Why I support the Oxford Left slate for OUSU elections 2012

Oxford students face substantial problems in their own lives. We have just seen a massive increase in fees and student debt and funding cuts to the education system nationally, while the cost of living, already high in Oxford, continues to rise. Poorer students in particular are having difficulty making ends meet. Students are subject to […]

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No confidence means no confidence

Last year, our tutors and lecturers sent out a resounding message of no confidence in David Willetts. On Friday, 9th November, he is being welcomed back, on a shared platform, as part of a humanitas programme lecture series. As universities across the country face funding cuts, courses are being demolished and staff outsourced, St Peter’s […]

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Henry VIII: The first Eurosceptic

The Euro currency has been nothing short of a disaster. It threatens to enmesh all the Eurozone in a colossal web of debt. The European establishment has failed to find a coherent solution. Only sufficing in raising taxation and forcing crippling austerity, it has alienated the peoples of the Eurozone. It has already toppled two […]

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Oxford economics: the death of the human

The American President Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” I get the same shivers when someone introduces themselves as an economist. For, in its current form, the economics curriculum at Oxford and other Anglo-Saxon universities is far too […]

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The EDL’s march into obscurity

When the far right English Defence League (EDL) decide to march on your hometown twice in two months, it’s difficult not to take it as a bit of an insult to where you live. But as the group prepare to return once again to Walthamstow, one of London’s most multicultural areas, I can reassure myself […]

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Playing the game à la francaise

The French and the English have never seen eye to eye: Monarchy versus Republic; Protestantism versus Catholicism; frogs’ legs versus fish and chips. But nowhere is the divide still so stark as in the realm of education.  Both countries have, since halfway through the last millennium, considered themselves at the forefront of academia and original […]

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HFL: Having a F*cking Laugh

This time last term, Oxford’s historians frolicked in their previous History Faculty Library (HFL), the Old Indian Institute, at the end of Catte Street. But there was a major problem: people could easily find the books they needed and take them back to their colleges. In short, the system worked and, as many of us […]

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2012, an Olympic odyssey

I’m a big fan of the ‘what would an alien think’ thought experiment –  the idea being that a bemused extraterrestrial’s response to the quirks of humanity will peel away the commonsense blinkers through which we view the world around us, ‘alienating’ (excuse the pun) the normal and bringing it into sharper focus. This week […]

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