On corporate parasites and the university

As the onslaught of the coalition’s neoliberal agenda continues and savage cuts to public services deepen, a whole generation of young people are losing vital education services. Saddled with debts up to £50,000, questions of job security have never weighed so heavily on the minds of the student body. Lying in waiting, ready to pounce, […]

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A collegiate university? Not for graduates.

Let me say this as clearly as possible, without pretensions of politeness or gratitude: the graduate admissions system at Oxford, by which the candidates are assigned to a particular college, is nothing short of scandalous and dictatorial. Where the process is not clandestine and irritating, it is downright impolite and arrogant to the point of […]

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The Malala Yousafzai attack is about more than misogyny

The vicious Taliban attack on a 14-year old schoolgirl on 9th October in the Swat region of Northern Pakistan has prompted global outrage, but the question remains – was this the result of a localized battle or is it part of a far bigger issue? Malala Yousafzai became an internationally-recognised name when she began writing […]

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Anti-rape posters in Oxford blame the victims

Publicly funded anti-rape campaigns centred around victim-blaming are nothing new. They have already been run by several police forces, notably West Mercia, whose ‘Don’t be a victim’ posters warning not to ‘let a night full of promise turn into a morning full of regret’ by getting so drunk that their night ends in ‘regretful sex […]

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The Malcontent on: party conferences

So, it’s party conference season again. That time of year when a circus of second-rate politicians to decamp to some concrete monstrosity in the middle of a post-industrial swamp to pretend to be in touch with the poor. Three days are then spent in the glorious democratic ritual of making over-prepared speeches introducing policies that […]

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