Politics

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 …

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 …