power to control ticket
prices, set timetables and order
new trains. Mr McLoughlin said he
hoped the new link would create “a
boom for businesses and commut
Overground users have doubled
since TFL took over the overground
line. Transport Commissioner, Peter
Hendy, said: “It enables passengers
to avoid the already busy centre of
London and to make short jour
neys to destinations in Zone 2 and
beyond. Now, South Londoners can
enjoy a new range of journey op
tions both East and West with quick
connections to National Rail servic
es to Gatwick and across southeast
and southwest England.”
But not everyone is positive about
the new orbital route. Some local
residents and passenger watchdogs
feel that passengers bound for South
London will be “worse off” as the
links that used to be provided by the
South London line will now be lost.
Craig, who travels by National
Rail into London everyday, wasn’t
impressed by his experience on the
overground: “Going on today’s ex
perience a journey that used to take
me 15 minutes took over half an
hour. Getting off at Clapham Junc
tion at rush hour was a nightmare
because of all the extra passengers.
It felt like the start of the London
marathon at the main gate.”
The Director of London Over
ground claimed that the line was
better than the M25 “because we
keep on moving.”
However, only three days after
opening, passengers were experienc
ing delays on the new route. Signal
failures at Surrey Quays meant that
the new service ground to a halt for
over an hour.
Despite these teething problems,
passengers generally seem happy
with the overground’s overhaul. A
recent survey showed that 88 per
cent of passengers were happy with
the service, which is up nine per
cent from this time last year.
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data entry for the recently deceased
and re-folding towels at Selfridges.
The shame of such a fall from grace
would have derailed other, less
ambitious, men of the bourgeoisie.
But as an anonymous old friend
recalls, George “simply did not care
about what others thought” and the
prodigal son soon bounced back,
coming home to a job at the
Conservative Research Department.
It wouldn’t take him long to worm
his way up the ladder and by 1995
Gideon Oliver was working as a
trusted SPAD for the fishy Minister
of Agriculture and Seafood,
Douglas Hogg.
And so carried on his political
career. Biographer Janan Ganesh
observes that in the following years
“he advised, plotted, networked,
schemed, spun, strategised,
campaigned, conspired and above
all climbed within earshot of Big
It was whilst spearheading David
Cameron’s 2005 Conservative
leadership campaign that Osborne
truly marked himself out as an
outstanding political strategist. Key
to his ability to whip fellow Tories
into voting for his candidate was his
prominent position within a cliquey
clutch of key Westminster ‘insiders’,
or “The Guild”, as Osborne
pompously called them. In his own
words, The Guild is all Gideon “has
ever known”.
It was Osborne’s firm grip on
influential right wing figures that
saved his political career around the
same time as Cameron’s
ascendancy. Disaster loomed when
Osborne’s Bullingdon heyday was
brought to the attention of the
nation’s tabloids by an obscure
figure from the seediest shadows of
London, Natalie Rowe. An escort
with dominatrix tendencies, Natalie
alleged that Osborne took cocaine
with herself and others in a London
flat sometime in the early 90’s.
Luckily for gorgeous George, the
story first appeared in the now
defunct News of the World
newspaper when everybody’s
favorite love-to-hate hack Andy
Coulson was Editor. George and
Andy were old chums and Natalie’s
lawyer has accused Coulson of
spinning the story to save Osborne’s
position in politics; “If it would have
been written the other way it would
have finished his career I’m sure.”
Osborne repaid his debt five
years later upon moving into
government as David Cameron’s
Chancellor, by pressuring his Prime
Minister into appointing Coulson as
the Tory’s chief spin-doctor on a
cool salary of 140 thousand pounds.
Of course, that didn’t end too well.
But surprisingly, Osborne’s
political stock continues to rise,
despite his dodgy dealings, expenses
fiddling and Janan Ganesh’s claims
that he wears “the same combination
of pale skin and dark hair favoured
by vampires”.
And perhaps the only true
reflection of George Gideon Oliver
Osborne is that no matter how many
first class carriages he illegally
muscles his way into, at the top – in
the posh seats – is where he will
always stay, such is his intuitive
aptitude for exerting power and
influencing those around him. He
may not be driving the train, but our
misunderstood Chancellor of the
Exchequer is still driving the
“The M25 on rails”
Revolutionary or unnecessary upgrade from TFL?
Osborne continued...
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Welcome to the first edition of
Westminster News, the monthly
newspaper running alongside our
website WNOL.
In this free publication, we will
be highlighting some of the great
original content we produce on the
site, developing some of our most
popular stories and putting together
some longer investigations.
Seeing as 2012 is drawing to a
close, there is a year in review theme
running throughout December’s
edition. The news team look at the
top 10 news stories of 2012 and why
they are so important.
We have investigations into youth
and politics, tracking of women
and Saudi Arabia and a look at our
esteemed Chancellor, George Os
borne, and his slightly sordid past.
The sports section is in the same
vein. We have a wnol exclusive in
terview with world champion cyclist
Mark Cavenish as we look back at a
tumultuous year in cycling and ask
whether the sport has a future.
We also highlight the ever-grow
ing racism row in English football
and review the best moments of a
dramatic F1 season.
Remember to check out wnol.info
to catch all the latest news, sport,
arts and lifestyle that you could ever
need as a young Londoner.
By Nick Spearing
by ian Horrocks
News writer
The link is expected to carry 12.6million passengers anually Picture: Stephen Craven via Geograph
by Georgina Jarvis
News writer
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and human rights that they are
However, authorities have de
fended the programme by saying
that the services apply to anyone the
guardian is responsible for, includ
ing children, other family members
and workers that attempt to leave
the country. The guardian is not
necessarily a husband; it could be
a woman’s father, brother or minor
“I think the issue of guardianship
for women should end. Women are
more than capable of controlling
their own lives and making deci
sions for themselves” Shaista Gohir,
Board Director of Muslim Women’s
Network UK and women’s rights
activist, told Westminster News.
“ When women are prevented in
doing that and when men try to
control them – this is highly dis
criminatory and they have no right
to do that.”
Guardianship continues to be an
important issue that activists are
fighting against. In Saudi Arabia,
women can’t work, study, marry or
travel without the permission of a
father, brother or husband.
“It’s not necessarily a step backwards
in the sense that it is the same old
same old,” Maryam said. “What it
shows though is that, despite all the
control that exists, they need even
more, which also shows that there is
much resistance and dissent.”
In the past Saudi Arabia has
been heavily criticized by women’s
rights activists and human rights
organisations when it comes to its
treatment of women, who continue
to push the government to respect
human rights. For the first time in
the country’s history, two female
athletes were allowed to participate
in the London 2012 Olympics.
In fact, had Saudi Arabia failed
to allow female athletes into the
Olympics, it would have violated the
Olympic Charter, which prohibits
gender discrimination, and the
country would have been banned
from participating in the London
Games, but religion still has the
bigger say in the country.
“Women are being treated like
children due to a very conservative
interpretation of religious texts,”
Gohir said. “In fact, it really just
comes down to men wanting to con
trol women’s minds and bodies and
they have used religion to provide
legitimacy to their personal opinions
by referring to it as the divine will of
God. I blame the religious scholars
for this.”
According to Human Rights
Watch, girls in Saudi Arabia receive
no physical education and the 153
government-supported sports clubs
are men-only. However, it is impor
tant to remember that this isn’t the
only country restricting women, as
Shaista Gohir rightly points out:
“Women are controlled by
different methods across the world
but when it happens in Muslim
countries, it is deemed newsworthy,”
she said.
With the end of the year approach
ing, it is now time to look back at
the stories that shook 2012. Could
this be the end of the world or did
the Mayans get it spectacularly
wrong? We will find out very soon!
In the meantime, Westminster News
lists the top ten news stories of the
year: from the London Olympic
Games to the Royal baby, from the
huge USA elections to the much for
gotten French ones; 2012 has been a
remarkable year for all of us.
10) Royal baby
Over a year and a half into their
marriage, the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge are finally expecting
a future heir to the Great British
throne. After weeks of rumours,
St. James Palace officially announced
that the “pregnancy is in the early
stages”. Bookmakers across the
nation are already at work. Some are
already staging bets on the impact
that the new born baby will have on
the economy, other focusing on the
traditional question of the baby’s
name. Do you care about the most
talked about baby in the world? We
are not so sure.
9) French elections
Who can honestly remember the
French elections in April? Probably
nobody! The current President of
France, Francois Hollande, defeated
flamboyant Nicolas Sarkozy but
has since managed to disappear
from the papers. After a mere
four months in power, only 43%
of French voters were happy with
him. In total, he has fallen 11% in
popularity polls since he took office.
Le sad Monsieur President.
8) Costa Concordia cruise sink
The cruise ship Costa Concordia
partially sank on the night of 13
January, 2012 after hitting a reef
off the Italian coast and running
aground in Tuscany. It required the
emergency evacuation of the 4,252
people on board and thirty people
are known to have died in the acci
dent. The impact that the event had
on the world and its coverage were
huge. Why? Probably because of its
“vintage” taste, how many times in a
lifetime do we witness a cruise ship
7) April Jones
April Jones, a five-year-old girl from
Machynlleth, Wales, disappeared on
the 1st of October 2012, after wit
nesses saw her willingly getting into
a van near her home. Her disappear
ance generated a large amount of
press coverage, both nationally and
internationally and the case remains
unsolved. A 46-year-old man was
subsequently arrested and charged
with Jones’ abduction and mur
der, but searches for her body still
continue today. A week after her
disappearance, 19 year-old Matthew
Woods, who posted offensive com
ments on his Facebook page about
April Jones, was jailed for 12 weeks,
marking the first ever arrest made
on social media charges.
6) The Greek economy
When the financial crisis hit nearly
four years ago, Greece was already
poorly prepared. The public debt
came after years of public waste and
the coup de grace on the national
budget was given by the expensive
Olympics hosted in 2004. Last year
the government failed to bridge the
chasm of splurging. In April 2012,
after Greece implemented austerity
measures, as requested by the EU
–which granted Greece 130 billion
Euros to help the country – Lucas
Papademos was elected Prime
Minister. The situation is now stable
but a default for Greece – which
is still very possible- will have an
immediate and devastating impact
on the whole European economy.
Brace yourself, the crisis is far

