Curbing the Conservative landslide

The ‘strongest possible mandate’ could damage the country and Britain’s exit from the EU. Whether we like it or not, this election will largely be fought over Brexit. May is arguing that she needs ‘the strongest possible hand’ and ‘the strongest possible mandate’ in order to negotiate with ‘our opponents’ who are ‘already seeking to […]

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Volunteering for change: identifying responsible overseas charity work

Much has been published criticising the phenomenon of ‘voluntourism’, whereby individuals (often students) mix foreign holidays with voluntary work for NGOs. With social media littered with images of westerners hugging young African children, it is easy to appreciate why critics accuse voluntourism of trivialising poverty, treating it as a spectacle, rather than a complex issue […]

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Clean eating and ‘wellness’: Should we think about food in terms of ‘good’ and ‘bad’?

Verity Winn: Our eating choices have consequences beyond ourselves… In recent times, food and our relationship with it have become a tumultuous topic open to debate as never before. Once a neutral mundanity, what we eat in the twenty-first century has become suffused with high-octane disagreement of a kind previously preserved for political discourse. Those of […]

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Commemoration: are we remembering to forget?

George Santanya’s well-worn adage that “those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it” is uncontroversial, and the jewel of any prospective history student’s personal statement. Contemporary politics is not short of reminders that our collective memory of historical events wields immense influence in the present. From the resonance of ‘make America […]

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Scottish independence in the shadow of Brexit

First and foremost, this is not a piece in favour of Scottish independence. Arguably, it isn’t even one in favour of granting Scotland another referendum. However, I do wish to think through these issues and point out the hypocrisy in denying Scotland another referendum. Contradictory? Perhaps, but let’s move on. It is obvious that another […]

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