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Sex education in Scotland needs improvement

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is out to end Scottish educational inequality. She has proposed compulsory qualifications for head teachers, instated a commission aiming to widen access to higher education, and has created a £100 million Attainment Scotland Fund to clamp down on the widening gulf in achievement between privileged and deprived pupils. Stating that she […]

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James Blunt is a beneficiary of immense privilege

“Classist gimp”, and “prejudiced wazzock”. Such are the insults levelled by James Blunt at MP Chris Bryant, for daring to suggest that the entertainment industry is disproportionately dominated by people from wealthier backgrounds. In his letter, Blunt frantically denies that he has been the beneficiary of social privilege; instead, he insists, his background worked against […]

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James Blunt is a beneficiary of immense privilege

‘Classist gimp’, and ‘prejudiced wazzock’. Such are the insults levelled by James Blunt at MP Chris Bryant, for daring to suggest that the entertainment industry is disproportionately dominated by people from wealthier backgrounds. In his letter, Blunt frantically denies that he has been the beneficiary of social privilege; instead, he insists, his background worked against […]

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Replacing the archaic House of Lords with an elected senate is necessary

The violent revolutions and military upheavals which have forged the modern constitutions of many of our European neighbours are things which Britain as a nation is extremely fortunate not to have experienced. But our gradual acquisition of democracy has also allowed us to maintain vestiges of an old parliamentary system which ought to have been […]

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The Tower of London poppies are a meaningful and appropriate memorial

888,246 is the number ceramic poppies filling the moat of the Tower of London in a new Remembrance Day art exhibition; Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red contains a flower for every British soldier who lost their life in WW1. And yet this striking tribute to the fallen has been lambasted by Jonathan Jones […]

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UK should worry about obesity, not Ebola

It’s deadly, it’s on the rise, and we’re all at risk. I’m talking about a health crisis that’s posing a much greater threat to the UK than Ebola: obesity. That the government is scurrying with studied haste to address the former while continuing to sideline the latter is laughable now, but will have dire consequences […]

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Racism and public protest at The Barbican

Exhibit B: a satirical human zoo featuring caged, chained and mutilated actors in scenes of silent and unmoving degradation. Intended to draw attention to black oppression, this art installation of Brett Bailey was closed last week by its hosting gallery, the Barbican, in response to a picket line of two hundred protesters and a one-thousand […]

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Grassroots action can tackle climate change

Climate change. We all know the risks of doing nothing, and yet we are all guilty of doing too little. After all, having heard the global warming story a thousand times before, you wouldn’t be alone in assuming the public had lost interest. But despite the atmosphere of apparent apathy, this weekend witnessed the largest […]