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A shambolic response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis

This article was originally submitted on the 12th March 2022 For the past few weeks, one thing has dominated the news: the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Thousands of people – both soldiers and civilians – have been killed in the conflict so far, with Putin threatening further tragedies. Millions have already been forced to flee […]

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Character staining and its consequences – Johnson’s yellow journalism

Over the past few months, we have seen scandal after scandal leave Boris Johnson floundering – the Prime Minister’s disastrous handling of Brexit, the pandemic, and now Partygate have left him in desperate search of a way to deflect attention from his ever-growing number of blunders. On 31 January, the nation watched in disbelief as […]

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The charge of the ‘woke brigade’? The case against Jimmy Carr

At the beginning of his latest Netflix special, Jimmy Carr sets out the distinction between his “jokes about terrible things” and the “terrible things” themselves. However, Carr’s show, released at the end of last year, has attracted widespread criticism for using the label “edgy comedy” as a weak excuse to promote less-than-thinly-veiled bigoted attitudes about […]

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Why I hate Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. The season of tacky decorations slapping you in the face every time you walk through a shop door; low-budget hallmark rom-coms clogging up the TV guide for weeks on end; and adverts bombarding us with enough reminders that even the most absent-minded of boyfriends […]