Debate: Should Class A drugs be legalised?

[yop_poll id=”9″]   Proposition – Andrew Laithwaite It’s pretty uncontroversial to say that people should be free to pursue whatever pastimes may take their fancy; whatever floats their metaphorical boat. Naturally however, such freedom must have its limits. It is the opinion that such limits are flouted where individuals take recreational drugs of the ‘Class […]

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Bring back the Bullingdon!

Those of you who share my on-going paranoid fear that something nasty is going to be said about Oxford in the tabloids may have caught David Dimbleby’s reminiscence of his time in the Bullingdon Club. It was, of course, nothing like the den of debauchery that we all know and love today.  They never “broke […]

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Full Communism now

In the beginning there was the Word. This Word cast a shadow upon the whole world. In the name of the Word, civilisations rose and fell; old animosities dissolved as new tensions boiled to the surface. The Word is now long dead. But I do not care for the Word and its worn-out connotations. For […]

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Getting pissed at the top 40 list

The Cherwell has published a list of the “40 most influential undergraduates at the University of Oxford”. In doing so, they pre-empted this paper’s tradition of a “Top 50”. These lists are the manifestation of the most ugly aspect of this university’s vibrant extra-curricular scene: the perpetuation of the pale, pygmy fame available in this […]

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Malcontent… on Out-of-Town Colleges

It’s safe to say that a thirty-minute trek to lectures in the pouring rain is not what comes to mind for most people when they envisage studying at Oxford. For the benighted denizens of such far-flung locales as Hilda’s, Anne’s and (whisper it) Hugh’s, however, such torment is a daily reality. Consigned to the outskirts […]

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Interview: Lord Adonis

Andrew Adonis is out to fix Britain’s failing comprehensives. The former Minister for Education is Labour to the core, a champion of Teach First, and the driving force behind academy schools. He is, in short, the living embodiment of Tony Blair’s old mantra, “education, education, education.” Hardly surprising, given his own decidedly unconventional background. Adonis’ life story reads like […]

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