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Britain’s reliance on Russian money

In what will come as a surprise to nobody except our bumbling prime minister, Johnson’s government has, yet again, surrounded itself in controversy. This week, it’s the cushy relationship our government’s enjoyed with Russia’s elite circles of mega-rich, mega-dodgy oligarchs. And as the general public has voiced their anger through protests and Instagram stories, Labour […]

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The energy crisis fueling the wealth divide

Lots of people have thoughts on what makes the world go round. Some say love, some say money. I say coffee. But our dependence on oil and gas to keep our lives running smoothly has recently become more apparent. Fuel quite literally keeps the cogs turning. So when shortages hit, they hit big time: from […]

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The Short Rant: the cheese crisis

Cheese. It’s a topic close to my heart. As a student, I live off cheese on toast, cheese toasties and my renowned cheesy pasta (not to brag, but my flatmate called it heaven). But as I love my cheese, so the Scots love their Iron Bru. It is, as I found out after loudly denouncing […]

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Paterson, corruption and a dearth of parliamentary decency

What do you get when you cross entitled, greedy men with positions of power? Our parliament, apparently. Who would have guessed? As a British citizen whose rights and interests are represented in Parliament, I am appalled by Owen Paterson’s conduct. It undermines the democratic system, and – as phrased by the report into his actions […]

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Inside Sunak’s Little Red Box

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced an Autumn budget to “level up” Britain, but don’t be deceived: this seemingly generous spending wish-list is the least he can do. Against a backdrop of surging energy prices and rising inflation, Rishi Sunak gleefully posed with the iconic red box before later announcing a budget that will usher in […]

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Toto, we’re not in Sussex anymore

I’m an English student. A statement I tend to follow with “sorry” or “yep, another soft Southerner” in a bid to try and make native students know that I get it. I’m a bit annoying. I say GlaRsgow. I thought Tennents rented a flat. And I have crumpets in the freezer, ready to be toasted […]

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Why you shouldn’t take notice of the German election

Germans. Reliable and organised. Meticulous and systematic. These are the people of superior engineering, punctual trains, Miele washing machines. But not, it seems, efficient elections. For the past 16 years, Angela Merkel has dominated politics, both within Germany and on the world stage. However, as she steps down as Chancellor, the German political landscape is […]