Comment / 14/09/2021 Festivals provide invaluable research – keep the party going

On 2nd May, the Covid test event in Sefton Park, Liverpool, greeted approximately 5000 punters who could breach the 2-metre perimeter and exhibit their maskless faces for one night only as part of the government’s Event Research Programme. Alongside a ticket, the revellers had to produce a negative test taken just before the event started....

Comment / 14/09/2021 The UK-US ‘Special Relationship’: Is This the End?

The US Department of State’s website says “the United States has no closer partner than the United Kingdom”. This view has been shared in most British political circles for many years now.  The US President and the UK Prime Minister have always been thought to have a special relationship on the world stage (think Thatcher...

Comment / 14/09/2021 The NHS Charity Case

Over the past two years, the NHS has been facing the most unimaginable scenes possible. It therefore is not surprising that it did not take long for the effects of an under-funded system to start showing its cracks once again.  Not only were we witness to the images of NHS workers lacking the essential PPE...

Comment / 14/09/2021 We Want to be Radicals

“Not Gay as in happy but Queer as in Fuck You.” – Anon Pride was founded on a brick or a shot or kick and the colours of the rainbow thereafter. For many LGBT+ people, a medium sized rectangular cloth, 90 by 150, dyed with the vanishing afternoon, means above all one thing: Pride. Since...

Comment / 17/08/2021 From abstinence to education: we need to change the narrative on water safety

Almost every summer heatwave is overshadowed by tragedy, as people trying to cool off in UK waters lose their lives by drowning. As a swimming enthusiast and teacher, I read the news reports and authorities’ responses to these tragedies with sadness, along with frustration, knowing so many of these deaths could have been prevented.   The...

Comment / 17/08/2021 Are we gentrifying public houses?

Pubs are public houses, or at least they used to be. Places where anyone could, and likely would, go for a pint to meet with their local community or just sit and enjoy a moment to themselves. To some extent they still are. We all go to the pub now and then, but there are...

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The NHS Charity Case

Over the past two years, the NHS has been facing the most unimaginable scenes possible. It therefore is not surprising that it did not take long for the effects of an under-funded system to start showing its cracks once again.  Not only were we witness to the images of NHS workers lacking the essential PPE…

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We Want to be Radicals

“Not Gay as in happy but Queer as in Fuck You.” – Anon Pride was founded on a brick or a shot or kick and the colours of the rainbow thereafter. For many LGBT+ people, a medium sized rectangular cloth, 90 by 150, dyed with the vanishing afternoon, means above all one thing: Pride. Since…

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To mask or not to mask?

After the recent government announcement, the question on everyone’s mind is: to mask or not to mask? We will soon see a palpable divide between those who continue to don the mask, and those who choose to toss it. Statistically, gender plays into this divide. A recent poll showed that 73% of women will continue…

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Hancock’s Hypocrisy

In a bizarre video interview from 2019, Boris Johnson announced in the face of no-deal Brexit fears that “under any circumstances, this country will be amply provided for, not only with Mars bars, not only with drinking water, but also with cheese and onion crisps.” In a vacuum, this comment would be blindly endearing and…


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