Comment / 23/03/2021 Schools aren’t safe for unvaccinated teachers

Despite the phased returning of pupils to school this week, teachers have been left out of the priority groups for a Covid-19 vaccine. Earlier this week, millions of primary and secondary school students returned to school. This is the first step of the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions in the UK. These easings have come...

Comment / 23/03/2021 Boris Johnson’s route to freedom will be a success

After a lot of uncertainty over the past year, we finally have a roadmap out of lockdown. This time, we have a vaccine being rolled out. After three lockdowns, it appears Boris Johnson has realised the tier system didn’t work, as people were travelling to enter the lower tiers when they weren’t supposed to. The...

Comment / 02/03/2021 A Gender Equality Crisis is on the Rise

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act 1970, it has become apparent that a gender equality crisis is on the rise. The coronavirus pandemic is set to reverse years of progress fought for by the likes of Emmeline Pankhurst and Malala Yousafzai. Speaking to the Guardian, Sam Smethers of the...

Comment / 02/03/2021 Covid-19 has highlighted the absence of media coverage of women’s sexual and reproductive issues

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 (we all know them by now): a high temperature, dry cough, and loss of taste and smell. For those without underlying health conditions these last for a maximum of around seven to ten days. Then, an endless list of long-term effects, including fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain...

Comment / 02/03/2021 Stop using the word ‘Covidiots’

Last week, a mountain rescue volunteer was paralysed after attempting to save the lives of two wild campers breaking the Covid restrictions. This story ought to shake a nation to its core, a moment when selfishness met selflessness. Chris Lewis, 60, is now in a wheelchair. This must surely exemplify the humility of one man...

Comment / 02/03/2021 It’s time we fixed the gender contraceptive gap

People throughout history have sought a multitude of methods to prevent unwanted pregnancies. In Medieval Western Europe, women used lily roots as contraceptive coils and took herbal products to induce abortions, the Ancient Greeks prescribed potentially fatal solutions consisting of a copper salt, and the Ancient Egyptians inserted a solidified mixture of honey and sodium...



Uni students need to be able to go home

I am not normally one to praise our current government, which is why it somewhat pains me to admit when Universities Minister Michelle Donelan was making TV appearances to discuss the government’s plan to get students home for Christmas, I was impressed.  While I did not agree with everything she said, here was someone who…


Harmless entertainment or bang out of order?

With lockdown’s cancellation of organised public displays over Halloween and Bonfire Night bringing a rise in home use, concerns over the government’s unwillingness to reform the current legal regulations for purchasing pyrotechnics have manifested into a parliamentary e-petition with over 200,000 signatures to date. As the law stands, anyone over 18 can purchase fireworks through…

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