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Basic income introduction would help both our citizens and our economy

This month it was announced that New Zealand and Ontario would be joining places including Quebec, the Netherlands and Finland in considering pilot programmes to test the efficacy of basic income schemes. Basic income – AKA ‘free money’ – is a system in which individuals receive monthly income cheques regardless of their working status or […]

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The effects of emigration should be given more attention

What we hear about migration is the destination’s side of the story – saturated with immigration and displacement issues, talk in the dehumanising language of “swarms” and “waves” and “hordes” at our borders. In light of new data showing that net migration in the UK was up in 2015, many decided to lose their head […]

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FBI versus Apple raises difficult questions about privacy

The FBI versus Apple debate is far from clear cut, and whatever the ruling it could have long-term positive and negative repercussions for our individual and national security. When all is said and done, it should not be that Apple or the American federal government has the power to hack into our personal devices to […]

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Tricolour Facebook profiles do little to help anyone

KONY 2012. Pride 2015. The French flag overlay for Paris. I’ve felt uncomfortable about this Facebook trend for years. It’s not that I think it’s a harmful gesture, but what does it mean? I believe social media can bring our global community closer, can facilitate activism and journalism. However, if I’d applied the tricolour to […]

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Canadian sewage dumping is irresponsible

On Monday, the Canadian environment minister gave Montreal the go-ahead to release 8bn litres of untreated sewage into the St. Lawrence River. By the time this is published, the project is slated to be complete despite loud public opposition and media coverage. The mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, commented this process is essential in order […]

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UK prisons must be ready to adapt to inmates’ needs

This past week the nation has watched the story of Tara Hudson, a trans woman initially sentenced to 12 weeks in men’s facility Bristol Prison, unfold. She was ultimately transferred to a women’s facility by the prison service but it should never have taken days for Hudson to be transferred. She should never have been […]

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We cannot afford to dehumanize incarcerated citizens

Stuart Horner (an inmate of Strangeways prison) recently protested against the living conditions within HMP Manchester. Was this just a ploy for attention – Horner was given coke and pizza – or do we need to overhaul the prison system? Stuart Horner’s one-man protest at HM Prison Manchester this month was a blip on the […]