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General Election 2017: a second referendum or a Conservative landslide? Comment Politics & Current Affairs 

General Election 2017: a second referendum or a Conservative landslide?

When Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election in April, that is now scheduled for the 8th June, many people were shocked. May had previously stated that she would not call a general election, and in line with the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, the next election had not been due until 2020. Thus, there has been a lot of speculation regarding the Prime Minister’s reasoning behind her decision, as well as about how the election results will affect the country. With the triggering of Article 50, beginning the…

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IWD Series: A Soundtrack to Being a Girl – songs that shaped the woman I am today Literature & Culture Politics & Current Affairs 

IWD Series: A Soundtrack to Being a Girl – songs that shaped the woman I am today

‘The music of a well-chosen set takes you on this trip through emotions and through various forms of intellectual engagement.’ – John Green The quote above completely encapsulates the power I believe music can have on the individual. Like most people, I have been a lover of music from a very young age and there is not a day that goes by where I fail to put my headphones in and let my favourite songs take me to a happy (or sometimes melancholic) place. I was inspired to write this…

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International Women’s Day Series: What Women’s Day means to me… Comment Politics & Current Affairs 

International Women’s Day Series: What Women’s Day means to me…

Today, being International Women’s Day I thought it fitting to not only embrace the power of women but to also acknowledge how far we still have to go. From my own perspective over the past few years I have noticed more and more of my female friends using the phrase, ‘strong independent woman.’ Whether that be in preparation for a job interview, a response to a recent break-up or in regards to taking part in a male dominated sport such a boxing, it makes be proud to realise that women,…

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Why the fashion industry needs to stop trivialising mental health Comment Fashion & Beauty Politics & Current Affairs 

Why the fashion industry needs to stop trivialising mental health

Recently, youth-cult fashion chain Missguided has provoked widespread criticism for a store sign that has been labelled as disappointing, inappropriate and offensive by social media users. The sign in question was spotted by a shopper on Boxing Day who was vocally unimpressed by the brand’s use of the phrase ‘I’m a psychotic mess, but at least my eyebrows look good’ on one of its products. A picture of the sign, accompanied by a caption of personal distaste, was consequently uploaded to Twitter, where public outcry followed. This popular reaction was…

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2016: A Year in Review Comment Politics & Current Affairs 

2016: A Year in Review

A quick glance at 2016’s biggest headlines and last year can easily be labelled as one of the worst. Indeed, this politically, socially and economically volatile year has seen the UK voting to leave the European Union, Donald Trump winning the US Presidential election, and numerous terrorist attacks, fuelled by hatred. 2016 was a year characterised by death: more than 13,500 innocent civilians have been killed in Syria this year; hundreds have died at the hands of terrorists during attacks in Brussels, Istanbul, Nice, Orlando, Jakarta and Berlin; MP Jo…

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A Reflection on the 2016 Financial Year Finance Politics & Current Affairs 

A Reflection on the 2016 Financial Year

2016 has undoubtedly been one of the most politically and socially tumultuous years we have experienced in our short lifetimes. It’s worth taking a look at what has happened in the realms of politics, finance and global economy this year, in order to understand the repercussions these events will have in the coming year, 2017. These events may also impact the rest of our lives. The election of Donald Trump in the United States, on 9th November, was a triumph for the alt-right. His rancorous campaign went against every diplomatic…

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The US and Russia in the Trump ‘era’: How might Trump’s election victory affect US-Russian relations, and what might this mean for the rest of the world? Comment Politics & Current Affairs 

The US and Russia in the Trump ‘era’: How might Trump’s election victory affect US-Russian relations, and what might this mean for the rest of the world?

The 2016 US presidential elections were unprecedented not only in their lack of focus on concrete policy ideas, but also on the level of Russian interest, and even perhaps involvement. During the election campaigns, accusations emerged from the Democrats that Russian hackers had carried out attacks against US political organisations to interfere with the election. Indeed, the hacked emails released by WikiLeaks are purported to have come from Russian sources. With this in mind, it should be considered how the election of soon-to-be ‘President Trump’ might affect relations between the…

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