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The Student on Nationalism: a changing and contested idea

Nationalism. A word that means a lot of different things to different people. For some, nationalism is the inspirational promise of liberation from an occupying, tyrannical force. For others, nationalism is seen as the most egregious political philosophy of them all, chiefly responsible for the two most devastating wars in human history. Whatever your view […]

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Vaccine nationalism must end

Nationalism has long been an obstacle in the battle against pressing global issues such as climate change, human rights violations and as 2020 has proven; global pandemics. If nations were not so concerned with selfish interests and instead focussed on working towards global cooperation, the 2.06 million worldwide coronavirus deaths could have been averted. However, […]

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A surging interest in Welsh independence

I should start with a disclaimer that I’m not Welsh. Yes, dw i’n dysgu Cymraeg, but my family doesn’t have any connection to Wales other than my mildly obsessive curiosity. My bizarre Duolingo Welsh pet-project aside (240 day streak, not that I’m bragging), the development of Welsh nationalism is an interesting topic that deserves further […]

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The problem with vaccine nationalism during a pandemic

For many people, the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel is a Covid vaccine. Multiple trials are underway with promising results and there have been suggestions that a vaccine could be rolled out as early as March next year. However, the problem is not just finding a vaccine which works but also distributing […]

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Gordon Brown says this is a United Kingdom in name only- and he’s right

Labour’s former High Heidyin has resurfaced. Since Gordon Brown’s premiership he has been most known for his prominent role in the 2014 ‘Better Together’ campaign and his tendency to pop up whenever Scotland’s independence movement looks set to make gains. In his most recent contribution to The Guardian he speaks of a “United Kingdom in […]

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Nationalism? A dirty word, but different for England and Scotland

A Dirty Word. Nationalism. It has a tarnished history, written in the blood and tears of those it deemed ‘other’. It is a foul word which draws links to 1930s Germany, to the BNP and EDL. To Erdogan’s Turkey and Bolsonaro’s Brazil. Therefore, following Edinburgh’s 200,000 strong independence march on Saturday 5 October, the world […]

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Progressives could do well to capitalise on English identity politics

While not fought on the same terrain as last year’s independence referendum, the general election has served as a sort of proxy war for the survival of the Union. With the surge of SNP MPs soon to be heading to Westminster, albeit under no mandate to dismantle what remains of our ‘United Kingdom’, every controversial […]

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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. […]