US Election 2012: Liveblog

It’s the final countdown! The team here at Comment are going to be blogging live as the results come in. We’ll draw in sources from news sites, Twitter and elsewhere, and try and draw your attention to the big news that matters as each state declares. We’ll also look for anything funny that’s going on […]

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It’s time for Oxford to help transform our state schools

The reforms to the state education system pioneered by the last government have radically improved the state education system. It is easy to be blind to quite how bad things were; the statistics really are shocking. The basic school leaving standard is just 5 GCSEs at A* to C including English and Maths, and this […]

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What matters in Hong Kong – China’s SAR

The incumbent Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, C.Y. Leung, could not have picked a less opportune time to take office. In a summer rife with marked political developments at the regional and national level, C.Y. and his administration have found themselves to be the ill-fated punching bags for political frustration from a public brimming […]

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The EBacc: The numbers behind inflation and opportunity

By 2018 the ‘English Baccalaureate’ – a pastiche certificate including English, Maths, History/Geography and a language – is intended to replace GCSEs as England’s standard 16-plus measure of academic attainment. Michael Gove announced the move in order to counter the “grade inflation and dumbing down” engendered by GCSEs. Gove’s exam would not only be harder, […]

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Assange and asylum: troubling questions for the UK

The saga of Julian Assange seems to underline the hypocrisy and self-interest that characterise international politics. I will admit at the beginning of this article that I lack the expertise to conduct a detailed analysis of Julian Assange’s case. However, judging by the obvious confusion of – and frequent use of the word ‘unprecedented’ by […]

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Welcome, Freshers!

So, you’ve got the results you wanted, you’ve been in the photo, you’ve been out for a celebratory pint and you’ve come home to a Facebook full of likes from remote relatives for your “I GOT INTO OXFORD!” message. What now? Well, the unfortunate thing about Oxford is that, even with your results in the […]

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A step towards outfit equality

This move to remove gender based restrictions on sub-fusc is a really positive step towards equality – not just for transgender individuals, but between men and women as well. Gore Vidal, the great American writer, passed away on Tuesday. Among his most famous comments was that “There are no homosexual people, only homosexual acts”. His implication: […]

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