Politics

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 …

Sweet Victory, Alabama

It shouldn’t have been a surprise that Alabama didn’t elect a man accused of sexual assault on children, and yet here we are. People celebrated, and rightly so, but I also saw a lot of sarcastic ‘Yeah, well done for not electing a paedophile, duh’ type tweets that completely missed …

Where Are We With Brexit Negotiations?

In the same bloody place we were in June 2016, that’s where. Seriously how has it been nearly 18 months of going round in circles arguing over mysterious billions and non-existent trade deals? What happened to Vote Leave’s grand plans to save us from the evil clutches of the EU? …

‘Thatcher vs the Miners’ Event is the Tip of the Elitist Iceberg at Durham University

A number of Durham students are being branded as ‘disgraceful’ after planning a social called ‘Thatcher’s Government Vs The M-I-N-E-rs’. The Trevelyan College rugby team, responsible for the event, has now been suspended indefinitely following the backlash. The Facebook event (pictured below) called for students to come dressed as either Thatcher’s government …

Budget 2017: What You Need to Know

Forget Thanksgiving, forget Black Friday — hell, forget Christmas. Today — the 22nd November — was the best day of the year (for politics nerds) because our Right Dishonourable friend, Philip Hammond, delivered his second Budget as Chancellor. At least, I think he did. It was hard to tell between …

It’s High Time Boris Johnson Resigned

Well, we all knew Boris Johnson was a bumbling, arrogant, dangerous man – didn’t we? In the ‘What Has One Of Theresa May’s Minister’s Done Now?’ sweepstakes, Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, is racing ahead of the competition by endangering British Citizen, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.   Yes, that’s right. …

Is it Legal to Overwork Hospitality Workers?

Laws designed to protect employees would, you’d expect, ensure that each person has sufficient time and money to both survive and enjoy their life, and that employers not providing these things would be investigated and forced to change. But we all know this isn’t always the case. People in my …

The Law is Failing Domestic Abuse Survivors

Trigger Warning: Domestic abuse, violence against women — It didn’t occur to me to go to the police when my boyfriend tore up my favourite dress in front of me. It didn’t occur to me to go to the police when he locked me in the house and confiscated my …

Mixed Race Children and the Violence of the British Empire

Trigger Warning: This piece discusses racism and the oppression of people of colour, and mixed race children in particular. — BBC 3 recently published a video entitled ‘Things Not To Say To Someone Of Mixed Race,’ as part of their series in which minorities discuss uncomfortable comments they often hear. In …