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Scottish nationalists should refrain from accusations of victimisation

A number of Scottish nationalists were last week left outraged after it was revealed that a chain of McDonald’s restaurants ordered staff to refuse Scottish banknotes as a valid means of payment. Accusations of racism have been levelled at the fast-food giant, labelling the policy ‘anti-Scottish.’ Ill-advised and foolish the decision may be, but racist […]

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Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation is no cause for celebration

The surprise resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, the former Work and Pensions Secretary, was met in most cases with a sense of bewilderment. Infamous for his assault upon society’s most vulnerable, he cited proposed cuts to personal independence payments as the principal reason behind his decision. But in spite of the temptation, IDS’ resignation is […]

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Brexit is likely to lead to another Scottish referendum

The date is now set for the upcoming referendum on Britain’s membership to the European Union, and the SNP have in turn repeated their commitment to a second independence referendum should the UK vote to leave the European Union. Nicola Sturgeon and other senior party members have in the past few days strongly suggested that […]

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Myanmar result is a tentative move towards democracy

In what has been hailed by many onlookers as an historic breakthrough, the recent general election in Myanmar saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD (National League for Democracy) party win over 300 seats across both houses of parliament. For a party whose recent history vividly recalls the dogged political struggle of Suu Kyi’s father and […]

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Britain must face up to its colonial errors

The first recorded mention of the Koh-i-Noor diamond comes in a Sanskrit script, written over 5,000 years ago. In the early 1300s it was recorded as being in the possession of the Emperor of Delhi, and over two hundred years later passed into the hands of the Mughal Emperor Babur, a dynasty with whom the […]

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Workers’ union at Air France was right to protest

On October 5th, a group of around 100 protestors from a worker’s union interrupted an executive meeting at their employer’s offices.  The discussions largely concerned the redundancy of thousands of their colleagues. It proved a pro-active, democratic exercise. However, it was depicted in the press quite differently. The protests at Air France offices, conducted by […]

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Party leaders have gravely misunderstood Labour’s Scottish loss

In terms of the post-election flurry of results, resignations, analyses, and general confusion, 2015 has proven to be unparalleled in recent electoral history. But equally characteristic of the election has been general misunderstanding. The electorate’s decision to heavily punish the Liberal Democrats, who, in spite of flaws of which the student community need not be […]

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Vicious anti-SNP rhetoric has only helped their rise

The Scottish National Party is a party in uncharted waters. Having championed the Scottish cause, their fearless politics will soon be forcefully felt around Westminster. Dominating the televised debates and punctuating political analysts’ columns, the SNP’s predicted role as ‘kingmaker’, with Nicola Sturgeon embodying the power of this role, continues to be the fact to […]