from over.
5) Gaza strip conflict
Operation “Pillar of Defence” was
an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) op
eration in the Gaza Strip which was
conducted from the 14th to the 21st
of November 2012. It started with
the killing of Ahmed Jabari, chief of
the Gaza military wing of Hamas.
The stated aims of the Israeli opera
tion were to halt the indiscriminate
rocket attacks originating from the
Gaza Strip and to disrupt the capa
bilities of militant organisations. It
turned out to be more than that, as
105 Palestinian civilians were killed
in the operation. But what struck the
world was the use of social media by
the IDF: Facebook statuses, Twitter
posts and Instagram pictures all
made by IDF soldiers hit the news in
mid-November. Social media went
to war in 2012.
4) Hurricane Sandy
During late October 2012, Hurri
cane Sandy immobilized the city
of New York and the north-eastern
seaboard of the United States. The
event marked the biggest fear in the
Big Apple since the Twin Towers
attack back in 2001. While most of
New York was deserted or dealing
with the damage wrecked in the
heart of the city, life seemed to never
come to a complete stop. Tourists
continued to stroll around Manhat
tan and Brooklyn, seeking refuge in
the few bars that were open. The city
that never sleeps (or stops!)
3) Jimmy Savile
A year ago, Britons were mourning
the passing of one of the country’s
best-loved entertainers. Twelve
months on and Savile has been ex
posed as one of the most prolific sex
offenders in recent history. The for
mer Top of the Pops and Jim’ll Fix
It presenter, who died aged 84, was
linked to hundreds of allegations
of child sex abuse. Later investiga
tions found out that many people
working for the BBC had knowledge
of the incidents, but failed to come
2) The US elections
Barack Obama’s presidential victory
has been a huge hit in world news
but some might say the outcome of
the election was quite predictable,
even though Mitt Romney did turn
out to be a fierce opponent. It was
a close outcome but a victory for
Barack nevertheless. Now comes
the trickiest part: to prove that he is
more than a huge promise.
1) London 2012
What more to say about the Olym
pic Games? London has been in the
world’s spotlight for over a month
this summer. And guess what? It
won! Great opening and closing
ceremonies, spectacular venues,
unexpected Team GB greatness,
huge outpouring of support from
the public and even great weather!
What more could we have asked for?
Certainly Rio de Janeiro will have to
do a lot to beat the London Games.
The biggest news of 2012
What stories make our top 10?
Sharia Law?
by Sumy Sadurni
News writer
by Jonathan Shkurko
News writer
The year in news, from Syria to the London’s 2012 Olympic Games. Picture: Jonathan Shkurko
Its members are traditionally
thought of as old, white and out of
touch with modern multicultural
Britain, but the UK Independence
Party is attracting an increasing
amount of young and first-time
voters. Westminster News spoke ex
clusively to Dan Paddock, a 20-year-
old history student at Hertfordshire
University who has been a member
of UKIP since 2008.
UKIP has been marginalised by
the press, the public and politicians
in the past and has been labelled
by David Cameron as a bunch
of “fruitcakes, loonies and closet
racists”. But over the last year, UKIP
has fought hard to find its way on
to the mainstream political stage,
culminating in a historic victory
over the Conservatives and the Lib
eral Democrats in the Rotherham
The party advocates withdrawal
from the EU and tighter border
controls to limit immigration in or
der to “restore self-government and
democracy to the UK and boost the
economy”. Looking at recent opin
ion polls and by-elections results,
there appears to be an increasing
appetite for populist, right wing and
anti-EU political action.
Youth Independence, UKIP’s youth
wing that represents all UKIP
members aged 18-30, has seen a
significant surge in membership
since the last general elections. But
what is it that is making this ultra
conservative party so attractive to
young people? What has resulted in
the fundamental shift in the party’s
Dan Paddock shared his personal
experience: “During college, I was
branded a ‘racist’ and ‘extremist’ for
supporting UKIP, while many fell
into the hands of the Liberal Dem
ocrat’s propaganda policy for no
rise in tuition fees. The three main
parties are completely out of touch
with the youth of Britain. Many
young supporters are waking up
and seeing that the main three offer
nothing different and no solutions
to our problems.”
Dan argues that UKIP’s popular
ity can be attributed to three key
factors: “The first is the growing
public disapproval of the EU. The
second is the public’s frustration
with the old three parties who offer
out-dated policies. The third, and
perhaps the most important, is that
people are seeing that UKIP offers
real solutions. It is essentially a
people’s party”
Many argue that UKIP offers a
haven for traditional Tory support
ers, who feel that David Cameron is
not anti-EU or conservative enough,
particularly on divisive issues such
as gay marriage. Several cases of pol
iticians defecting from the Conserv
ative Party have been reported. The
most recent example is former Tory
mayor Mark Hughes, who just this
week declared: “I didn’t leave my
party. My party left me.”
Dan states that Cameron repre
sents a shift in the Conservative par
ty to more liberal policies whereas
UKIP represent true conservatism:
“I think many young UKIP voters
support us not only on our anti EU
stance but on our sensible policies
on immigration, housing and crime
as well”. As well as UKIP’s conserva
tive policies, the party’s charismatic
leader Nigel Farage has been held
responsible for the surge in young
members. “Mr Farage has unques
tionably got more young people –
who may have even had no previous
interest in politics – into supporting
UKIP’s politics.”
However, others have argued that
UKIP’s victory over the coalition
parties in recent elections can
simply be put down to the ‘bastard
vote’. Peter Wilby wrote last week in
the New Statesman that in the 2015
general election, UKIP will garner
its most votes “from those who want
to protest against ‘all those bastards’
in power. The vote once went to the
Lib Dems but, to many voters, they
are now the biggest bastards of all.”
While the withdrawal of the UK’s
membership of the EU is at the
heart of the UKIP manifesto and
the party’s support, the continuing
economic turmoil is playing nicely
into their hands. Periods of econom
ic hardship have historically shown
to breed stronger support for right-
The kids are all right

Have young people in Britain lost faith in the big three political parties?
wing, populist parties. UKIP has
only just begun to harness this sup
port. Farage at a party conference
said that “the political establishment
is just going to have to wake up to
the fact that UKIP is here and here
to stay as a significant and rising
mainstream part of British politics.”
UKIP’s charismatic leader, Nigel Farage, addresses party conference

