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The Lifestyle guide to uncomfortable conversations

CW: suicide, racism When was the last time you saw the effects of white privilege first-hand? Or noticed you were being treated in a certain way due to your gender? Acknowledging issues of inequality can be uncomfortable and is often left unaddressed due to stigma. This mentality has been commonplace in past years, but 2020 […]

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“Wages for Housework”: Silvia Federici and the value of domestic work

In the 1970s, feminists in the United States and Europe founded the “Wages for Housework” movement, challenging society’s view on the value of domestic labour and demanding a recognition of the work that was mostly performed by women. Today, in 2021, after relying on essential health and care workers for over a year, the value […]

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A “socially corrosive monopoly” – the truth behind Scotland’s land

When I ask you to consider who owns Scotland, what first comes to mind? My focus is instantly drawn to the verb choice. Owns. ‘Who owns Scotland’ implies that Scotland is an entity for sale, to be carved up and greedily possessed. And after not insignificant research, this rather arbitrary interpretation proves pretty close to the […]

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No place like home? The hidden LGBTQ+ housing struggle

Finding a place to live in Edinburgh is hard. Acquiring a safe and secure living space is akin to running a race in a housing market so competitive and brutal. The difficulty of this is, however, increased for those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. This claim might raise an eyebrow or two: surely […]

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UK income inequality is neither sustainable nor fair

At 5:30pm on January 6, the median FTSE 100 CEO’s earnings for 2021 has surpassed the median annual wage for a full-time worker in the UK, a recent report by the High Pay Centre says. This means that in a mere 34 hours, CEOs will have surpassed median earnings. It was 33 hours in 2020. […]

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Dear Democrats: reform or perish

“At this defining moment, change has come to America”, declared Barack Obama upon winning the presidency in 2008. And the truth is it should have been a defining moment, and change should’ve come to America. But the fact is it wasn’t, and it didn’t.  The 2008 Financial Crisis caused an economic downturn not seen since […]

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Winter is coming: the future for students has never been darker

It is often said during a crisis that we are all in the same boat; that if we pull together collectively, we can overcome anything that stands between us and dry land. This is obviously nonsense. The reality is that we are all in the same storm, but some of us are on yachts and […]

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Despite coronavirus unity, our society is still divided as ever

A recent poll by Ipsos MORI has revealed that Britons believe society to be less divided now compared with last year. Similarly, when asked to compare how divided British society is with 10 years ago, 60% think it is more divided now, but this is down 11% from last year.  This is not a surprise. […]