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Mathieson: ‘this is your fault’

The University of Edinburgh is scapegoating its students for its own failures. We can’t let them get away with it There’s a saying: accuse the other side of that which you are guilty. It’s pretty straightforward: when in danger of being exposed for your catastrophic failings, shift the blame elsewhere, divert the attention, create a […]

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Despite the polls, the road to Scottish Independence is paved with obstacles.

For many north of the border, it’s not just the vaccine rollout that represents the cavalry coming over the brow of the hill: it’s recent polling as well. The New Statesman recently forecasted that the Scottish National Party will win a stonking 18-seat majority in May’s parliamentary election and polls over the last year have […]

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Quitting Erasmus has made Scottish independence more likely

A survey conducted by The Student at the University of Edinburgh has found that 75% of students were more likely to vote for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in May’s Scottish parliamentary election as a result of the UK government’s decision to leave the Erasmus scheme; a mobility programme that guarantees most British students the […]

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We have a duty to save lives, but not at any cost

Coronavirus restrictions have devastated our society. Some are locked up with domestic abusers; others are facing economic destitution; millions of students have missed out on crucial education; and a mental health epidemic looms. To misquote Churchill, these restrictions are the worst form of dealing with a deadly virus, except for all the other options. However, […]

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The Conservatives have become the party of fiscal irresponsibility

Our nation is facing a dire economic situation, the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1709. It is going to take three years to even get our GDP back to its 2019 level; unemployment could reach 2.6 million by the spring; countless businesses are going under; and in July, national debt was 100.5% of […]

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Labour have won their battle against Corbyn, but the war won’t end

During the 2016 Brexit referendum, we were told by Vote Leave that leaving the European Union would deliver the biggest blow to the establishment in decades. Indeed, this is how various media outlets reported it in the aftermath. And with the likes of David Cameron and George Osborne falling from power, who could really blame […]

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Dear Democrats: reform or perish

“At this defining moment, change has come to America”, declared Barack Obama upon winning the presidency in 2008. And the truth is it should have been a defining moment, and change should’ve come to America. But the fact is it wasn’t, and it didn’t.  The 2008 Financial Crisis caused an economic downturn not seen since […]

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Corbyn and antisemitism: can we get serious now?

Antisemitism, anti-Zionism, anti the current state of Israel. Three completely different things. The first is hostility to a race; the second is hostility to the idea of Jews having a right to live under the protection of a nation; and the third is hostility to Benjamin Netanyahu’s human-rights abusing regime. To bundle and weaponise these […]