Picture: Euro Realist Newsletter via Fotopedia
by Gia Armstrong
News writer
The risky ways students are funding their degrees

Rising fees and no jobs leave students searching for an alternative

by Florence
News writer
You have to have been hiding under
a rock if you haven’t heard about
the job shortages young people are
currently faced with, from wide
reporting of the issue in the press to
the student demo protest that oc
curred two weeks ago, it is an issue
that is facing us all.
For young people, growing up in
austerity Britain is full of anxious
and difficult choices. One difficult
choice is between a degree cost
ing £50,000 and years of flitting
between the low-paid, undesirable
jobs that offer temporary relief from
the misery of unemployment. For
those who do choose the degree,
unless they are fortunate enough to
come from well off backgrounds,
then they will have to find ways to
cover the costs of living. This, unfor
tunately, has led some students into
making risky decisions.
Mathew Haines, a student from
UCL University spoke to WNOL
about his experience: “When I start
ed university, I wasn’t really worried
about money as I thought my
student loan would cover my costs.
In my second year, when I moved
in to a house in West London with
two friends, all of that changed. My
maintenance loan barely covered
my rent and I started to struggle as
I couldn’t find any part-time work. I
saw an online advert for clinical tri
als offering up to £60 and although I
wasn’t too keen at first, it was a way
for me to make the money I needed.
I told a few of my friends about it
and it wasn’t long before most of
them were doing it too.”
Hospitals and pharmaceutical
companies are always looking for
new people to participate in clinical
trials. Unlike the many requirements
needed to get a job in a competitive
economy, all you need is a clean bill
of health to participate in a clinical
trial, so it is no wonder that the
lure of easy money can be attractive
to students like Matthew and his
The reality is that it’s a danger
ous area. Medical secretary Coleen
Wright who spoke to WNOL said,
“so much could go wrong, especially
with trials that test out new drugs
where there isn’t a lot of existing
research. So what you have is a sce
nario where students are doing it to
gain money to invest in their futures
but they could at the same time be
damaging their futures”.
In a world away from clinical tri
als there is another way students are
making money. According to Katy
Simms from London Met University
a way for her to fund her degree in
psychology was to lap dance. “The
bills were piling up and the mon
ey from my part-time job wasn’t
cutting it, so when a friend told
me about a way I could make extra
money I had no choice but to go for
it. I make more then I’ll ever make
in any other job and it fits in with
my studying. The cost of living in
London is so expensive that I need
to make this money just to keep my
rent paid and food in my fridge.”
Katy’s story isn’t that unusual
because lap-dancing for degrees
has become a common phenom
enon. A recent study of over 200
lap-dancers carried out by Leeds
University found that one in three
of those surveyed were working to
fund their education. The majority
of these were younger women, with
14% working to fund undergradu
ate study, 6% were on postgraduate
courses and 4% in further educa
tion. At a time when government
cuts are set to continue, there is
widespread expectation that more
women will turn to this industry to
fund their studies.
“At one point one of my clients
kept following me home even
though I already told him I wasn’t
interested... I’d be out all day and get
home and he’d be on my door step,
so eventually I had to go to the po
lice” she added “unless I get another
job I can’t see myself stopping any
time soon”. Unfortunately the rise
in university fees and the shortage
of jobs means we are facing a reality
whereby there are some students
who will undoubtedly turn to med
ical trials, lap-dancing or another
risky endeavour to fund their educa
tion in these difficult times.
Students turn to dancing as a way to fund their studies Picture: pic fix via Flickr
The charity Missing People is call
ing for more research to be done on
why some missing children get more
publicity than others.
“It is frustrating not to know. Until
police gather sufficient details about
people’s ethnicity or nationality
and analyse that data…it remains a
It is strange how Madeline
McCann’s disappearance in 2007 in
Portugal sparked the attention of
worldwide news and celebrities. This
year saw another family in distress
after their daughter’s abduction. The
responsiveness of the media should
be questioned.
What was the eagerness to find
both girls when thousands, accord
ing to Missing People, disappear
each year?
April Jones went missing in
early October from her hometown,
Machynlleth, in Wales. She was seen
willingly entering a van near her
home. It has been two months since
the five-year old disappeared and
Machynlleth has received an award
for their reaction during the weeks
after April went missing.
Earlier this month, there had been
an auction in aid of the missing girl,
featuring the designer shoes of ac
tress Catherine Zeta-Jones, fetching
£410 and donations by singer, Bon
nie Tyler. The auction raised a total
amount of £4,000, with one of the
auction items being April’s blouse.
All money raised went to the
fund, which has reached the £50,000
A metre tall pink starlight has
been turned on in Machynlleth in
remembrance of April; as part of
the festive street display. Unlike the
other Christmas lights, which are
switched off overnight, the pink star
remains on through the night.
Missing children have almost
become like a moneymaking
business, where everything depends
on money. A person who finds the
missing child receives a large sum
of money, funds are raised to aid the
search and still no results. Why is
this needed when the police are in
volved? Where is the money going?
It is becoming a coincidence,
which is happening too often, that
blonde girls are getting the most
coverage, even though young boys
are also victims. Secondly, the racial
underrepresentation; the media fail
to cover missing cases of non-white
Missing People is a charity or
ganization founded by sisters, Mary
Asprey OBE and Janet Newman
OBE. They started the charity in re
sponse to the disappearance of Suzy
Lamplugh from Fulham in 1986.
The charity provides a free helpline
for families and those with infor
mation about the missing person’s
Research manager Lucy Holmes
who has been working with the
charity for the last five years said:
“There hasn’t been any specific re
search done to explore what type of
missing people receive more media
coverage than others – some miss
ing people tend to be high profile
and receive a great deal of media.”
Of the 250,000 reported missing
(140,000 under 18) each year in the
The media’s missing children

A call for more research to be done on missing people by U.K charity
UK, only a few receive a heightened
level of coverage, those cases often
meet a certain criteria; the media
tends to focus on sensational cases,
there’s often an indication that a
family member is involved.
Lucy said:
“It can be distressing for relatives
when they don’t get as much cover
age but at the time it is difficult and
they don’t want any media cover
“Police make careful decisions about
whether it is appropriate to have
any publicity because of the risk the
missing person may face.”
Even though we don’t need any data
and analysis to show if the media
are underrepresenting people of
other races, with the look of things,
we just have to wait for some sort of
If you have been personally
affected by this and would like to
state your opinion, please visit www.
wnol.info/ or contact Missing Peo
ple on free phone 116 000 to report
a missing person case.
Youth unemployment is one of the
gravest challenges facing Europe
today, with over 50% of Spanish and
Greek youth out of work. The EU
are proposing a new youth guaran
tee to tackle the problem. A similar
plan has been successful in Finland,
says the EU. Our Finnish corre
spondent, Sanna Kolehmainen, begs
to differ.
The EU’s new youth guarantee
scheme is set to target high youth
unemployment on the continent.
The plan would guarantee young
people a job, apprenticeship or
traineeship within four months of
graduating or becoming unem
For pointers the EU is looking
at similar plans that are already in
place in some European countries.
“The European youth guarantee
should be based on the successful
models of Finland and Austria,” says
the president of the European Youth
Forum, Peter Matjasic. The only
problem is; they’re not successful
Finland adopted its own version
of the youth guarantee in 2005 to
pave the path to employment and
further education for struggling
young people, and to prevent long-
term unemployment and social
exclusion. Under 25’s are provided
with a personalised action plan
within three months of being out
of work and study. The idea and
intent are favourable, but there are a
number of problems.
The pressure is on the job centres
to find placements quickly, while in
reality jobs for inexperienced work
ers are scarce and study places have
been cut down for years. This means
a lot of youngsters are allocated to
the government’s own, especially
created courses, which those attend
ing rarely find useful.
Many work placements are partly
paid by government subsidies,
where companies take on workers
they don’t really have use for. The
young workers then end up doing
odd jobs without learning many
useful skills, and without the option
of carrying on in the same work
place once the subsidy period has
run out.
Young people are required to par
ticipate at the risk of losing their job
seekers allowance or other benefits.
This leads to many of them feeling
the schemes created to help them
are in fact a form of punishment,
and that they have little choice when
it comes to planning the steps they
take in their working life.
Social workers and job centre
personnel also complain they’ve
been given a difficult double role
where they have to, on one hand,
issue sanctions and play bad cop,
while on the other offer support and
encouragement. Like with any one-
size-fits-all plan, there are those who
fall in the cracks.
Therefore the scheme has actually
worsened the problem of exclusion
it aimed to fix. The people who are
offered placements that do not moti
vate them find themselves in a jungle
of sanctions and quarantines that, far
from instilling optimism, raise the
risk of them falling completely out of
the scope of societal services.
While the Finnish youth guarantee
has managed to beautify the youth
unemployment numbers by pro
viding short courses and subsidised
work placements, no real benefits
regarding long-term unemployment
figures have been reported.
The Finnish government is
currently reviewing its plan and has
made proposals to improve cooper
ation between different agencies, to
make it easier for young people to
figure out their options and to allow
them to actively participate in the
Enabling young people to take an
active role in planning their futures,
making the system clearer and easier
to grasp, and developing placements
that answer young people’s needs is
key to the programme’s success.
To make sure the youth guarantee
reaches its goals, the EU would do
well to not only pay attention to the
successes of similar schemes already
in place in Europe, but also their
EU’s youth guarantee scheme needs a re-think

