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Why are periods still not taken seriously?

England’s latest policy review puts Women’s health and safety on the line. Recent statements from Northern Irish Health Minister Robin Swann are just another reminder that our society still has a long way to go before it achieves gender equality. Turning down a proposal to make period products free in all schools, colleges, and public […]

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“Fighting the Beast”: the young people suing the government over climate change

Three young people are suing the UK government for failures to act on climate change. “We refuse to witness the violations by this UK government, and refuse to be complicit in the deaths of our human family,” the campaign Global Majority Vs UK Government stated in an Instagram video recorded during the first national lockdown, […]

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100,000 dead at the hands of the butcher

Johnson and his inept cabinet let your loved ones die, remember that when you hear his hollow apology: The UK has now passed a tragic covid-19 milestone: 100,000 total deaths. That is more British civilians than died in both world wars combined. It is also the highest death toll in Europe, and one of the […]

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UK government scraps tampon tax and follows Scotland’s lead

CW: domestic abuse, unconsensual sex The five percent rate of VAT on sanitary products has been axed in the UK, meaning that tampons and pads are now treated as essential items. The government had committed to scrapping the tax in the March budget, and the change was implemented on 1 January 2020 following the UK’s exit […]

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Stricter Covid-19 measures established after new spike in infections

After coronavirus cases have reached a record high, the Scottish government has introduced new restrictions regarding socialising, starting this week. This comes after chief medical advisors across the UK have moved the Covid-19 alert level from three to four, stating that transmission of the virus is “high or rising exponentially”. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon […]

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“You must stay at home”: UK enters semi-lockdown to limit spread of Covid-19

UK residents will be expected to follow new, tighter regulations around socialising for a minimum of three weeks after an announcement on Monday evening by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The announcement comes after ‘social distancing’ measures have already been encouraged in order to limit the continued spread of Covid-19, the novel Coronavirus that originated in […]

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The Student interviews MP Stuart McDonald on supporting international students in a post-Brexit world

Stuart McDonald is MP for the Scottish constituencies of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, and Kirkintilloch East; the Scottish National Party Spokesperson on Immigration, Asylum and Border Control; and serves on the Home Affairs Select Committee in Parliament. On Wednesday, 16 November, McDonald secured a 90 minute debate on immigration rules for international students, after which he shared […]

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Science Technology

UK government undertook illegal digital surveillance for 17 years

A court judgement last week by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal found that the government has been illegally collecting information about UK citizens over the last 17 years. The ruling concerned information collected by the Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) in the BCD (Bulk Communications Data) collection and the BPD (Bulk Personal Datasets) programme. The BCD contains […]