Like them or loathe them, Rhodes Must Fall are not “destroying history”

It’s the line that just won’t die.

Although the Rhodes Must Fall campaign has petered out in recent months and it’s leader’s Facebook posts have overtaken the movement in terms of media attention, critics of the movement continue to claim it designed to destroy history.

An Oxford Don has even compared the movement’s desire to remove a statue honouring the father of Apartheid to “Isil’s destruction of Antiquities”.

This could not be further from the truth.

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A message from the much maligned millenials

Millenials get a bad rep.

If you ask most people to picture the Millenial generation, they’d probably think of bearded hipsters frittering away their days in coffee shops, cat video obsessed BuzzFeed addicts, drunk MDMA fuelled students falling out of nightclubs, polyamorous twentysomethings spending their evenings Netflix and chilling.

Self-entitled molly coddled overgrown children who think the world owes them a living – that’s the general impression.

As a card carrying member of the Millenial generation, I can attest that this is patronising nonsense (apart from the bit about the beards). This view of Millenials is made all the more infuriating when it comes from members of Generation X, the most cosseted generation there’s ever been.

I know it’s tough to feel sorry for young people and this all just sounds like a spoiled brat moaning about the grown-ups, but let’s compare Millenials to their parents’ generation to prove Millenials aren’t as overindulged as they’re made out to be. Continue reading “A message from the much maligned millenials”

Why you should fear Theresa May’s Snooper’s Charter

Most of the media attention paid to the Investigatory Powers Bill, otherwise known as the Snooper’s Charter, has focused on whether the government should be able to have access to our personal data.

This is an important debate, but I think most of us already assumed that the government was able to read everything we do online. If GCHQ isn’t doing it, the NSA almost certainly is. We may not like it, but we have just accepted it as a reality of modern life.The Tory mantra of “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”, has hit home with a lot of people, even if it is borrowed from Joseph Goebbels.

But does this mean that the snoopers charter is logical and rational step to protect Britain’s national security? Far from it. In fact, there are many real tangible risks of the government’s plan that are currently going underreported. Continue reading “Why you should fear Theresa May’s Snooper’s Charter”

In defence of Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn is getting a lot wrong at the moment. Even his most passionate defenders would have to admit that. He seems to be on a quest to alienate himself from the media, whose support he will need to have any hope of getting elected. In his quest to appear totally above the mirky world of Westminster politics, he has missed wide open goals and is letting himself be attacked by opponents who aren’t living up to his high minded tactics.

In essence, he doesn’t care what his operation looks like from the outside as long as his inner circle is happy. And that’s his problem – who cares what things look like from the inside?

But, being lenient with him, let’s examine the defences he could be putting up if he were so inclined. Continue reading “In defence of Jeremy Corbyn”

It’s painfully obvious why Corbyn is leading in the polls

Prior to June 2nd, Jeremy Corbyn was an almost unknown political entity. His humanitarian campaigns, like his efforts to free his constituent Andy Tsege from Ethiopian prison I spoke to him about in February, received limited national press coverage. Jump forward two months and Corbynmania has taken hold. Depending on who you ask, Jeremy Corbyn is either the saviour of an austerity hit nation, the man who will single handedly destroy Britain, or a smouldering Clooney-esque sex symbol.

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London’s Hidden Homeless

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The press has made Britiain Eurosceptic

The European Union generally suffers from excessively poor press. The negatives of membership are overstated, whilst the benefits are underreported. This has warped people’s perceptions of the EU and led to an increase in Euroscepticism. Continue reading “The press has made Britiain Eurosceptic”

General Election Live Blog

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Ed Miliband should not promise a referendum on Europe

The sudden rise of UKIP has prompted the three main parties to take tougher stances on a variety of issues, particularly when it comes to the EU. David Cameron has promised a referendum on the European Union in the Conservative Party’s 2015 manifesto. So far, Ed Miliband has resisted doing the same; something for which he has received criticism from sections of the media, the public and from Mr Cameron himself. Continue reading “Ed Miliband should not promise a referendum on Europe”

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