If they’re to succeed, the EU should look at Finland’s failures
by Eruchi Chinda
News writer
The figures for missing children have risen gradually over the years Picture: lost child by Alex Proimos via Flickr
by Sanna Kolehmainen
News writer
Educate, employ, empower: a new youth guarantee plan seeks to alleviate the plight of young Europeans. Picture Sumy Sadurni
Emanuel Diaz, aged 2, missing since August
2011 originally from London Picture: Missing
Top 5 Indie Games to come out in 2013

CoD? Fifa? No. Indie games are the future
by Suzana Nagisa
Arts writer
The new year seems very promising
for gaming. Dead Space 3, Resident
Evil 6, Grand Theft Auto V - all of
these exciting games are coming out
in 2013. However, while mainstream
gaming seems to rely on sequels,
there are many original indie titles
that should not be overlooked.
On Westminster News Online we
talked to indie game developer Jona
than Blow about his new exploration
puzzle game “The Witness” and he
told us that it some elements from
big-name games: have been used in
developing it: “In The Witness there
is a narrator who speaks directly to
the player about himself, through
audio diaries.” This has has become
a classic trope in some first-person
However, most innovative game
play mechanics can be found in
independent games just like “Braid”
and “The Witness” , that turn back
time and explores multiple realities.
Most indie games also strive to
create immersive stories. That is why
we present you this list of the 5 indie
games coming out in 2013 with the
most potential.
1. The Bridge
“To tread on the fringe of possibility
one need only cross The Bridge”
a sequel of The Dark Descent. This
game is set in Victorian London,
where the main character Mr. Man
ders has suspicions of something
horrible happening. To find whether
his suspicions are true, the player
has to solve puzzles, while some
thing lurks in the dark following his
every move.
3. The Light
Recently approved to go on sale in
2013 on online game store Steam,
this game’s genre is hard to deter
mine. It is described on the website
as ‘philosophical’. The Light, created
by a Russian game developer for
Unity3D has very realistic graphics.
It seems that the gameplay consists
of the player exploring abandoned
buildings in absolute solitude and
finding messages on their walls. It
certainly has a very ‘Zen’ feeling to
it and it promises to be ‘not a game’
but ‘an experience’. Other than that,
very little is revealed about the
gameplay or its meaning. The Light
might have been inspired by other
experimental games such as Dear
Ester and is definitely recommended
to those looking for something new
and different.
4. The Dream Machine
This game seems to be a rather
straightforward point and click
adventure. What is unique about
Inspired by graphic artist M. C.
Escher, who drew infinite staircases
and other impossible constructions,
this game is surreal in every aspect
of the word. Created by programmer
Ty Taylor and artist Mario Castane
da, The Bridge destroys the laws of
physics in a world where you control
gravity. That, however, “is not all”
the developers say.
The game introduces vortex fields,
inverted planes of gravity, objects
using disjoint gravity vectors and
many others, making the gameplay
challenging. The Bridge is also
very visually-striking and won the
Achievement in Art Direction of the
2012 Indie Game Challenge award.
Story-wise, the developers prefer not
to reveal too much and let gamers
fully enjoy their experience.

2. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
“The swine will rise.”
A ‘little’ indie game called Amnesia
the Dark Descent revolutionized the
horror genre in 2010. The creepy
atmosphere and realistic gameplay
were stunning. No guns, no swords,
no zombies. Alone in the darkness
of Alexander’s huge mansion, the
only survival options for the player
are hiding or running. The new
horror game “Amnesia: A Machine
For Pigs”, created by indie game stu
dio Frictional Games, shares these
characteristics. However, it is not
There aren’t many films that can
succeed in the making of a prequel,
apart from maybe X-Men: First
Class, and that was fairly mediocre
at best. The Hobbit is a pleasant, and
dare I say it, revolutionary take on
the prequel – could this be the dawn
of a new age of prequels? Probably
not. Nevertheless The Hobbit was
more than worth the wait.
Martin Freeman has given his best
performance yet as Bilbo Baggins.
The young Bilbo is courageous, full
of gumption and has a pleasant, so
ciable nature. Throughout the dura
tion of the film you begin to realise
that, in fact, you like this Bilbo. This
new bond between the audience and
Bilbo brings you to the realisation
that the next time you settle down
for three hours to watch The Return
of the King, you are going to be even
more saddened than you were be
fore, as you will feel upset for Bilbo
too because you now know him as
the loveable Martin Freeman.
Tears aside, The Hobbit has a fresh
comedy about it. This is down to
the Dwarves; Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin,
Dwalin, Balin… I admit defeat,
only Ian Mckellen could remember
those names, let’s just call them
the 13 Dwarves. As they struggle
through their quest to claim back
Erebor, their Dwarven kingdom that
was taken by the dragon Smaug,
they encounter many a challenge
along the way. Alas, we must wait
on tenterhooks until The Hobbit:
The Desolation of Smaug is finally
released at the end of next year.
It certainly wasn’t unexpected, but
it was one hell of a journey.
it, however, it’s the artistic design.
Everything you see on the screen
was hand made from clay and card
board. The story revolves around a
couple expecting a baby, who moves
into a new apartment building.
Anders Gustafsson and Erik Zaring,
who worked on The Dream Machine
for 3 years, say it was inspired by
Roman Polanski’s film The Tenant.
The game is released in chapters, as
many new games are. Chapters 1-3
are out on Steam, but the last 2 are
expected to come out in 2013.
5. Among the Sleep
Among the Sleep is another prom
ising indie horror set to come out
in 2013. From its short trailer, the
game looks like a first person Para
normal Activity. And just like Am
nesia, the game aims to make the
player defenseless, but to a whole
new degree. The protagonist is a
two-year-old: a rather controversial
concept, as the player is armed with
his teddy bear, as he crawls out of
bed every night to watch strange
things happen. According to Krill
bite Studios the game is about ‘child-
like imagination’ and “a perspective
we all have a distant familiarity with,
but few can clearly remember what
it felt like.”
The Hobbit review
by Lindsey Brown
The Bridge - an new surreal indie game, in which you control gravity. Inspired by M. C. Escher’s
impossible constructions; screenshot from the game’s official website.
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, the new indie horror game from Frictional Games Studio and Chinese Room Picture: screenshot from the game’s official
Shonen Knife – Pop Tune review

