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Forcing firms to declare foreign workers is immoral and reckless

This week, Home Secretary Amber Rudd executed a U-turn on her widely criticised policy requiring British firms to declare  the foreign workers on their books. This was following on from a huge amount of condemnation from the press, businesses, and members of her own party. Rudd initially announced her plans to cut immigration at the […]

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Regressive education policy will leave poorer children behind

It has been a big few weeks for education policy in the UK, which started with the controversy over Justine Greening’s new plans for grammar schools. To me this is an archaic proposal that would undo work that has been done to close the attainment gap for lower income students, and stifle opportunity from a […]

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Society holds Clinton to different standards to Trump

Clinton is starting to win empathy from the public over Trump’s sexism, but it may not be enough. Almost 85 million people watched last Monday’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, making it the most-watched presidential debate in history. For 90 minutes, those 85 million saw Trump interrupt Clinton over and over again. They […]

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Labour members electing the shadow cabinet would make things worse, not better

The latest attempt by MPs to soothe Labour’s factional battleground has seen them demand the right to elect members to the shadow cabinet. This would mean re-instating the process from before 2011, when Ed Miliband introduced the system we have now – the front bench being selected by the leader. Jeremy Corbyn then responded to […]

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BDS promotes anti-Semitism, and is harmful to Jewish students

Thursday night at an Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) Student Council meeting a motion was passed with 249 votes for, 153 against, to support BDS. Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions, is a controversial movement to boycott products, companies and institutions that “profit from or are implicated in the violation of Palestinian rights.” The attendance of over 400 […]

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The ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ will ruin higher education

On Friday 6 November a green paper outlining plans for a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was published. Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, announced that as early as next year, universities will be able to raise their fees higher than £9,000 if they are deemed ‘excellent’ in teaching. The proposed TEF is an extreme next […]