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Leading politicians are in denial when it comes to the NHS

Grand, sweeping statements tend to divide opinion: and the British Red Cross likening the state of the NHS to a ‘humanitarian crisis’ was no exception. Dr. Paul Robinson, an emergency medicine doctor, feels that, if anything, the term fails to fully capture the chaos of the situation. Meanwhile, the National Director of Acute Care for […]

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It is wrong to expect women to seek forgiveness for abortions

The reason that religion in general is such a sensitive issue is that it truly comes down to individual interpretation. It is not a quantifiable, tangible entity. This assertion seems unnecessary due to its obvious simplicity, but it is often overlooked. In its most basic sense, religion is a series of abstract concepts by which […]

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How should the Left respond to right-wing populism?

Let’s make it clear. I am in no way under the impression that I have the authority to tell any single person what to do, let alone the sheer mass of people who identify with the values presented on the left of the political spectrum. In all honesty, no one does. All we can do […]

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Jamie Oliver is right to liken childhood obesity to a war

Taken out of context, this assertion made by Jamie Oliver is at first bewildering, and then slightly ridiculous. ‘Child Obesity’ and ‘Islamic State’ (Isis) are not terms that regularly appear together in the same sentence, and for good reason – though they are both entirely valid issues, they belong in different worlds. The comment was […]

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Silence over US bombing of Yemen shows media hypocrisy

Whenever the state of affairs in the Middle East is mentioned in a conversation, we all duly become solemn and express our concern about the horror of the situation. Yet, most of us are only aware of the bare bones of the conflict. This is understandable; gaining knowledge about the intricacies would require both the […]

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‘Killer Clowns’ highlight the dangers of social media hysteria

Just 20 years ago, a story like this simply would not have appeared in a newspaper. The development of social media means that nowadays, pictures, news, and perhaps even false information, can be shared across the world in a matter of minutes. Content that goes viral tends to have one overarching similarity: it provokes strong […]

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Mental healthcare flaws cannot remain unchallenged

The statistic that seven in 10 nurses deem mental healthcare inadequate  ought to shock us. Rather frighteningly, it appears as though it is common knowledge that our mental healthcare system is severely flawed. Then again, perhaps we have become desensitised to statistics more generally. After all, they are simply  bland, declarative sentences that can easily […]

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Should the destruction of culture be a war crime?

Last week, The International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced an Islamist militant to 9 years in prison, exclusively on the basis that he had played a part in destroying the sacred shrines of Timbuktu. Unfortunately, it is not the first time that we are hearing of heritage sites being desecrated by extremists. The Bamiyan Buddhas in […]