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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Lockdown: worth it?

Image description: two men wearing masks, walking along a street Read Maddy’s column from last week: https://www.oxfordstudent.com/2020/10/16/what-about-the-fish/ At the beginning of the first lockdown (do you remember that? How wonderfully naïve we all were), I was added to a Facebook group for Lockdown Sceptics. Their posts were a little wacky, often linking COVID-19 to 5G […]

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Analysis: the Government’s new Intelligence legislation

Image Description: the British Parliament, lit, at night Athena Kam: a blow to the rule of law ‘Participation in criminal conduct is an essential and inescapable feature’, states the British Government about their Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) Bill, introduced on Thursday 24 September. The Bill permits otherwise illegal activities by MI5 and other public […]

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What about the Fish?

Image description: a fishing boat on choppy seas October 15th was Boris Johnson’s self-imposed deadline for talks with the EU. In September, the Prime Minister said that it would be time for both sides to “accept it and move on” if this date passed without meaningful agreement.  Yet, trade agreements are fiddly things, and politicians […]

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Towards a ‘class-less’ class?

Image description: a school classroom is pictured, with one student holding their hand up. The latest guidance from the Department for Education (DPE) banning British schools from using materials produced by organisations ‘that take extreme political stances’ has sparked much debate. Criticism towards these guidelines comes mainly from its categorisation of anti-capitalism as an extreme […]

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