Comment / 03/05/2022 The parallels of ‘Putinism’ and what it means for millions of Russians

We hear more and more every day about the callous attacks by the Russian military on innocent Ukrainian civilians. It is these people who are without doubt the greatest victims of ‘Putinism’ – a vicious, autocratic political ideology that seeks both complete physical and intellectual domination over those who threaten to disrupt it. While our...

Comment / 03/05/2022 Britain’s migrant deal with Rwanda

The landlocked East African country of Rwanda is due to become the potential home of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants in the UK as part of a controversial scheme negotiated by Home Secretary Priti Patel. In a speech discussing the government’s new migration and economic development partnership, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced, “anyone entering the...

Comment / 03/05/2022 The Energy Crisis & Rise of Living Costs

Recently, you’d have noticed there has been a very large price inflation since Russia began attacking Ukraine. The price of living has vastly increased, and while we’re not the only place to be affected, the current inflation is rising at 7%, with the worst yet to come. Amidst Russia’s war crimes, many countries have cut...

Comment / 03/05/2022 Party gate and Ukraine: How Can Boris Challenge Putin Now?

After confirmation that he broke his own laws, Boris Johnson continues to cling to power. But how can he challenge Vladimir Putin when he’s repeatedly lied to his own people?  To say this has been a bad few weeks for Boris Johnson would be the understatement of the year. This April saw police investigations confirm...

Comment / 22/03/2022 Has Boris forgotten about the vulnerable?

Boris Johnson has announced it’s time we live with Covid-19. But he hasn’t told us how. The perception our prime minister, weakened by scandals, is trying to appease to his backbenchers is not all that farfetched. Many of these backbenchers have businesses and investments impacted by Covid-19 restrictions and wish for life to return to...

Comment / 22/03/2022 Britain’s disappointing visa system for Ukraine

“Please do not attempt to travel to the UK without a valid visa.” The statement sits at the top of the Ukrainian advice page on the government website. I mean, it doesn’t say don’t come, but it’s not exactly welcoming either. The refugee crisis continues to intensify. It’s estimated three million citizens have already fled...

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​​The downfall of Cressida Dick

The resignation of Cressida Dick on 10 February 2022 has ignited polarised reactions from both her critics and supporters. But was her resignation an apt decision to protect her legacy and diminish any further personal resentment, or was it due to a disintegrating relationship with the Mayor of London? There is no doubt Dick held…

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The gender pay gap requires urgent action

International Women’s Day is a time for the world to focus on levelling the so-called playing field for women, though it is not a game for those facing unequal pay, the glass ceiling or glass cliff effect. This year’s #BreakTheBias theme is useful in centering this conversation to the perception of the gender pay gap,…

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A Corrupt Aversion to Corruption

In this country, mainstream media in its totality has an aversion to using the word corruption. Not just in the sense of broadcasting corporations but in media as the central force of culture. Perhaps, if we take western democracy as the gold standard for the systems of government, the absence of this word may be…

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Period poverty in Britain: a devastating reality

We know the upsetting realities of periods in developing countries across the globe, but do we really know the full extent and reality of period poverty in Britain? Period poverty is a much deeper problem than one not being able to afford menstrual products. It has overwhelming effects on the individual’s entire life, with its…


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