Author: Laura Mullan

The Reality of the Rural Poor: It’s Not All Big Houses in the Country. 

Go down any single-track country road and you will find cottages dotted here and there; or perhaps you’ll only see a narrow drive that leads goodness knows where, to houses hidden down long lanes. But despite popular misconceptions, the people who live here are not usually the Damon Albarn’s of this world who have decided to …

What White People Need to Learn About White Supremacy

All white people are racists.   That got your attention, didn’t it? Before you start on the whole ‘How dare you’ thing, I’m white and, while I try my very hardest not to be prejudiced, I am – because that’s what I was taught by society as I grew up. I don’t always realise it, but that is …

Joss Whedon and Gorram Performative Feminism

Well gorram, that was disappointing. The ‘that’, of course, being the emerging news that geek-culture creator Joss Whedon is a bit of a douchebag. I’m not your usual type of nerd; I don’t sit at my keyboard googling every last piece of information about every show I love, and all its cast, crew …

Can Vince Cable Save the Lib Dems?

*Record scratch* *freeze frame* Yup, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation. Well yes, Lib Dems, that’s exactly what I’m wondering. How has a party descended from the Liberal and Whigs, once one of the two major parties in Parliament, come to this? How have you ended up with only twelve …

Peter W. Smith and the Tragedy of the US Healthcare System

The death of Peter W. Smith on May 14 2017 was initially reported without much fanfare, but the recent news that he committed suicide has sent the internet into a frenzy of conspiracy theory speculation. To be fair he was someone who actively tried to access Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails in order to help …

Cultural Hegemony: How the Tories Keep Winning

AKA: Why has Trump has got away with being an utter c*ckwomble while Clinton’s emails apparently stopped her from being President, EVEN THOUGH HER EMAILS BROKE NO RULES; why did Theresa May say Strong and Stable so much; and what does any of this have to do with Gramsci and cultural hegemony? …

Women in Power: Houston, We Still Have A Problem

Before we begin there’s a few things we should get straight about matriarchs, patriarchs, and The Patriarchy (with a capital T and P). A matriarch is a female head of a family or clan. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re considered to be the most important person of course, it just …

Economics 101

Politics and economics have been around since the dawn of time, it’s just that they weren’t given those labels until relatively recently. They’re both social constructs that help us make sense of the world we live in, and navigate our way around without getting into too much trouble. Well, that’s …