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Yeah, I’m dyslexic- but let me explain

I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was 8. For an articulate kid who was good at maths, my spelling and reading comprehension was pretty shockingly low. In many ways it made sense; my elder brother is also dyslexic, and so is my dad. But as I moved through the state education system, being taught […]

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The Short Rant: The struggle of wide-leg jeans

I’m sitting in Church. It’s a reflective service. People are praying, people are reflecting. The girl next to me? She’s silently, clumsily, wringing out the hems of her baggy jeans. She mouths an apology, stifling a giggle. But there is no apology necessary: as a fellow ‘Edi-girlie’, I too know the pain of trekking through […]

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Far from Right: The Rise of Women on the Right

It is a truth universally acknowledged (by all but the French) that Italians are never not fashionable. And it’s a truth so universal, in fact, that it seems they’re even on trend when it comes to their politics. Following last week’s election, there’s a new female world leader on the block in the form of […]

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Why I wouldn’t feel guilty voting in IndyRef2

If the referendum goes ahead, I – an English student living and studying in Scotland – would get to vote. And for a long time this was something I felt a tinge of guilt over: as if it wasn’t my place to have a say in this once in a generation – surely not to […]

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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 […]