Ineffable: the mutterings of a science student

By Heather Stevens On 2nd May, scientists at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire released a letter and video appealing to the consciences of environmental activists planning to physically destroy their research in a protest – described on their website as “a nice day out in the country, with picnics, music from Seize the Day and a decontamination” – set to go ahead next Sunday. In […]

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In the foothills with Chris Mullin

By Dom Gilchrist and Sakina Haider The rise of New Labour was noticed by all but recorded by few. Fortunately, through the little red notebooks he used to capture his time as an MP, Mullin has preserved one of the most important periods in the Labour Party’s history establishing himself as the turn of the century’s most important diarist in the process. His […]

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The Malcontent on: Youtube Adverts

By James Restall John Lennon once said, “Time you enjoy wasting, was not time wasted.” The snowed-under finalist may welldisagree, but let’s not forget that university students are the ultimate professional procrastinators.  Since its 2005 launch, YouTube has provided essay-writers with the perfect vehicle for distraction. Be it an irate dog-walker cursing his pet as it hurtles towards a stampede of deer, a clip […]

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Europe asks: le changement, c’est maintenant?

By Chris Barry Francois Hollande’s recent victory in the French presidential elections represents a welcome shift to the left in the balance of European politics. It has indeed been a very long time – thirty-one years – since the last election of a socialist French president. This fact, coupled with Hollande’s insistence that his victory represents a new, collective will to break with the […]

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A Greek tragedy and the Golden Dawn

By Meredith Kerr “I’d rather be governed by a madman than a thief”, commented an angry citizen on an article praising Hitler by the leader of Golden Dawn. On 6th May, the Greek general election gave no party an outright majority, but it has given 21 seats to a far-right group that Sophia Ignatidou, writing in the Guardian, said “a decade ago was widely […]

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Oxford’s equality militants must reconnect with reality

by an LGBTQ student Bigoted: “having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one’s own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others”. A perfect word to describe the militant hacks of Oxford’s Feminist and LGBTQ Societies and the ‘safe space’ they dictate. ‘Safe spaces’ are small bubbles where everybody gets to be a victim, endlessly moaning about the evils of […]

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Ineffable: The mutterings of a economics student

Entrepreneurship encompasses a huge range of activities, from starting up a company from scratch to initiating social and environmental changes. Last year, David Cameron said entrepreneurs are the engines of economic growth for Britain. Okay, you might not be a big fan of Mr Cameron, but he certainly has a point. Fundamentally, entrepreneurship is the […]

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…but lacking force back home in Blighty

British students should be angry – very angry. And indeed we were, following the lib-dem betrayal back in 2010. Who could forget the chaos in London on the day of the vote, which saw the Tory HQ at Millbank occupied and marches across the country? Since, the protests on tuition fees have spread into a wider resistance movement against […]

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Student pressure mounting in Quebec…

Striking students in the Canadian province of Quebec are vowing to escalate their fight against an increase in tuition fees after police used tear gas, shock grenades and arrested dozens of protesters last Friday. For more than ten weeks now 170,000 students from approximately 180 local unions have been on a strike which has shut down the Port of Montreal, ministerial […]

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Polar party politics getting more popular?

“Let me tell you who my rival is. It does not bear a name or have a face; it’s the finance industry.” Tough talk, from France’s leading presidential candidate, the Socialist Francois Hollande. Can you imagine Ed Milliband making such a provocative statement? Yet Hollande is hardly the most extreme of his fellow presidential hopefuls. Little thought is being spared for […]

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