Here’s our thoughts on the album they came to promote
When Japanese all-girl trio Shonen
Knife graced Shoreditch’s Cargo in
October, they left the city in a whirl
of smoke and confetti. With their
black hair streaming in spirals under
colourful lights, glittery pink guitars
and matching outfits, the band per
formed their new album
Pop Tune

for the first time in the UK.
WNOL were there and here’s what
we think of the album.
Shonen Knife have been a cult
favourite since their 1983 album,
“Burning Farm”, which inspired
dedicated fans over gleeful songs
about chocolate ice cream and rare
animals, accompanied by edgy punk
rock side of bass-heavy drums and
wild chanting. In their 18th studio
Pop Tune
, Shonen Knife
continue to bring out catchy songs,
in keeping with their usual candy
rock vein.
Ghost Train has a ripped up, 90s
rock sound, with guitars reminis
cent of Sonic Youth on happy pills,
and lyrics suggesting images of
ghost trains. The album then trans
ports us to a subway station where
the song “Mr J” focuses on the life
of a businessman, watching him hug
dogs and roll up his trouser cuffs.
Strange as the subject matter may
seem, if you’re looking for an album
to boost your mood, this is definite
ly the one to listen to. The tracks are
pop songs about slices of cake and
finding joy in simple things in life.
Listening to this album reminds of
our childhood with all-you-can-eat
restaurants and sunny afternoons at
the park; but
Pop Tune
also carries
the right amounts of guts and sub
stance in its music to be considered
more than just bubble gum pop
The album’s title track is actually
the weakest on the album. As fun
as it is, at first, it gets repetitive and
eventually loses its momentum.
On the other hand, there should be
more focus on songs like “Psy
chedelic Life”, which has a darker
atmosphere but still manages to be
catchy and upbeat. Although Sho
nen Knife keep to their traditional,
trademark style on the album, they
venture out into new moods and
instruments: at one point they also
use a kazoo to add extra buzz and
heighten the mood of the album
even further.
Shonen Knife are one of those
bands that remind you to lighten up
and enjoy life, and we need them to
keep encouraging us to take pleasure
in the small things.
Pop Tune
let us down in that department, and
there are even a few motivational,
comforting songs to listen when life
gets hard. Mellow songs, like the
soothing Paper Clip, dreamily tell
the listener that “life is a journey
no need to cry” and remind them to
“go with the flow”.
In the wiry, upbeat Move On,
singer Naoko moves into a slightly
darker place than usual by singing
about the sad parts of life, “life is
always very hard
lots of wind and
many things in this world do
not go as you want” but uplifts the
listener with encouragement to
“move on
like a rolling stone”. She
advises that “when you feel some
try to remember a song
you like”, and
Pop Tune
may be the
perfect album for that kind of musi
cal therapy.
After they are finished with their
Pop Tune
tour, Shonen Knife are
doing a brief Space Christmas tour
of Japan in December, and will play
in Tokyo and Nagoya in February.
However, as Naoko wielded her pink
guitar in London last October, she
declared that the UK will certainly
see more of Shonen Knife in the
Films to watch in 2013
Shonen Knife rock Shoreditch’s Cargo Pictures: Amber King
Django Unchained (release: Jan 18th
Quentin Tarantino’s newest creation
will allegedly be a powerful return
to form. Expect the usual over-the-
top action sequences and sharp
dialogue as Tarantino visits Spa
ghetti Western territory. Jamie Foxx
will play the title role as an escaped
slave, making his way across Amer
ica with Dr. King Schultz, a bounty
hunter played by Christoph Waltz.
Gangster Squad (release: Jan 11th
American heartthrob Ryan Gosling
will co-star with Emma Stone in this
by Amber King
by amber king
Arts writer
crime noir set in 1940s LA. The film
will follow the LAPD’s fight to keep
the East Coast Mafia out of the city.
Also starring Giovanni Ribisi, Josh
Brolin, and Sean Penn, and directed
by Ruben Fleischer who also did
“Zombieland”, Gangster Squad is
sure to satisfy fans of light-hearted
crime flicks.
A Liar’s Autobiography (release: Feb
8th 2013)
Fans of British comedy icons Monty
Python will be excited to hear about
this affectionate biographical about
the late Graham Chapman, based on
his largely fictional autobiography.
It is to be an animated film, featur
ing the voice of Chapman himself,
as well as all of the other Pythons
except that of Eric Idle.
Often considered to be one of
the best leagues in world football,
the Premier League is now fighting
tooth and nail to maintain its status
as top dog in Europe.
The Premier League has seen
some of the most exciting foot
ball ever produced. Think Arsene
Wenger and his 2004 ‘invincibles’ or
Sir Alex Ferguson’s team of 1999. A
team made up of ‘just kids’, as Alan
Hansen put it, which went on to win
the treble and start a dynasty that
hasn’t been matched since.
The Premier League has always
been able to attract the best players
in the world and in turn forming
some of the best squads in Europe.
The likes of Eric Cantona, Thiery
Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo all
plied their trade and made their
names in the English game. Names
that have gone on to be considered
some of the best the planet has ever
So why is our league facing such a
dramatic decline?
Many believe that the problem
festering around English football
nowadays is complacency. Naturally,
this has coincided with an undeni
able weakening of Premier League
sides in European competitions.
Our European counterparts no
longer see us as ‘The Best League
in the World’, as so many countries
thought we were between 2007-
2009, a period in which the Premier
League provided nine of twelve
Champions League semi-finalists.
Now, rather than pundits labelling
us the best league in the world,
they are now calling us ‘The Most
Exciting and Competitive League in
the World’. A fair assessment if we
consider that since 2010, our league
has provided just two of the twelve
These statistics make it very
difficult to argue against the fact that
our league is in rapid decline. A de
cline that is being ruthlessly exposed
when we step on the European stage
on a Tuesday or Wednesday night.
Our so called ‘big four’ – Arsenal,
Chelsea, Manchester United and
Liverpool – was a great advertise
ment for our league; epitomising the
control, authority and discipline that
has for so long been the fine attrib
utes bestowed on our teams.
This is backed up if we delve
deeper into the numbers. Between
2005 and 2009 our ‘big four’ played
120 games in the Champions
League, losing just 13 and keeping
48 clean sheets. However, since 2010
these figures have vastly gone down.
The most notable change has seen
Manchester City replace Liverpool
as one of the top four of the Premier
League and, since the change, the
‘big four’ have lost 14 times in 72
European games, keeping just 28
clean sheets. If you look solely at
this season, it makes for poor read
ing – with just three clean sheets in
20 matches with three defeats.
The quintessence of the league’s
almost shambolic decline is Man
chester City, whose squad is worth
well in excess of £320 million. The
current English champions hold the
record of being the worst English
team in Champions League history.
And if we consider that the total
cost of their starting eleven when
facing Borussia Dortmund was over
£200 million (£125 million more
than their opposition), it outlines
everything that is wrong with our
great league. For the first time in the
history of the Champions League,
three Bundesliga sides qualified
for the knockout stages as group
winners. A clear sign of how much
their league has progressed almost
effortlessly over the past few years in
comparison to the Premier League.
The decline of our great league

English teams no longer top-dogs in Europe
Despite our top clubs having
significantly higher wage bills than
most of Europe’s elite, the level of
football on display is not what it has
been in recent years; a sure sign that
our clubs need to start focussing
on honing in on the potential of
home-grown players. Players who
understand what the game means to
English supporters and what the his
tory of the clubs they play for mean
to the fans. There are simply too
many players in this league playing
for their hefty paypacket come the
end of the month.
Manchester United prepare for a critical European encounter Picture: Joscarfas via Flickr
by Chris Smith
Sports writer
The call for a return to standing at
UK football grounds has recently
received backing by the Football
Supporters’ Federation (FSF).
Thirteen English league clubs
support reintroducing standing at
grounds. The Supporters’ Federation
believes that the pilot scheme would
show standing – banned following
the Hillsborough disaster – is now
safe enough to reintroduce.
The FSF says the idea has the sup
port of Aston Villa and the Scottish
Premier League plus 12 Football
League clubs, including Peterbor
ough United, Cardiff City, Crystal
Palace, Derby County and Hull City.
The proposal is to introduce a
design of “rail seat”, currently being
used in Germany’s Bundesliga. Rail
seating uses a safety barrier and a
flip-down seat in every other row,
enabling the seats to be locked
upright, reducing the danger of a
Aston Villa and Peterborough have
already committed to hosting small-
scale trials, expected to commence
next year.
However, the introduction of
standing areas is also strongly
opposed by members of the Hills
borough Families Support Group.
Margaret Aspinall, chair of the
HFSG, said:
“There were 96 dead at Hillsbor
ough and it could have been a lot
more. Standing should never, ever
come back. I do not think there is
anything safe about standing.”
A decision on the matter will be
made next year.
by Chris Smith
Time for
seating to
stand down
England are perpetually consid
ered one of the premier footballing
nations in the world, despite flops
at every tournament since 1996.
English players are largely over-rat
ed, here are our five most over-rated
English players playing today.
Andy Carroll
Two years ago Kenny Dalglish’s
Liverpool were robbed blind of
£35million for a horse. A season
and a half later the reds were dying
to put Andy down, having scored
a paltry six goals. Following fellow
mule Fernando Torres, he is the
most expensive footballer in Eng
land. This “classic center forward”
lacks any modern striking abilities
allowing a contemporary dynamic
defence to easily mark him with
Wayne Rooney
His brilliance in December’s
Manchester derby is but one of
the rare flashes of the no-longer-
young forward’s ability. Only Lionel
Messi and Christiano Ronaldo are
paid more to play football than
he. Rooney is a fine player but he
defines over-rated. This season his
inconsistency has seen him shy into
a more midfield role as he struggles
to keep up with United’s bountiful
list of goal scoring talent. Since Euro
2004 he has been the sole ray of
hope for England fans in a team that
played such woes as James Milner
and Robert green. But Wazza has
been consistently awful in every
major tournament.
Gary Cahill
Another case of the English
media hyping beyond recognition.
Last season Cahill lead the Bolton
defence to a pathetic 47 conceded
goals in their 20 games before his
move to Chelsea. Cahill has been
getting starts this season filling in
for John Terry, and in turn proving
he is not up to scratch for a team
of Chelsea’s caliber. At 26 he is well
into his maturity as a player and
reaching his peak. He is a stopgap,
not the saviour of England’s defence.
Theo Walcott
Arsenal and their fans have a
reputation for porkies about their
young players. But the insanity was
taken one notch further in 2006
when the clueless Sven picked 16
year old Walcott for the world cup,
ignoring proven scorers Jermaine
Defoe and Darren Bent for a child
he had never seen play. The now
23-year-old is snubbing the famous
ly frugal Arsene Wenger’s offer in
excess of £80,000 a week. This one
dimensional and patchy player will
probably be much happier on City’s
bench, a club dumb enough to pay
the diabolical Craig Bellamy £80,000
a week.
Punching above their weight
The five most over-rated English footballers

