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Oxbridge student groups immune from free speech laws

Oxbridge students are immune from the legal restrictions imposed by the government’s Higher Education Freedom of Speech bill.   This has led to mass frustration with Labour MPs protesting that this kind of treatment created a two-tier system across UK universities.  The bill has been introduced to “make provision in relation to freedom of speech and […]

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The SNP-Green power-sharing deal: the student perspective

As Nicola Sturgeon announced the SNP-Green power-sharing deal last month, many advocates of sustainability will likely have been excited at the prospect of a representative of the Green Party occupying a ministerial position for the first time in UK history. Furthermore, supporters of a second independence referendum, one would imagine, will have regarded the situation […]

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SNP-Green power-sharing deal approved

Members of the Scottish Green party have voted overwhelmingly to enter government for the first time in their history, in a “cooperation agreement” with the Scottish National Party, whose members also ratified the deal.  Via an Extraordinary General Meeting, Scottish Green members voted 82% in favour of gaining two junior ministerial portfolios for their co-leaders, […]

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My thanks to the government

I’m sure the feeling is universal. All of us lucky students are so thankful to the Government. Times have been hard, lockdown has been painful, but the Government has been a stalwart of support. The one we all hoped for when we entered the voting booths for the first time. Naturally, it is safe to […]

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“We will not look down”: what is happening with Turkey’s student protests

As 2020 crawled its way to a merciful end, the hope for a better year ahead for students around the world seemed increasingly bleak. But for students at Istanbuls’s Boğaziçi University – one of Turkey’s top educational institutions – the prospect of another arduous term of online classes and social isolation quickly became overshadowed by […]

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Nicola Sturgeon announces roadmap out of lockdown

Today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a strategic framework which aims to slowly lift lockdown restrictions in order to reopen the economy by April 26. Sturgeon said that the success of vaccination efforts meant the next few months looked “extremely positive and promising” but stressed the “need to exercise care and caution” when lifting restrictions. […]

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The ‘covidiot’ obfuscates government’s deathly blunders

On the 25th January 2020, at the time of writing, the current Covid statistics lie at 3.65million cases and a bleak 97,939 deaths. Not one to focus on the daily updates and the slow ascent of deaths on a line-graph for preservation of mental health, it is hard not to look at these statistics and […]

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Covert Human Intelligence Sources bill: accountability in the justice system

Much of the glitz regarding the James Bond franchise, only exists in the minds of Hollywood producers. But, a ‘licence to kill’ may soon become a reality in the UK, as Westminster considers new legislation allowing confidential informants working for the security services to be authorised to break the law. The Covert Human Intelligence Sources […]