Soaring rail fares are one symptom of a sick economy – the disease is privatisation

The British railways have come to be one of the most blatantly obvious examples of where privatisation has failed. Commuters and tax payers are being ripped off by dividend collectors, while services deteriorate, prices climb much faster than wages, and incompetent Conservative ministers like Chris Grayling fumble around a problem they have no desire to […]

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Is there really “social apartheid” in Oxford admissions? – Implications of data uncovered by David Lammy

Ever feel like everyone at Oxford is from London? Or at least say they’re from London so as not to confuse clueless northerners with alien territories such as ‘High Wycombe’, ‘Crawley’, or the most fabled of them all – ‘Guildford’. Well, truth is, that’s because they kind of are. Taking the almost unanimously stretched definition of ‘London’ as meaning all of Greater London and the Southeast, […]

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Making pay public: abandoning embarrassment in pursuit of equality

No reasonable person views the recent scandal over pay as raising issues limited to the BBC. Whilst the right-wing tabloids seized upon the opportunity to savage what they deem to be an instrument of the liberal elite, others contemplated a more interesting talking point: how does the just society allocate its resources? This question, at the heart of much contemporary political debate, was just one of those to which Harvard philosopher John […]

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Why the Labour Party’s Grammar Schools Policy is a Sham of Equality

‘Corbyn launches anti-grammar schools campaign’, says the headline on schoolsweek.co.uk, back in September. ‘The newly re-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will launch a national campaign against plans to open new grammar schools in England’, says the subheading. To any proponent of social equality, the Labour Party’s opposition to Theresa May’s grammar schools policy at first […]

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The Luxury of Abstract Shopping

When shopping, it can be easy to forget that amongst global industries, the fashion industry ranks as the second most environmentally polluting and also as one of the largest operators of child and slave labor. For this reason, I try to say that I “only shop ethically,” but sometimes, my resolve crumbles as soon as […]

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Oxfam Report: Richest 1% wealthier as rest of the world combined

According to Oxford charity Oxfam, global inequality is rapidly increasing. The top 1% now own more than the rest of humanity combined. The richest 62 individuals are even as wealthy as the poorest 3.6 billion people. In light of that development, the NGO stresses the importance of legislating equitable taxation, increasing minimum wages, pursuing women’s […]

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Contact hours chasm: are you getting bang for your buck?

The results of an Oxford Student investigation into tutorial contact hours have revealed large gaps in the tuition time provided for humanities students across colleges. While the University admissions website claims that “all Oxford colleges have the same high academic standards”, the results of this investigation suggest significant differences in the quantity of teaching provision. […]

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