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The Student on Nationalism: a changing and contested idea

Nationalism. A word that means a lot of different things to different people. For some, nationalism is the inspirational promise of liberation from an occupying, tyrannical force. For others, nationalism…

So, this is how democracy dies?

“So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause.” These words, spoken by Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, I have not been able to…

UK opts out of Erasmus Programme

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has today announced that the United Kingdom has come to an agreement with the European Union over a post-Brexit trade deal after 11 months of…

16-year-old arrested in connection with library attack

CW: racial abuse and physical assault A 16-year-old has been arrested in connection with a racially aggravated assault that took place outside the University of Edinburgh’s main library in George…

The Student on devolution: Johnson gets it wrong again

In a virtual conversation with Conservative MPs last week Boris Johnson, the prime minister, outlined how he thought devolution had been a “disaster” in Scotland, suggesting it was “Tony Blair’s…

If Black lives are to matter, we must start valuing Black history

As October drifts into November, the clocks go back, the nights arrive early and any memories that lingered of a now distant summer seem to fade away. As October ends,…

Cult Column: Scarface

Miami. 1980. Al Pacino is a Cuban refugee looking to make it big in the land of opportunity. Enticed? You should be. Scarface, Brian De Palma’s 1980 three-hour thriller, begins…

Universal Basic Income: cometh the hour, cometh the policy?

The idea of a basic income equally paid out to all citizens of a polity is not a new one. It is proposed in Thomas More’s socio-political satire Utopia and…