BBC Sports Personality 2012
The year when you had to do more than win Olympic gold
The Olympics was always going to
dominate sport in this country this
year. December 16th’s ceremony at
London’s ExCel arena is a time for
our nation’s sports men and women
to “officially” gain recognition of
their achievements. It’s also a night
that will highlight that 2012 is a year
where winning an Olympic gold just
isn’t enough to be honoured with
BBC’s prestigious award.
Having to pick 12 sportspeople
from the most successful year in
British sporting history was always
going to be difficult. Looking at the
quality of names that are not includ
ed on the shortlist confirms how
special this year really was.
Rather expectedly, those who rep
resented our country at the Olym
pics this year dominate the shortlist.
11 of the 12-long shortlist are Olym
pians (it probably would have been
all 12 if not for golf ’s absence from
the Olympics) making it difficult
for contenders to stand out this year
with a gold medal, when everyone
else also has one or two as well.
The origin of the award consisted
of the sportsperson who was judged
to have achieved the most for that
particular year in sport. Sticking
with this logic, it’s no wonder why
Bradley Wiggins is the favourite for
the accolade. His 375-gram Olympic
gold medal rests comfortably and
proudly with his
Maillot jaune
lowing victory in the Tour de France
in July. He is the only person to ever
win an Olympic gold medal in track
cycling and have a victory at one of
the Grand Tours.
There isn’t a single name on the
shortlist that doesn’t deserve the
award – which is undoubtedly
quite a wonderful problem to have.
Perhaps, after the extraordinary
year that our sporting greats have
had – where a gold medal alone isn’t
enough, there shouldn’t be a contest
for the award this year and instead
the honour should be given to all
gold medalists. Failing this, follow
ing the victories and records that
have been broken, it would be fitting
if it were a cyclist who were to take
home the beeb’s top sporting prize
for the second year running.
Pictures from left to right: Steenbergs, Joscarfas, Ben Sutherland, Ronnie Macdonald and Billy Liar
via Flickr
by James Rowland
Sports writer
by adam Venner
Joe Hart
A humble and honest keeper with
a good level of skill. Unfortunately,
however, he comes from a country
with such bad stoppers that as soon
as one who can stop a 30-yard poke
emerges, he is hailed as the messiah.
Comparing Hart to the class of Iker
Casillias or Gigi Buffon is laughable,
he is a solid and growing player but
has costly lapses (such as conceding
three weak goals in December’s der
by, and four needless goals against
Sweden) unless he can control his
wandering eccentricity Joe Hart will
never be a world class player.
Sleeping with each other’s WAGs &
injunctions galore!
New comers worrying about se
ducing a relatively attractive WAG
needn’t worry. To survive in the
English game, foreign players will
need to adopt the “like the look of
it, have it” attitude – remember to
make sure they are as stealthy as
possible for best results. Also, the
amount of future super injunctions
should be agreed upon and put in
any new arrival’s contract, just to be
on the safe side - you don’t want to
be caught out by any surprises.
Goalkeeping mistakes are a must
It’s a must that any goalkeepers as
piring to come to this country must
be at fault for a few clangers in their
time. If their reputation hasn’t been
completely destroyed after their first
In a bid to combat racism in foot
ball, the F.A plans to introduce the
“English Football’s Inclusion and
Anti-Discrimination Action Plan”.
The two key points of the plan
involve a mandatory anti-racism
clause in players’ contracts (with
bans put in plans for those who
are found guilty of racism) and the
introduction of “cultural awareness
lessons” for foreign players. That’s
right, the F.A thinks the root of the
racism problem stems from every
foreigners “backward” ideologies –
which is quite an ironic look at it.
The 93-paged document is in
aid of a reducing discrimination as
requested by Prime Minister David
Cameron. So with this in mind, here
are three cultural lessons we maybe
should be expecting…
“Cultural lessons” the F.A should maybe consider,
however ridiculous they may seem
by Adam Venner
Sports writer
and only air-kick, own goal or miss
placed back-pass then increase the
intensity of the lesson and wait for
better results. Lessons are taught by
Robert Green, David Seaman and, if
he’s not busy assisting in possibly yet
another of the greatest goals of all
time, Joe Hart.
Moan about everything
This is quite surprising really
but foreign football players still
haven’t fully embraced our nation’s
wonderful mind-set of unrelent
ing complaining. There have been
glimpses of some success: Carlos
Tevez’s attack on the weather in
Manchester is inspiring and Rafael
Van der Vaart’s lamenting moan
about playing out of position for
Tottenham is a good place to start.
If you’re not moaning, you’re not
doing it right.
What a crazy rollercoaster ride
2012’s Formula One season was. It
had all the highs and lows for every
team, driver and fan, a crash or two
and tons of fast on-track action. But,
in a season full of excitement and
drama, what were the best bits?
Win of the year– Kimi Raikkonen
in Abu Dhabi
We so wanted him to succeed in his
return to Formula One and whilst
he had been Mr. Consistency all
year with constant points finishes,
sadly he’d yet to make that elusive
top step. Abu Dhabi just proved he
was as great as ever.
Pole position of the year – Michael
Schumacher in Monaco
A fantastic track that separates the
men from the boys. Mere inches
from the barrier, you really have to
have some skill to get the car around
the track in one piece, let alone put
in the fastest lap of the day when it
counts most. Schumi managed just
that this year, giving his dedicated
fans a chance to see the champ back
on the top spot.
Shock of the year – Lewis Hamil
ton leaves McLaren
Will he? Won’t he? For a long while
everyone was wondering whether
Lewis would stay at McLaren. But a
shock announcement came when he
said he was to be joining Mercedes
next season.
Hero of the year – All the pit crew
As if those guys aren’t brave enough
standing around a car sized painted
box waiting for the car to come
towards them at 100km/h (62mph).
However, in Spain the Williams
garage caught fire. Everyone battled
the fire with extinguishers and
hoses. True heroes all ready to help
each other.
Radio Call of the year – Kimi Rai
kkonen in Abu Dhabi
Taking the lead of the race, his engi
neer Simon Rennie radios through
the gap to the car behind and who
it is. Kimi simply replies, “Just leave
me alone, I know what I am doing”.
Later, behind the safety car, Kimi’s
engineer sends a very standard
message reminding him to heat the
tires and Kimi’s next reply, “Yes, yes,
yes, yes. I’m doing it all the time.
You don’t have to remind me every
second”. The Iceman, icy cold as
always on the radio, made everyone
Overtake of the year – Nico
Hulkenberg gets two places in two
In Korea, Nico was chasing down
Hamilton and Grosjean, who
seemed to be fighting over the posi
tion ahead. As Grosjean fell behind
slightly, Nico took his chance and
dove through, but Lewis ran wide
and the door was open: he’d be
stupid not to claim that too? So he
did and stole two places in just two
Disappointment of the year –
Mercedes’ double DRS system
At the start of the year all anyone
could talk about was the double
DRS system that Mercedes had
utilised, creating extra speed in the
DRS zones. Everyone intended to
copy them but nobody did, and it
turns out it was for the best because
at the last race of the year the team
admitted they’d got it wrong.
Improvement of the year – McLar
en pit crew
They started out this year with prob
lems left right and centre. The wheel
nuts weren’t going on and were
getting jammed. Every stop seemed
to drag on for an eternity and all the
commentators could say was that
McLaren had messed up again. A
quick switch to a different system
and all was fixed. The crew practised
harder than ever and managed to
stick in a world record pit stop time
of sub 2.3 seconds, proving them
selves to be the quickest crew on the
Surprise driver of the year – Sergio
Fernando Alonso’s win in Malaysia
was a definite masterpiece, mostly
because of the bad conditions of
the track. Nevertheless Sergio Perez
took the centre stage of the race. The
22 year-old Mexican driver made
a single mistake that cost him the
victory, which would have also been
the first for Sauber in Formula1. Af
ter the race, even the winner Alonso
admitted that the young Mexican
deserverd the victory He is des
tined to greatness. Lucky McLaren
snapped him up.
With 2012 being such a fun sea
son to watch and 2013’s regulations
set to stay the same, next year will
hopefully be as exciting. Whether it’s
the drama in a battle for the cham
pionship or Kimi Raikkonen giving
us the best answers in interviews,
2013 should be a ton of fun.
Formula One 2012 season – best of

