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Edinburgh’s new Vice-Chancellor: a victim of the over-politicisation of university campuses?

While many aspects of life continue to spiral downwards – standards of living, real incomes, Boris Johnson’s understanding of basic politics – one trend is apparently ever increasing: the politicisation of university campuses. This has been shown in a scandal that stretches from Hong Kong to Edinburgh. It concerns the appointment of Peter Mathieson as […]

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Parties on the left must unite to combat May’s opportunism

As we enter the next 50 days of electoral campaigning, only one outcome seems possible. The question on the mind of the UK is not can Theresa May win, but by how much can she do so. With the Labour party still not entirely aligned behind Jeremy Corbyn, and the Lib Dems too small to […]

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Unless the left decry violence, they will not succeed

Violence, extreme civil disobedience, destruction of property and severe disruption to bystander’s lives. These are all actions associated with a protest, at least on a large scale. They are also all wrong. If you argue that these things are all perfectly legitimate actions, then you can only do so when you disregard the political beliefs […]

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Juridical debate over Article 50 threatens factual politics

The vitriol and abuse levelled at three high court judges by the right-wing media signals the beginning of the end, not only for the politics of fact and information, but of decency and respect for the law.   To quote the current prime minister’s oft-used phrase: “Brexit means Brexit”. We are leaving the European Union; […]

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Passage of the ‘snoopers charter’ should alarm us all

As many of you won’t know, the bastion of democracy that is the House of Lords passed the investigatory powers bill, or to give it its informal name: the snoopers charter. The media, with the hiding stick that is the Leveson Inquiry behind it, largely ignored the topic all together, fearing that the government would […]

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Should new non-invasive screening for Down Syndrome be available?

Image: freestocks.org A new test available on the NHS, named NIPT, can prove with a 99 per cent accuracy whether a foetus has a disability – specifically targeting the recognition of down syndrome. The previous test had an accuracy of 50 per cent, forcing parents to take an invasive exam which carried a 1-100 chance of […]

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We are all addicted to technology. But does it matter?

The sensation of feeling incomplete when you lose your mobile phone is already a recognised psychological condition. Some private hospitals in London now have specialised units purely to deal with trauma or mental health issues relating to technology addiction. These issues are real and are affecting a significant proportion of the UK population. For instance, […]

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Is Tesla setting a dangerous precedent by releasing ‘beta’ software?

With such rapid advancements in autonomous driver software and an audience eager to join the wave of new tech, an incident was more than likely to occur. As the wreck of the model S Tesla is still being analysed, questions about the safety of the system, and its future, are being raised. However, was the […]