What next for the institutionally racist Union?

On seeing the poster used to advertise the Union’s ‘Colonial Comeback’ cocktail spread across the media the day after the debate, I felt two distinct emotions: disgust and disappointment. The poster is nothing short of disgraceful; it’s insensitive and denigrates the oppression of people through the institution of colonialism. Being originally from West Africa made […]

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Our libraries are being treated as an economic luxury

The other week, nine Oxford academics submitted a ‘Question in Congregation’ on the cuts to the University’s libraries budget. The immediate cause of this was the recent proposal to close the Oriental Institute Library, currently in the Oriental Institute, and transfer its holdings to the Sackler Library, already under considerable pressure. This move has been […]

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Tackling legal highs is not a sufficient reform

It is, sadly, blatantly clear that Theresa May’s new Psychoactive Substances bill is does not aim to target harm, but pleasure. It outlaws ‘any substance… which, by acting on the central nervous system, affects the person’s mental functioning or emotional state’. There is no mention made anywhere in the bill of the dangers of so-called […]

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Northerners need embracing, not shunning

In last week’s issue of this very paper, there appeared an article entitled “An ode to the North”, in which the writer patronised ‘Northerners’ (the use of inverted commas is not my own) and claimed that they “definitely have a different biological make-up”. Reading it filled me with horror. For context: I’m not actually particularly […]

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A Union invitation for Katie Hopkins is a step too far

The Oxford Union has by no means been short of controversial speakers over the past two terms; the chants of protesters can almost still be heard ringing through St Michael’s Street. While instinctively opposed to appearances such as that of Marine Le Pen, I nevertheless decided to exercise caution in wading into the free speech […]

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Our obsession with being thin is lethal

About a month ago, 21-year-old Eloise Parry took four times what is considered to be the lethal dose of a diet pill that she had bought over the internet, and later drove herself to hospital when she began to feel unwell. Shortly afterwards, she began “burning up from the inside” and her metabolism “exploded like […]

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