Looking back at a year in the fast lane
held up as the example for its dis
tinct lack of racist incidents com
pared to other countries. In the past
30 years we have worked to improve
stands, clubs, atmosphere, safety
and with this has come a huge
improvement in clamping down on
racism. Unfortunately the events of
the past year have lead many to ask
whether the reputation of English
football has eroded; is football
becoming racist or are we just pub
licly flushing the issue out?
The task of removing racism
from everyday life is sadly near
impossible, so it’s up to footballs
governing bodies to implement
change. Footballers and campaign
ers agree and haven’t held back
in their critiscism of the Football
Manchester United defender
and anti-racism campaigner, Rio
Ferdinand was first to come down
on FIFA President Sepp Blatter over
his comments that racism can be
forgotten with a handshake – not
what you want to hear from essen
tially the highest power in football.
However, Ferdinand then came
under fire himself after refusing to
wear a T-Shirt with the Kick It Out
campaign logo on in October. He
claims it was a protest against the
way in which the John Terry and
Luis Suarez punishments were dealt
with; why should one get double the
ban the other gets? Is it zero toler
ance or not?
In the past month we have seen
three major events that didn’t
include footballers and didn’t
include sanctions.
Premier League referee Mark
Clattenburg was accused and then
cleared of using racist language
toward Chelsea centre-midfielder
John Obi Mikel, something that
anti racism group Society of Black
Lawyers were not happy about. The
group’s chairman Peter Herbert was
outraged that just because no wit
ness had come forward, the incident
was dropped and not reported.
The lines have become blurred
and racism in football has come
off the pitch. Last month a group
of Tottenham fans were attacked
and stabbed in an anti-Semitic
attack in Rome prior to Tottenham’s
clash with Lazio simply because of
the clubs heritage – none of those
involved were even Jewish.
The next week racist chants could
be heard from West Ham fans,
again about ‘Yids’ and cruel refer
ences to World War II. Campaigners
such as David Baddiel are outraged
that just because these crimes aren’t
against Black or Asian people they
get overlooked. There have been no
reports of fans being ejected and
banned for life from their club after
shouting “Yid”.
We have reached a pivotal point
in football where it’s time to re-eval
uate what is right and wrong, to
put laws, rules and punishments
in place that don’t conflict and to
educate players and fans. The row
is taking place in public view so it’s
time for governing bodies to step up
and show us that racism is not and
will never be accepted.
The latest in

racism storm
By Anneka Sillitoe
By Georgia Sorsky
The youngest ever triple Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel drove his Red Bull RB8 to the top. Picture: Vojtech Jakubec via Fotopedia
Andy Murray has had a sensation
al year, winning Olympic gold in
the men’s finals and becoming the
US Open champion. The ‘angry
Scotsman’ left everything out on
court this year.
His loss against Roger Federer at
Wimbledon seemingly became the
catalyst for Murray’s turn in for
tunes, leaving him ranked third in
the world.
Key to the Scotsman’s success has
been the appointment of former
world number one, Ivan Lendl.
Lendl has been pivotal to Murray’s
recent change in form that has seen
him compete on under the highest
pressures of the game.
Andy Murray’s conditioner, Jez
Green told the Guardian of his work
out regime where team Murray go
over key matches and replicate them
during training.
Murray now faces a fresh new
challenge in 2013, having to defend
his US Open title later on in the
First on the list is the risky busi
ness challenging a certain Novak
Djokovic for the Australian Open.
Murray has a well-known enemy
in he Serbian champion and “seven”
is the centric number for Murray:
seven days separate the two in age,
they have met seven times in finals,
and of the 17 times they’ve played,
the Scot has won seven.
Murray overcame the Serb in
New York, to become Britain’s first
grand slam winner in 76 years, but
earlier this year Djokovic got the
better of him in Australia in a titan
ic 5-hour battle for a place in the
Djokovic has evolved into a dif
ferent tennis animal, with his signa
ture bass-line defence the scourge
of many players in the circuit. To
show for all this work, the super
Serb has won every Grand Slam
on the tour, except for the Roland
No stranger to a French Open
win is Roger Federer. Fed-ex has
delivered matches with Murray
that have pushed him to the brink.
Synonymous of brilliance, Federer’s
record is simply legendary. His tech
nique is pristine and the accolades
he’s collected seem infinite.
But the Swiss maestro is now 31
years old and feeling it. His sched
ule for the year has been reduced
to keep his wary legs at bay, but so
far the artistic grace of the King of
the Courts hasn’t been comprised
by this fatigue. And the matches
missed aren’t worth crying over.
More notably in recent years,
Federer has acquired a very use
ful alliance with indoor courts.
Statistics show that he has improved
a lot in closed spaces, winning five
out of six indoor championships.
And all Murray fans will remember
the drubbing that the Scot faced
once the centre court roof closed at
Wimbledon in this year’s final.
Regardless, Federer enters 2013
with the lowest slam win since the
2000. His hard court game is wan
ing while Murray’s is flourishing. A
meeting between the two is on the
cards for the Australian Open: are
we aiming too high for a back-to-
back slam victory?
While praising the efforts of the
top players of the year, we neglect
the gains of the others who made
a splash this year. David Ferrer has
been great, turning bionic to get
through a packed season. Winning
seven ATP titles this season and
collecting the most wins out of all
players on tour, the Spaniard sits
fifth at the end of this year.
Argentinian powerhouse Juan
Martin Del Potro beat Novak
Djokovic to Olympic Bronze in a
straight set victory shocker. Like
Ferrer, Del Potro is a frequent name
in the quarter and semi-finals draw.
Alongside them is Tomas
Berdych. Racking up wins against
Roger Federer, Del Potro and Andy
Roddick, the Czech is no stranger to
upsetting the odds.
As good as they may be, Murray
can dispatch them quite easily -
which he has over the previous
Playing the long game seemed to
work pretty well for the US champ.
And he should stick to that tested
plan which brought down both the
Serb and Federer.
Statistically, Murray is a hard-
court man, with the surface working
nicely with his vicious return pace.
In addition to that, battles on grass
show he has what it takes to win on
home turf. But his clay form can
still be worked on.
He has yet to beat Djokovic on
the orange surface, but hasn’t faced
him on it since appointing Ivan
Lendl as his new coach.
He has managed to beat Federer
on clay, albeit the Madrid Masters.
With all this said, Rafael Nadal still
has to return to the sport – which
he is in time for the Australian
The Spaniard managed to retain
his French slam title. However his
2012 season was abruptly halted
by a knee injury. Not before he
crashed out of Wimbledon in the
second round against the unseeded
Czech, Lukas Rosol.
Rafa now sits fourth in the ATP
rankings – his lowest end year rank
ing since 2004 – but the long period
away from the court may prove
to be his ace up his sleeve in the
upcoming season.
After rushing back from a similar
injury in 2009, Nadal found it hard
to regain form. This time around,
he decided to adopt a ‘more haste,
less speed’ approach, allowing
himself to fully recover. On the
other hand, his title rivals are still
exhausted from the short off-season
break and potentially easy pickings
for the Spaniard on a mission.
Nadal is not pinning all his hopes
on instant success after his injury.
Bur his plan for his recovery does
involve his favourite surface, clay.
More of that Murray Magic?

