Comment / 20/07/2021 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...

Comment / 20/07/2021 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...

Comment / 19/07/2021 19 July lifting of restrictions ignores the unvaccinated section of the population

As 19 July bears closer and closer, cases and hospitalisations are rising. Although we will never be in the position the government was in last March and as such, we will never be able to understand those pressures of making decisions which could affect many peoples’ lives. With that being said, there is no denying...

Comment / 04/05/2021 The solution to the possibly discriminatory nature of Covid passports

The end of lockdown and the return to freedom is finally on the horizon. As part of the government’s plan to return to normality, they will be introducing Covid passports for people who want to go abroad.  Currently, the government is on track to offer a first vaccine to the rest of the adult population...

Comment / 04/05/2021 Successful government Covid-19 responses stand out against a crowd of tragedy

Worldwide government responses to the Covid-19 pandemic have been starkly varied. Where some populations suffer in overcrowded hospitals desperately in need of a ventilator which is simply not there, others visit sporting events and enjoy live music. The world has become far more closed than it has ever been, with foreign aid simply highlighting a...

Comment / 04/05/2021 Extinction Rebellion must soften their tactics to combat the climate crisis

The historical shift from environmentalists ridiculed as ‘hippies’ to being stamped as ‘ecomaniacs’ and ‘dangerous’ by media tabloids indicates movements like Extinction Rebellion are anything but a dying fire.  Despite being three years young, the organisation has gained universal stead as the intergenerational symbol for environmental activism, galvanising membership across 70 countries and dominating the...

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The True Virus is Tory Incompetence

In a time like this, it’s easy to feel sorry for those in power. Don’t. The selfishness and incompetence of the Conservative Party is a virus which has been slowly infecting Britain since 2010 – COVID has only exposed it.  The UK ranks 9th worst for coronavirus deaths relative to population. Over 75,000 lives lost….

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Exam Cancellation Chaos

For the second year running, A-Level and GCSE exams, due to be held in the summer, have been cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made by the Prime Minister on 4th January, the same day he brought in the third national lockdown. Some students welcomed the news, as they no…

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It’s time to impeach Trump

Two years ago, when I was in my first year at university, I wrote an article for Concrete arguing Donald Trump, though displaying a shocking lack of concern over how his words were received, did not represent an intentional threat to American democracy. Considering recent events, I now find myself unable to support the assertions…

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The Sour Notes of Sia’s ‘Music’

On the 19th of November, Sia released the trailer for her first cinematic experience: ‘Music’. This film claims to portray the experiences of a non-verbal autistic girl, indeed, the unifying experience of life with autism – a claim which Sia no doubt expected praise for attempting.  On a surface level, the best of ‘Music’ can…

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Digital censorship threatens personal liberty

Being critical online of one’s state, of one’s government, and of one’s national leadership is perhaps something we Brits take for granted. A quick scroll through Twitter under #UKPolitics (or anything remotely adjacent) will find seemingly infinite opinions of the Johnson ministry, ranging from left-wing criticism to right-wing praise. Similarly, searching for #Labour will return…

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Is it unfair to lift lockdown for Christmas?

It’s Christmas Eve 2020: A glistening tree decorated with tinsel and fully working lights (miracle!) stands tall and bushy, hiding carefully wrapped gifts underneath and filling the living room with festive joy where countless Christmas movies will soon be watched with family. Arrangements have been made to visit grandparents and other family members you haven’t…


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