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GCHQ actions are a threat to press freedom

In a month that has witnessed unparalleled levels of discussion surrounding the question of ‘freedom of the press’, UK agency GCHQ has been revealed to have been intercepting the emails of prominent journalists, worldwide. The emails, unearthed by omnipresent adversary of Western intelligence Edward Snowden, numbered a staggering 70,000, all of which were intercepted in […]

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Green Party poses a threat to Labour at the General Election

In recent weeks, a massive surge in membership saw the Green Party overtake both UKIP and the Lib Dems, signing up 13,247 new members in just one week. If the current rate of growth continues, membership figures will overtake the Tories by the middle of March, and Labour by May. Although those who are members […]

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French state is threatening freedom of speech

The right to freedom of speech and expression in the weeks following Paris’s deadly terror attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, has been vigorously defended by the French state. Since the attacks however, a total of 69 people have been arrested in France on account of “defending terrorism”, a rather ironic twist in the public’s […]

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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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E-cigarette adverts have little influence

In recent years, heavy emphasis in advertising has been placed on the health of the consumer. The ban on TV ads for cigarettes in 1965 was merely the beginning of a long process of health awareness advertising, leading to the warnings we see on tobacco packaging today such as “Smoking Kills”. The advert shown in […]

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IndyRef will encourage other secessionists

When the world focused its collective eyes last week on the unofficial independence ballot being conducted in Catalonia, a region of northeast Spain denied a full referendum by the central government, amongst the red and yellow striped banners of the Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya, quite a few saltires were furiously waved by cheering Catalan separatists. […]

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Students should support the boycott

The subject of marking boycotts is a difficult one to broach without annoying an already stressed and over-worked majority of students. Those opposed to the current boycott may be asking themselves why their education should be affected when they already pay such high tuition fees. However, these frustrations are precisely the reason why we, as […]

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Government scapegoat welfare recipients

This week, Katharine Sacks-Jones commented in the Guardian that, ‘Popular misconceptions lead to people who need support being treated with the same suspicion and contempt as those who abuse the system’. Indeed, there is a clear gravitation towards victimisation and scapegoating, both within government and the media, towards those receiving Britain’s essential welfare services. Last […]