Category : Comment

Why are we crushing entrepreneurial spirit in our school kids?

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Tommie Rose is the hot topic of conversation this week after having made a small fortune of £14,000 in the past few years by selling treats to his fellow students at Salford’s Buile Hill High School. His business acumen was inspired after watching  hit TV shows like Dragons’ Den and The … Read More

Vote and show the politicians you’re a vote worth winning

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Recently in my student accommodation, voting registration forms have been sent to each student. Not only did many bin them, but when I asked my friends why they weren’t voting, they replied along the lines of ‘what is the point?’ But in a political system in which the overarching decisions … Read More

Addicted to hate: why drug prohibition isn’t working

4 years ago / 0 comments

After the publication of yet another academic report criticising the use of harsh penal sentences as deterrents it is finally time to admit that drug prohibition isn’t working. Ever since the early 20th century when the cotton lobby in the United States pressured congress to outlaw hemp – due to … Read More

The Sainsbury’s Christmas advert cashes in on the atrocities of war

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Christmas is the prime time for soppy, feel-good adverts; John Lewis nearly brought about mass hysteria last year, with thousands tearing up at an endearing tale of two woodland creatures hopping around in the snow to Lily Allen’s dulcet tones. Rather than just appealing to our compulsive consumerist natures, festive … Read More

Owen Jones is right: we need the ‘politics of hope’, not fear

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Last week at Leeds Beckett University, political activist, Guardian columnist and author Owen Jones urged his audience to follow the ‘politics of hope’. Like many, he feels angry and frustrated that the political elite has failed to represent and respond to the basic needs of the people, even admitting that … Read More

A disgrace to reason: UK drugs policy is an insult to 21st century Britain

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Joshua Taylor, Digital Associate Editor at The Gryphon, discusses the hypocrisy surrounding UK drugs policy, and challenges what freedoms we hold most dear in our society. The last week brought tidings of the latest absurdities when the government published, and apparently ignored, reports from the Home Office which suggested penalisation for … Read More

Supporting the marking boycott is supporting security

4 years ago / 0 comments

As we reach the middle of term and those bitter, cold Leeds nights greet us again, students everywhere are already fully immersed in essays, exams and the new John Lewis Christmas advert. This hectic time of year means that many may not have heard of a significant dispute being fought … Read More

To fight for peace is to struggle for socialism: thoughts on Remembrance Day

4 years ago / 0 comments

For a while now, I’ve held a lot of reservations about the Poppy Appeal and have been dissatisfied with Remembrance Day. The fact that something is ostensibly a good cause does not exempt it from responsibilities of a political and historical nature. Comic Relief can seriously be accused of racism … Read More

We need action against supermarket food waste

4 years ago / 0 comments

Food wastage in the UK is a growing problem and part of a greater global pandemic. In the UK alone last year there was 15 million tonnes of food wasted by supermarkets, industry and consumers at the cost of an eye-watering £5bn. The supermarket chain Tesco’s alone wasted 30,000 tonnes … Read More

A feminist faux pas: thoughts on a t-shirt debacle

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Apparently David Cameron is not what a feminist looks like, but an embarrassed activist wearing a £45 t-shirt made by women working in sweatshops earning just 62p an hour might be, according to recent reports by the Daily Mail. In collaboration with Elle magazine, the Fawcett Society (the UK’s leading … Read More