Deputy Editors' Column

Listen to Dua Lipa, we need new rules

Last weekend, Beyoncé became the first black woman to headline Coachella, this week Concrete reports on an almost 20 percent gender pay gap. The news of a nationwide gender pay gap was infuriating, but to find it at UEA put our female student’s futures into question. For every step forwards, the patriarchy is pulling us back. I think we can all agree we need change. We need new rules.

But what we don’t need, is Amber Davies. On page 16, Jessica Cappi looks at the reality TV stars’ ideas in ‘No to Amber Davies’ new rules.’ I’d like to think Amber’s heart was in the right place, but speaking from her position of influence, with such blinding ignorance, is as embarrassing as it is dangerous. I’m all for self-respect Amber, but not how you’re packaging it. As Jessica’s article says – with consent and contraception there’s “no harm in filing your casual sex boots.”

A new rule that I am all for, however, is the sugar tax. I come from a family obsessed with sugar. Not a meal goes by without my mother wondering how many teaspoons of it sit in our dinner. Where I will shamelessly ignore Amber’s rules that return women to a pre-fifties like code of conduct, the sugar tax is a rule I can get on board with. Read “Tax leaves cavity in wallets” on page 15 for Rosie Burgoyne’s summary of the changes and how it will hit your student wallet.

Talking all things new, Concrete is getting ready to hand the reins to next year’s team. We don’t know who they are yet, but keep your eyes on our Facebook page, as applications open soon. Let’s welcome a new team and new (logical) rules. Let’s do Dua proud.


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June 2021
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