Can Murray keep up his winning form in the new season?
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Green Jersey at next year’s Tour and
that changing teams will help him
achieve that aim:
“The Tour de France is the biggest
race for me. I’d like to continue win
ning five or six stages there and the
Green Jersey. Omega Pharma-Quick
Step is a strong team. It is a classics
based team, so should be strong
for the sprint. They have no GC
[General Classification] ambitions
so it should be a dedicated team for
the Tour.”
Looking to the future, British
Cycling looks set to be a huge
part of the cycling universe, but
should we really care that we are
succeeding in a sport that has been
surrounded in scandal for the last
20 years?
Yes we should. Team Sky and,
in particular, Dave Brailsford are
paving the way for a clean sport and
winning without the help of per
formance enhancing drugs. In the
Sky Atlantic documentary Road to
Glory, Brailsford outlined his “mar
ginal gains” policy, a philosophy
that doing all the little things right
(from bedding to the team bus)
will make up the physical gains that
doping used to.
Sky’s anti-doping policy is one
that should be admired across the
cycling world. After the revela
tions of this year, Team Sky parted
company with rider Michael Barry,
coaches Bobby Julich, Steven de
Jongh and sporting director Sean
Yates, all of whom revealed previous
association with the doping culture
of cycling. Yates had been integral
to the success of Team Sky through
out 2012, helping mastermind
Wiggins’ Tour success.
With such a strict anti-doping
mentality, British Cycling and Team
Sky have shown that it is possible to
be successful in the sport of cycling
without the gains of drugs. The
world needs to learn from its trou
bled past, look beyond the ghost of
Armstrong and adopt the Brailsford
and British mentality.
British cycling...

Murray’s forehand return: the key to his rewarding season Picture: Mbevis via Flickr
By Shelana Bernadine-Williams
Sports writer
Westminsternews - Online
are England’s top five

over-rated footballers? Does Rooney
make our list? Page 10
British cycling set for world dominance

An impressive 2012 is just the tip of the iceberg
Golden year:
Wiggins celebrates in Paris after Tour victory. Courtesy of Brendan A Ryan via Flickr
Undeniably, 2012 has been the most
tumultuous year cycling has ever
seen. The usual thrills and spills on
the bike have been coupled with the
dethroning of the sport’s most suc
cessful athlete: Lance Armstrong.
We all know the story, the
American battled back from brain,
lung and testicular cancer to win Le
Tour de France for a record seven
consecutive years. However, this
October, USADA (United States
Anti-Doping Agency) credited his
success to “the most sophisticated,
professionalised and successful dop
ing programme that sport has ever
Despite Armstrong’s unmask
ing, cycling has never been bigger.
Interest in cycling has grown hugely
in the last five years. Team GB
raked in an unbelievable 14 medals
at Beijing in 2008 and with Team
Sky (the first British pro-team)
forming a year later, cycling was
beginning to take a place in the
British sporting zeitgeist.
However, despite the contro
versies of this year, cycling has
exploded in popularity. Thanks to
more success for Team GB in the
Olympics and Bradley Wiggins
becoming the first Briton to win Le
Tour, the sport has never been as
celebrated countrywide.
In an exclusive interview with
WNOL, former Team Sky sprinter
Mark Cavendish spoke of the sport’s
growth in popularity: “[Cycling]
was growing anyway, but [2012]
smashed it out the top. We had an
incredibly successful year, I was
world champion, Brad won the
Tour and we had all the success at
the Olympics. There is nothing bet
ter to evoke interest than success.”
Recent successes doesn’t seem
to be just a flash in the pan. With
Dave Brailsford at the helm of
British Cycling and Team Sky, the
golden era of British Cycling could
well be here to stay.
With the career’s of track cycling
world-beaters Sir Chris Hoy and
Victoria Pendleton drawing to a
close, the emphasis on nurtur
ing young cycling talent is to be
a critical part of track success in
future World Championships and
Olympic Games.
Epitomised by the double gold
medal winner Laura Trott (20),
there is an abundance of young
cycling talent waiting in the wings
to establish themselves on the
world stage. Trott’s Team Pursuit
colleagues Danni King (22) and
Joanna Rowsell (24) will be hitting
their prime by the time Rio 2016
rolls around, while the likes of Peter
Kennaugh (23), the aptly named
Ben Swift (24), Phillip Hindes (20)
and Jessica Varnish (22) are just the
tip of the iceberg when it comes to
young British talents.
Living up to success on the road
may be more difficult. Bradley
Wiggins’ success was almost
unheard of. A predominantly
track rider, for the beginning of
his career, switching to the road
and building slowly to take the top
prize: The Yellow Jersey.
However, with such quality
currently surrounding the British
cycling scene, it seems unlikely
that the Kilburn-raised cyclist will
be given a chance to defend his
crown. With an extremely moun
tainous route set for the 2013 Tour
de France, Brailsford has put his
faith elsewhere. Chris Froome,
who played second fiddle to team
leader Wiggins in Le Tour, where
he finished second, and London
2012, where he picked up Bronze
in the Time Trial, looks set to enter
Le Tour as the leader of Team Sky.
He is currently second favourite,
behind Spaniard Contador, with the
But what of hero Wiggo? As well
as being a valuable cog in the Team
Sky wheel as they hope to retain
their Tour de France crown with
Froome, Wiggins is likely to chal
lenge for the second most presti
gious of the Grand Tours, the Giro
D’Italia (Tour of Italy). Brailsford
told the BBC in November: “The
Tour of Italy route looks really, real
ly good for Bradley. Brad’s focus will
be on the Tour of Italy and then go
onto Le Tour de France from there.”
Brailsford also made the shrewd
move to allow Cavendish to leave
Team Sky. The Manxman told
WNOL that he wants to win the..
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Racism row sparks fresh controversy

Norwich’s Sébastien Bassong latest in a long line of victims
Nick Spearing
Sports writer
Earlier this month Norwich’s
Sebastien Bassong became the lat
est sportsman subjected to alleged
racial abuse. Bassong claims that he
became the victim of a racist gesture
by a spectator whilst he was cele
brating Norwich’s fourth goal with
his teammates.
It seems not a week goes by with
out the race row that surrounds
football rearing its ugly head. The
storm has been gathering momen
tum since last October when John
Terry was accused of racially abus
ing Anton Ferdinand. Terry was
found not guilty by the court, but
an independent inquiry by the FA
found him guilty and served him a
£220,000 fine and a four-match ban.
A couple of months later
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was called
up in front of the FA and found
guilty of calling Patrice Evra “negri
to” seven times in two minutes.
Though Suarez escaped court, he
still faced a £40,000 fine and an
eight-match ban.
Did these incidents create a
Premier League racism snowball, or
did they just highlight a wider issue
that had, until now, been swept
under the rug. Racism is an evil
that is not exclusive to football; it’s
a problem that we face everywhere,
The players have clearly learnt
their lesson, but the racism side
show didn’t stop there. We have
since watched a number of other
incidents play out in the media.
This month UEFA missed their
chance to turn public opinion by
fining Serbia £65,000 for the rac
ist brawl following the Under 21s
match against England in October -
£15,000 less than Nicklas Bendtner
received for displaying sponsored
underwear during a match.
The decision angered the FA and
some industry big names; UEFA
should have used this incident to
prove how they are clamping down
on racism but instead set a terrible
example and showed that they care
more about ambush advertising
than the treatment of England’s
black players during that game.
English football has long been
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From back page...
by Georgia Sorsky
Sports writer