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Undergraduates

There’s an ancient capital town we have found a tiny space in, between the sandstone tenement buildings and the cobble stone roads, and the tourist-filled corner shops we visit and buy shortbread from, and the coffee shops we meet in once a week, twice a week, three times; earl grey sipping, we make sense of […]

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The Hillsborough disaster’s creation of a powerful campaign

For resistance to most effectively damage the oppressive force, organisation is key. Within a movement, different roles should be taken up, depending on individual activists and the context of the movement. One of the most successful and enduring campaigns in British history is Liverpool’s boycott of The Sun. On 15th April 1989, 96 Liverpool FC […]

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The radicalism of self-care need to be reinitiated

Self-care is an important act of resistance. It is an attempt at asserting individuality and prioritising physical and mental health against the oppressive socio-economic institutions that threaten it. The nature of a late capitalist society means that it pushes for efficiency and ‘hard work’ – a flawed ideology, seeped in classist assumptions and little awareness […]

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UCU Strikes expose the structural failings of the university system

The system of higher education in the UK is breaking apart and, amidst the conflict and separation, it is failing its staff and students. In the upcoming strike, the Universities and College Union (UCU) are attempting to defend academic staff against the threat of insecure pensions, wider job insecurity and maltreatment in poor working conditions. […]

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Lifestyle

Cheap and cheerful gift ideas for Valentines day

Though Valentine’s Day may be considered one of the more commercial holidays – a day that pushes forward heteronormative ideals of love, tailored to a capitalist socio-economic environment – buying gifts can be a lot of fun. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to give a gift to someone you care about, whether it’s a significant other, […]

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The Time’s Up movement will work best as a campaign of solidarity

Content Warning: sexual assault It started with a letter. On New Year’s Day of 2018, a statement of solidarity was signed by 300 women in the entertainment industry, addressing those in other industries who have experienced sexual assault. At the 75th Golden Globes, the movement’s name ricocheted from black dress to black tie and found […]

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The foreign secretary is ignorant of British colonialism

It is a question as old as Parliament: do ‘gaffe-prone’ politicians act as light relief from the harshness of politics, or are they an embarrassment to the country they represent? Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has been the source of criticism this week for quoting – or, rather, misquoting – Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Mandalay’ in a […]

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Davies’ re-election is a step backwards for equality

Philip Davies, MP for Shipley, is notorious for his sexist remarks and holding some of the most socially right-wing views in parliament – in 2013 he was one of 136 Conservative MPs that voted against same-sex marriage. His re-election to the Women and Equalities Committee is a step backwards for equality. The role of the […]