The politics of Brexit remains ambiguous and divided

Timid and cowering. Get in line or get out. A grave error. He has to go. When Philip Hammond voiced his hope that any changes in the UK’s relationship with the EU would be “very modest”, the reaction from the Conservative backbenches was anything but. The furious and wearisomely predictable responses to the Chancellor’s Davos […]

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The Church of England should stand up for Bishop Bell

A short biography of George Bell, who had been Bishop of Chichester for 27 years when he died in 1958, begins by acknowledging a recurring pattern regarding the reputation of notable people. It points out that after such people die, their reputations are often reshaped and defamed by harsh criticism not voiced during their lifetimes […]

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Tech autocracy: how to end digital dependency

2018 has gotten off to a shaky start for the world’s tech giants. The major players in Silicon Valley have come under synchronised public scrutiny; for once, not about the quality of their products, but rather for their addictive nature. Last month, Apple’s biggest investors put pressure on the company to address increasing iPhone usage […]

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The President’s Club fiasco shows a need for change

I think it’s fair to say that we are no longer shocked. But we are definitely repulsed, outraged and, most of all, exhausted. How many stories of outright misogyny must we hear before something changes? This year’s annual President’s Club gala charity dinner was no different to the other thirty-three, except for the attendance of […]

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Theresa May is in crisis, but she isn’t finished yet

Another week, another backbench revolt which threatens to topple Theresa May’s precarious minority government. At this point, it’s all a little stale; a month doesn’t go by without some kind of crisis befalling the current government, with Brexiteers in revolt over anything from the most minute policy differences to fundamental philosophical disagreements (this time sees […]

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Why YouTube must act to tackle ‘undesirable’ content

The start of 2018 was greeted by a scandal that quickly received international condemnation. Logan Paul, a former vine star turned YouTuber, had uploaded a video as part of his Japan tour exploring the infamous Aokigahara ‘suicide’ forest, in which he stumbles upon a recently deceased individual. Filming at close proximity to the corpse, he […]

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The Democrats’ US govt shutdown: a tactical mistake

It is hard not to be sympathetic to the Democrats in their current congressional battle. They are fighting a Republican Party unwilling to grant the same rights to some American citizens as it does to others, solely because their parents entered the country illegally. Regardless of one’s views on immigration, we should all treat immigrants […]

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Why it’s time to acknowledge the complexity of the past

“Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye”: these are the mournful words of the sixth Mughal emperor of India to one of his sons, in a letter in which he expressed sadness and regret for his failures and the sins with which he had burdened himself. Aurangzeb, it seems, wanted to be forgotten; he specified that he wished to […]

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