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‘The people’s vote’: doomed from the start?

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The 23rd of June 2016 was an earthquake that shook British politics. The seemingly uncontainable force of neo-liberal globalization had been halted by the revolt of the working classes. The Brexit vote was a devastating blow to the political elite and a result which they did not see coming. I myself, … Read More

Green Man sets festival season alight

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Green Man: part festival, part hippie commune, part a mystical glimpse into a utopian festival future. With spectacular performances by the likes of Fleet Foxes, an epic final closing set from War on Drugs and the perfectly mesmerising hippie celebration of the burning of the giant green man installation placed … Read More

A no-deal Brexit is looking increasingly likely. What impact will this have on UK universities?

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With less access to funding, quitting academics, decreased intake and export of students to and from the EU, what’s not to love about a no-deal Brexit from the perspective of UK universities? The irony of Brexit does anything but escape students, some of whom were not even able to vote … Read More

Illustrator Carol Rossetti’s drawings of women could be a wonderful way of protesting gender prejudice on a global scale.

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At a time of #MeToo, women’s marches and period poverty, women around the world still very much face barriers because of their gender. It only takes a quick scroll through the news headlines to recognise that such prejudices are still roaring; from the reports on pay inequality to stories making … Read More

Should artists cancel their concerts to protest the policies of the Israeli government?

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“I am not a travel agent promoting tourism for each country I go to”, said Lana Del Rey in a recent riposte on Twitter, amid pressure to cancel her performance in Tel Aviv in protest against the actions of the Israeli government. Travel agent she may not be, but performing … Read More

Condemnation in name only: abuse in the Catholic Church

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On the 20th August 2018, Pope Francis wrote in a letter that he condemned the “atrocities” of child sex abuse and the subsequent “clerical cover-ups” to the more than 1.3 billion members of the Catholic Church. In it, he asked for forgiveness for the magnitude of mistakes that were made … Read More

Is ‘#MeToo’ through? What the Asia Argento allegations should (or shouldn’t) mean for a movement founded on the efforts of black women

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The #MeToo movement is a social movement against the prevalent sexual assault and harassment taking place in society. Now a hashtag utilised by online audiences (majority female) to share harrowing yet unfortunately all too common situations of abuse, the movement originally comprised wealthy, high status women calling out their experiences … Read More

Kipling proves hard to swallow: The ifs and buts of Kipling

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This summer, students at the University of Manchester painted over a mural of Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ and replaced it with Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’. They argued that Kipling’s poetry ‘de-humanises people of colour’. Cue angry talk-show phone-ins, English Literature professors being quoted in the Guardian and, according to … Read More

The Cohen Conundrum: Criminal Conspiracy or Partisan Politics?

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The President of the United States has been named as a co-conspirator to federal crimes. Not by tabloids or besmirched rivals, but in a court of law, as a plea accepted by prosecutors and delivered by previous personal lawyer Michael Cohen. It’s the kind of revelation that many have hoped … Read More

The cheek of it all: the problems with Rubens’ nudes

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Peter Paul Rubens, a Flemish classical artist from 1577 to 1640, is a renowned painter who is known worldwide for entrancing admirers with his nude portraits. His Baroque paintings, filled with flowers, women and cherubs, are considered to be the height of classical aestheticism; but even this couldn’t pass Mark … Read More