Move Fast and Break Democracy

Image description: The Whitehall sign, which reads: ‘Whitehall, SW1, City of Westminster’.  Dominic Cummings left 10 Downing Street as he entered it — through the front door, with the nation’s cameras watching.  A special advisor, he enjoyed unusual influence in a PM’s team, and a higher public profile than many senior frontbenchers. We should all be […]

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Politics of the Pandemic: Covid-19 and Challenging Malaysian Narratives

Image description: The text ‘Perikatan Nasional’ in white, on a blue background, with a rip going through the middle of the picture. Political paradigms and narratives represent the different forms of worldview within any particular society. These are the underlying assumptions that permeate political discourse and guide political action, consciously or otherwise. Much of the […]

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Liberalism and the poor

Image description: the painting Applications for Admission to a Casual Ward, a Victorian painting by Sir Luke Fildes. Impoverished men, women and children line up outside a police station to prove their eligibility to spend a night in a workhouse. Read Matteo’s last column: https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2020/10/24/the-scarcity-of-politics/ In my last column, I argued that we rarely acknowledge […]

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Should the Oxford collegiate system be subject to greater centralisation?

Image description: An aerial view of Oxford, including the Radcliffe Camera and other college buildings. ‘Oxford’s 38 colleges and six permanent private halls are both an integral part of the collegiate University and also independent, self-governing academic communities. Diverse in age, size and scope, all contribute significantly to the core activities of the University:  learning […]

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Can we talk about Boris Johnson’s anti-Semitism now, please?

Image description: screen on truck reads “Holocaust deniers harboured by Labour”. Edited over the top is Jeremy Corbyn’s outline, over which is placed a prohibition symbol, as well as Boris Johnson’s outline, over which is placed a question mark. CW: discussion of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic tropes Finally, Labour has begun to tackle the anti-Semitism rife […]

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History and Heterogeneity: Armenia and Azerbaijan

Image description: excerpt from map showing Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Nagorno-Karabakh, with areas of clash in September coloured red. When the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a pandemic on 11th March, many commentators predicted a decrease in war as challenging times changed priorities. Certain surveys have supported this. The ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Event Data) […]

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