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High Courts have made their decision, but what does this mean for Brexit? Politics & Current Affairs 

High Courts have made their decision, but what does this mean for Brexit?

The foundations of our countries constitution were adamantly defended last week when a High Court decisions ruled that Theresa May does not have the authority, or prerogative, to implement Article 50 without Parliamentary approval. The decision comes at a time of great economic and political uncertainty within the EU, which is facing increasing challenges to its major banks and trading relations. This petition to the High Court was first put forward by businesswoman and Philanthropist, Gina Miller. Throughout her campaign Ms Miller was adamant such actions were not an attempt…

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Calais ‘Jungle’: Are comparisons with Nazi Germany justified? Comment 

Calais ‘Jungle’: Are comparisons with Nazi Germany justified?

A week after the controversial clearance of the so-called Calais ‘jungle’ began, the final 1,500 refugee children have been moved from the camp this morning. With this demolition, our attention has once again been drawn to the ongoing migrant crisis and yet another comparison to Nazi Germany has been made. Last week, Clare Moseley, founder of the charity Care4Calais, became the latest addition to the growing list of those who have drawn the comparison between Jewish victims of the Holocaust and twenty-first century refugees. Indeed, her comment that “the way…

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“It’s really no surprise more young women are suffering from PTSD and mental health issues” Comment 

“It’s really no surprise more young women are suffering from PTSD and mental health issues”

Recent NHS reports have revealed that psychiatric disorders amongst women have spiked over the last 7 years, widening the gender gap. Despite the survey revealing many positives, it remains that more and more people are feeling the pressures of the current neoliberal society in which we live. This rise in mental health problems really shouldn’t be a surprise to us. We live in a society that promotes competition and celebrates traits of selfishness and ruthlessness. When we fail today, it is seen as our fault. We clearly didn’t work hard…

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Grammar Schools Vs Comprehensives: Half a loaf of bread or no bread at all Politics & Current Affairs 

Grammar Schools Vs Comprehensives: Half a loaf of bread or no bread at all

Recently, Theresa May has unveiled plans to build some new Grammar Schools. I will not beat about the bush, I am very glad to see this development. Allow me to offer some backstory. Prior to the 1965, British state education ran on academically selective lines. At the age of 11, children would take a test – the ‘Eleven Plus’. Those who passed the test would go to a Grammar School, those who didn’t would go to a Secondary Modern. About 20% of students were selected to attend Grammar Schools. From…

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International Women’s Week Series: The Changing Face of Identity Politics & Current Affairs 

International Women’s Week Series: The Changing Face of Identity

For today’s post, I want to consider relatively recent developments of the feminist movements and the impact that this has had, not only on individuals, but also the masses. For this, you will have to forgive me, but a quick history lesson is required. The 1970’s saw a return of feminism in a way which it had not been witnessed before. The focus was no longer just on public sphere, political aims. Now women, from all walks of life, were becoming unified in a fight which politicized the private sphere…

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International Women’s Week Series: Changing the World, one tweet at a time Politics & Current Affairs 

International Women’s Week Series: Changing the World, one tweet at a time

Today is the second installment of this weeks ‘International Women’s Week’ series and I have decided, rather than look at the history of feminist issues as I did before, to look at the future and the incredible inspirational youth of today. My main focus is how the use of social media is providing a platform for so many young people to become engaged and discuss massively important issues. For those of you who haven’t heard of the name Alexis Isabel Moncada (perhaps better known by her twitter handle @lexi4prez), I…

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Day Two of the Campaigns… Politics & Current Affairs 

Day Two of the Campaigns…

It’s day two of the SU Officer candidates campaigning week. Despite lasts night downpour wrecking the somewhat controversial cardboard signs, the candidates have remained positive and their campaigns are going strong, with candidates faces appearing all over leaflets on campus (mainly outside the library, it must be said). I had a chance to speak to some of the candidates today, who were waiting outside of my lecture to deliver a shout out. As history students, according to the polls from last year’s elections, we are the most likely to vote…

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