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England’s lockdown to be eased on 12 April as planned

The Prime Minister has tonight set out the government’s latest Covid-19 update.  Despite announcing that lockdown restrictions in England are to ease further from the 12 April, the Prime Minister cautioned the UK population not to “be complacent” – a message that remains at the heart of the government briefings.  England will be entering step […]

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June 21st memes: optimistic or anxiety inducing?

CW: anxiety, weight issues Within minutes of Johnson’s announcement of Britain’s roadmap out of quarantine, phones lit up with memes celebrating the long-awaited return of the sesh, as people were ecstatic at the promise of a normal summer. Instant streams of people planning their next festival outfits, beer garden hangs and boozy picnics ensued. But […]

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40 George Square to re-open

Monday 8 March saw the re-opening of 40 George Square to increase study space capacity for students. This accompanies a temporarily increased quota for Study Desk bookings, from 20 to 30 hours per week. The re-opening of the tower follows ‘increasing demand for critical study space on campus,’ and will provide roughly 200 additional study […]

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Culture Theatre

Can a play succeed without its audience?

It isn’t far-fetched to say that all of us, in one way or another, have been carried through the lockdowns by our favourite forms of art. Whether it has been music, films, or television shows, they have distracted us considerably. And after the initial shock of cancellations and disruptions to live shows in early 2020, […]

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Sturgeon’s hotel lockdown is ultimately futile

As of the 15th of February, anyone entering Scotland (with the exception of those entering via the common travel area (CTA)) will be required to isolate in a hotel of the government’s choosing for 10 days at a personal cost of £1,750. This policy has been enacted in order to further stem the spread of […]

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Pupils must return to schools when it is safe, no earlier

On Wednesday 27th January, Boris Johnson made the announcement that in-person teaching in English schools would not resume until at least 8 March. An announcement which likely came much to the dismay of parents struggling to manage homeschooling their children alongside working from home. The staggered return to school buildings, he said, would be conditional […]

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Mathieson: ‘this is your fault’

The University of Edinburgh is scapegoating its students for its own failures. We can’t let them get away with it There’s a saying: accuse the other side of that which you are guilty. It’s pretty straightforward: when in danger of being exposed for your catastrophic failings, shift the blame elsewhere, divert the attention, create a […]

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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 […]