Richard Dawkins’ comments on Down’s syndrome should worry us all

In a recent Twitter post, Richard Dawkins responded to a question about the ethical dilemma of a Down’s Syndrome pregnancy, saying “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.” Predictably, his tweet caused a tremendous outcry. Dawkins responded to the controversy in a […]

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Access: taking the opportunity

This article was written in response to a recent OxStu Comment article by James Blythe, “Access initiatives: more important now than ever“ James Blythe, OUSU’s new VP for Access recently highlighted the frightening statistics showing how skewed statistics about Oxbridge offer-holders are towards a small number of elite schools. Not only may this make us […]

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#Ferguson

David McShane’s new cartoon shows the conflict arising from the ability of social media to project images and ideas that the authorities might otherwise want to keep hidden. David is a third year student of English at St Anne’s who reviews, writes and cartoons for various student publications. CARTOON/David_McShane   Follow @OxStuComment    Want […]

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Carnival just get along? Notting Hill and the problems of multiculturalism

Towards the end of the 1980s, at the very height of the tensions between the police and inner-city black communities, the Metropolitan police produced a report on crime in the Notting Hill area entitled ‘Life’s Not a Carnival’. It was an alarmingly ill-considered heading. It was at once an overt dig at the Caribbean festival […]

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Lord Falconer’s assisted suicide bill is dangerous

On July 18th, Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords, taking another step towards becoming law. I don’t doubt the good intentions of those who support the legalisation of physician-assisted suicide; by and large, the main concerns of the Falconer Bill’s proponents have been minimising suffering and upholding […]

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Now is not the time to worry about inconsistency over Gaza

Last week, 150,000 people didn’t march through London to condemn the actions of Islamist militants in Iraq. Scores of protesters didn’t speak out against the conflict in Ukraine. The streets of the capital weren’t flooded with demonstrators denouncing the violence in Syria. However, anyone walking through central London on the 9th August would have been […]

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Salmond vs Darling, blow by blow

In many ways, Alex Salmond and Mel Gibson share rather little in common. But last week, representing the Yes Campaign, Scotland’s First Minister was very much the Braveheart candidate. Alistair Darling, ever serious, took the other podium. Viewers outside of Scotland had some continuing technical difficulties during the STV broadcast, but the “do not adjust […]

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Disabilities – “I’m not your inspiration”

Performing an access audit on her local shops at the age of 14, Stella Young has engaged in a lifetime of vehement promotion of the disabled community. With membership of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council and Ministerial Advisory Council for Women with Disabilities Victoria, Stella Young has also hosted eight seasons of No Limits, Australia’s […]

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The Lib Dems: still a vital part of British politics

Nick Clegg has a lot of reasons to be worried. Last week, the Tuesday before the local and European elections, he received a frosty welcome here in Oxford, with protests outside two events he attended, and uncomfortable questions on tuition fees being asked inside. This, however, might have been the high point of his week […]

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