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Britain’s reliance on Russian money

In what will come as a surprise to nobody except our bumbling prime minister, Johnson’s government has, yet again, surrounded itself in controversy. This week, it’s the cushy relationship our government’s enjoyed with Russia’s elite circles of mega-rich, mega-dodgy oligarchs. And as the general public has voiced their anger through protests and Instagram stories, Labour […]

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Review: Billions

Highlighting grey areas in morality can be a struggle for a show – let alone doing it successfully. However, Showtime’s Billions joins the slew of its series that excel in this regard. Bobby Axelrod, played by Damien Lewis, runs the titan hedge fund ‘Axe Capital’ with the sole aim of pursuing the worst aspect of […]

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Anti-capitalist TV appears to have found an unlikely ally in Netflix

Even if you haven’t seen Squid Game, you’ve almost certainly heard about it. The South Korean drama has smashed Netflix’s records to become the most popular series ever streamed by the platform, attracting 111 million viewers in the first 28 days of its release.   The basic premise of Squid Game is recognisable enough – the […]

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Students vs. Climate Change: Is it possible to live sustainably on a student budget?

The answer is yes. Not ‘maybe.’ Yes. We all know that budgeting seems to be a part of everyday life as a student. Between wondering if that large coffee will take you over your daily spending or if you can afford to get takeaway on the night you can’t be bothered to cook, it’s all […]

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Pandora Papers: Which Jacks Were In The Box?

It’s hard to say the world was shaken by the Pandora Papers. Despite the breadth of this week’s leak, covering 11.9 million confidential documents, the Panama Papers in 2016 and Paradise in 2017 were potent enough to leave a bad taste in the mouths of all those whose assets don’t soar off into the 10 […]

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Another promise to increase the minimum wage: students, read the fine print 

Last month, Keir Starmer pledged that should he win a majority, he would ensure a £10 minimum wage. Within his speech made to the TUC conference, Starmer swore to build a new system of rights for workers, the piece de resistance of which would be the increased minimum wage. The promise is nothing new for […]

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Why are younger generations not having children?

In recent years, the notion of Gen Z and younger Millennials not wanting children has gained some publicity. This discussion seems to be everywhere from the public eye to private conversations. Personally, every time I even briefly hear any conversation on this topic, one article title just immediately appears in my mind: “Children can be […]

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Peter’s year of tribulations

Apparently our university’s chancellor is Princess Anne. She is supposed to be one of the more popular royals, if you’re into that sort of thing. She is also the 1971 British Sports Personality of the Year and the former president of Save the Children. Who would have known? After all, she is our chancellor only […]