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Kaepernick’s message is bold and urgent – don’t allow it to be distorted

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first refused to stand during a pregame performance of the national anthem under the Obama administration in 2016. His protest was against racial inequality and police brutality; he would not “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of […]

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50 years on, fascism’s legacy is alive and well in Greece

  Today marks 50 years since the coup that started the military junta in Greece. The anniversary has received almost no international coverage. This was a brutal fascist dictatorship that continues to resonate in Greek politics and society today. On 21st April 1967, a group of colonels headed by George Papadopoulos seized power in a […]

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The NHS needs a political U-turn to save it

This week, tens of thousands of people marched in London to protest against further cuts to the NHS. The proposed plans would cut services in nearly two-thirds of hospitals in England. They range from scaling back services to complete hospital closures. The UK is the world’s sixth richest country. Underfunding the NHS is a political […]

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Introducing two-year university courses at £14k will be detrimental to higher education

This week, the government announced plans to unveil new two-year degree courses in England. These fast-track university courses would, in theory, be of the same standard as their three-year counterparts, but would cost as much as £14,000 per year – an annual fee level higher than that in many US state universities. The Universities Minister, […]

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Without proper funding, May’s speech on mental health is empty hypocrisy

Last Thursday, on ‘Time to Talk’ Day, Theresa May made a speech about how mental health is an important issue affecting millions, and how she plans to transform the way it is dealt with in the UK. This came after May’s earlier speech on the issue in January, where despite strong rhetoric about tackling stigma, […]

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Trump’s administration is at war with truth

Last week, Sean Spicer claimed that more people attended Trump’s inauguration than any other inauguration, despite clear photographic evidence. This brazen lie seems to be setting the tone for the presidency. It confirmed that the Trump administration need not be daunted by inconvenient truths, when instead it can make use of ‘alternative facts.’ Spicer has […]

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In 2017, political engagement and activism is more important than ever

The consensus is that 2016 was a pretty bad year. For the 48% of us in the UK that seem to make up that dreaded metropolitan liberal elite we’ve all heard so much about, Brexit was the defining Bad Thing of 2016, only to then be outdone by the US election result. It felt like […]

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Philip Davies fails us as an MP by ignoring complex power structures

Philip Davies, the newly elected member to the Women and Equalities Committee, is an anti-feminist who believes that the committee should never have been set up. Yesterday, he spent 78 minutes arguing against the Istanbul Convention Bill, a bill to fight violence against women and domestic violence, claiming that it would be harmful to men. […]