Parkfield: A Victory for Bigots and Cowardly Politicians

Image description: Rainbow flags waving at Pride. The decision of Parkfield Community School (in Alum Rock, Birmingham) to indefinitely suspend its teaching of the ‘No Outsiders’ programme––a part of the curriculum which teaches inclusion and diversity––is a saddening step back in the fight for equality. In capitulating to the protesters outside its gates, the school […]

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New colleges for state school students would be a disaster

We’re all familiar with the usual discourse surrounding Oxbridge and state school admissions – Oxford needs to tackle its access problem urgently. Andrew Adonis, Labour peer and former Transport Secretary, has recently pitched a brand-new suggestion: opening new colleges aimed solely at applicants from state school backgrounds. In January, Adonis stated in The Guardian that […]

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Soaring rail fares are one symptom of a sick economy – the disease is privatisation

The British railways have come to be one of the most blatantly obvious examples of where privatisation has failed. Commuters and tax payers are being ripped off by dividend collectors, while services deteriorate, prices climb much faster than wages, and incompetent Conservative ministers like Chris Grayling fumble around a problem they have no desire to […]

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The return of Ali Bongo: what’s next for Gabon?

Image Description: President Ali Bongo (left) with ex-president of France Francois Hollande (right). On January 15th, Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo, returned home after an extended period of absence. The victim of a stroke in October 2018, President Bongo left Gabon for medical services. Leaving Gabon in political turbulence, in part engendered by an ineffective government, […]

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