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Nail varnish encourages victim-blaming

Four North Carolina State University students have recently developed plans for a ‘date rape nail varnish,’ which, in contact with common date rape drugs such as Rohypnol and GHB, alters in colour. Designed to give women agency in preventing sexual assault, ‘Undercover Colours’ in fact highlights society’s failure to address the root cause of rape; […]

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Better Together responsible for a ‘Yes’ vote

If Scotland votes ‘Yes’ on the September 18, one thing will be clear: the Better Together campaign has been utterly ineffective. Two years ago, when the Better Together was formed, it had a simple task – maintain the lead unionists have enjoyed over the last twenty years, while battling what is, undeniably, some mightily shaky […]

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Federalisation the best option for Scotland

There was a large rally on Thursday night – the Scottish Liberal Democrats held their last reunion before the referendum. It is impossible for anyone to listen to the passion expressed there and doubt that the prospect of further powers for Scotland is anything other than legitimate and guaranteed. Jim Wallace, Malcolm Bruce, Alistair Carmichael, […]

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Warning: this product cannot think for you

With the current atmosphere of political tension in the United Kingdom, it is refreshing to hear news of a bright new ray of hope upon the horizon. Yes, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a second child, as officially announced by Kensington Palace last week. Following the birth of Prince George thirteen months […]

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Unpaid internships are exploiting students

It is the Government’s responsibility to change the law on internship wages The Student’s discovery this week that Edinburgh business Casa Morada had been advertising several six-month unpaid ‘internships’ may seem unsurprising to many. With every summer holiday, there is news of another company attempting to entice students with glossy-sounding internships that pay only in […]

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A ‘No’ vote does not affirm the status quo

During a general election, the electorate will cast their vote based on conflicting ideologies.  Alternatively in the referendum, there are people who share with ‘Yes’ voters the same disdain for shameful levels of income inequality, a loathsomely skewed wealth distribution, and a host of other flaws of the British state, whilst voting ‘No’. ‘Yes’ and […]

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Leaked images shame female sexuality

Unless you’ve spent the last week in a nuclear bunker, you will be aware that several celebrities have had sensitive and private images stolen and leaked online. Despite the fact that Snapchat clearly only ever added a black and white filter to help us all take more flattering nudes, people have reacted with cataclysmic shock […]

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Craven, not tokenistic: Britain’s conservative establishment takes a step towards gender equity

If Margaret Thatcher’s greatest achievement was New Labour, New Labour’s greatest accomplishment might just be Nicky Morgan and Liz Truss. Yesterday, it was announced that the General Synod of the Church of England voted to allow female bishops and that the Government was reshuffling two major ministries to prominent female politicians. The simultaneous announcements might […]