Now is the time to act against Putin

Few people have become such international pariahs as President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Putin’s method of rule involves an iron grip on the country’s future. He has wrestled control of the Russian bear, and now charts its course. And that course has taken him on a path of clashing with the international community as well […]

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Fifty shades of Oxford

Whether or not you’ve read 50 Shades of Grey, you probably know the story- a rich young Adonis, abused as a child, is driven to re-enact that violence, and has found an outlet, and a method of control, through BDSM. There are a lot of arguments, by people wiser than me, both for and against […]

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Murdoch’s mammary mistake

When the No More Page 3 campaign announced unconfirmed reports that The Sun, after 44 years, had dropped Page 3, social media exploded and, for a moment, the world was blissfully able to believe that Rupert Murdoch had done something good. That is, until The Sun staged a dramatic u-turn and brought the feature back […]

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After Charlie, what about Baga?

The first seven days of 2015 saw the Charlie Hebdo attack, the car bombing in Sanaa, Yemen, and the Boko Haram’s massacre in Baga, Nigeria. The fact that the 17 deaths in Paris has dominated headlines and world politics while the 2000 reported (but not yet confirmed) dead in Baga has been almost entirely ignored […]

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Needs Help, Seriously

Last year was not great for the NHS. Between the Mid Staffordshire Trust Inquiry and managerial scandals at hospitals across the country, a fresh start is badly needed. Unfortunately, 2015 hasn’t offered this – instead 15 A&E departments have already declared ‘major incident’ status as they struggle to accommodate patient numbers. With the General Election […]

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Happy Vice Chancellor’s Day?

By midday on 12th January 2015, Oxford University’s Vice Chancellor, Andrew Hamilton, will have earned as much money as the university’s lowest-paid full-time employee earns in a whole year. Hamilton’s annual salary including pensions (£434,000) leaves him earning about £1,189 a day, meaning it would only take him around 12 days to earn the baseline […]

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How can Labour win in 2015?

It is not easy being Ed Miliband.  With under five months until the General Election, Labour are still failing to poll more than a few percent ahead of the Tories and can hardly be confident of a majority come May.  Given the scale of the cuts made by the coalition government, one might well wonder […]

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