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Stay at home: forsaking the homeless

Last spring, when the first national lockdown was announced, the ‘Everyone In’ initiative was enacted. This was hailed as one of the government’s few successes in relation to the covid-19 pandemic, as it took roughly 29,000 rough sleepers off the streets and helped them start to move into more long-term and safe accommodation. The campaign […]

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The Conservatives have become the party of fiscal irresponsibility

Our nation is facing a dire economic situation, the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1709. It is going to take three years to even get our GDP back to its 2019 level; unemployment could reach 2.6 million by the spring; countless businesses are going under; and in July, national debt was 100.5% of […]

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Johnson’s promises on public spending are misleading and intentionally different from the Conservative’s past

In this election the Conservative party have tried to be as uncontroversial, and as quiet as possible. However, this caution has not been extended with regard to public spending — an area where their language has notably changed compared to previous elections. Boris Johnson has criticised the policies of Cameron and Osborne, stating in a […]

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Oh God, please not another coalition

Before I start, just a brief disclaimer: the upcoming election is a controversial topic. I have had enough drunken conversations with people in the smoking areas of clubs to know that a lot of people feel passionately about it, and opinions vary. This is only right, and my own desires for the outcome of the […]

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Government policies on mental health are symptomatic of more pervasive negligence

Recent reports have shown the amount of hospital beds dedicated to patients with acute mental health conditions has fallen by 30 per cent in the last nine years, despite promises from the Conservative government to make mental health services a priority. Is this really all that surprising? Mental health continues to be the most invisible, […]

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We must not turn our backs on each other

It’s 2015. We’ve just had a General Election. And after five years of austerity and cuts, policies punishing the most vulnerable in our society, and selfish economic thinking, the UK has still voted in a Conservative majority. After weeks of projections of the coalition possibilities should we have a hung parliament, which everyone from mainstream […]

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Edinburgh students protest in London for free education

Over 8,000 students from all over the UK assembled in London last week for a demonstration in support of free education and opposing cuts to education funding. The march was organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) and the Student Assembly Against Austerity. A number of Edinburgh students were joined by students […]