Politics

Why GDPR Matters to You (No, Really)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or refusing the check your emails for the past six months, you’ve probably heard about GDPR. It’s new piece of data privacy legislation that’s supposed to make life better for ordinary people, but in reality has just clogged up their inboxes with a …

It’s Time to Talk About the NHS’ Mental Health Crisis

Trigger warning: terrorism, suicide, mental health issues and treatment. — A little under a year ago, Manchester Arena was attacked by a suicide bomber, and 22 people died, and many more were injured. Money was donated to the survivors, and local and national government made all sorts of promises. But, …

Are Universities Too Tolerant of Racism?

Trigger Warning: This piece contains discussion of racism, racial abuse, and racial slurs. — Last month, two incidents of black university students being racially attacked garnered a lot of online attention. I am saddened to say, one of these incidents took place at De Montfort University where I graduated from …

DWP Use Gym Footage to Punish Disabled People

If you’ve ever claimed Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), formerly known as Incapacity Benefit, or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), formerly known as Disability Living Allowance (DLA), you’re probably familiar with the way that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) operate around disabled people, and those unable to work. ATOS …

Britain’s Long and Dark Relationship with Eugenics

Trigger Warning: This article contains discussions of ableism (including ableist slurs), classim, racism, and eugenics. — Recently, Conservative Vice-Chair Ben Bradley made headlines by calling for people living in poverty to be sterilised in order to prevent Britain from “drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters.” Granted, he did write …

It’s Time to Celebrate the Rich Beauty of Africa

“Africa is not a country, it’s a continent!” This is a comment that has been echoed over and over again across the world, however, we continue to refer to Africa as one whole country. Despite this sounding like a primary school Geography lesson, this is one class that millions across …

Feminism and Socialism Must Go Hand in Hand

The phrase ‘gender equality’ is bandied around a lot in politics, in recognition of the myriad ways in which (cis) men are generally more privileged than women – particularly by female politicians like Theresa May, Diane Abbott, Hilary Clinton, and Nicola Sturgeon. Solutions offered to bridge the gap vary significantly …