A call for a Tenants’ Movement

Housing is one of the defining issues of our generation. Not only have sub-prime mortgages triggered a financial crisis that has led to high unemployment and austerity measures, but it’s also becoming more difficult to find a decent and affordable place to live. With social housing in short supply, and many people priced out of [...]

The real silent majority

NUS conference is coming up. Motions are being; drafted, circulated, proposed and seconded all the across the country. However, soon many of these excellent motions will fall foul of the loud cries of the representatives of the “silent majority”. Any successful articulation and clear win in a debate by the left in The NUS and [...]

Fuel-quality directive vote today – will the UK government back tar sands?

By Lauren King Fuel-quality directive vote today – UK government ‘green’ or mean? I want to take Mr Baker on a journey this morning before the vote, to a place where he would have to wear a mask over his face to protect him from the fumes, and would see how the rivers and streams [...]

Not Guilty: Bauer bridge protest case collapses

The case against Edd Bauer, Simon Furse, and Daniel Lindley – the student activists accused of traffic offenses after a banner drop – collapsed in court today. Bauer had spent more than a week on remand in Birmingham prison after being arrested for hanging a banner off a bridge during the Liberal Democrat conference in [...]

Cameron’s alcohol initiative will not tackle root problem

By Anna Perkins David Cameron has vowed to tackle the ‘scandal’ of alcohol abuse and public drunkenness that costs the NHS 7.2bn a year by supporting minimum pricing. Very laudable, Dave. But much as I’d like to treat the Prime Minister’s latest attempt at tough-talking with the same contempt which I reserve for the majority [...]

A kinky vegan feminist’s response to the PETA ad

The reaction against allegedly violent imagery in PETA’s latest advert risks oversimplifying real-life sexuality.

Cameron’s wee trip to Edinburgh

Cameron ended his trip to a porridge factory with a wee speech from Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. Shrouded by a carefully chosen view of the castle, he launched, American tourist style, into a lecture on Scottish history. He missed one tale: Just round the corner is Greyfriars Kirk, where the Convananters gathered on 28 February 1638 to [...]

Will England’s inner cities burn again this summer?

by Ryan Bridgwater Angry, young and poor: Youth unemployment in Britain stands at over one million and those who are employed face low pay or even no pay in the case of exploitative internships. The taking away of the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for less well-off students and the tripling of tuition fees effectively puts [...]

Will England’s inner cities burn again this summer?

By Ryan Bridgewater Angry, young and poor: Youth unemployment in Britain stands at over one million and those who are employed face low pay or even no pay in the case of exploitative internships. The taking away of the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for less well-off students and the tripling of tuition fees effectively puts [...]

A Vegan Feminist’s Response To The PETA Ad

  Trigger warning: this post contains references to abusive relationships and sexual violence.     What kind of man injures his girlfriend to the point where she can barely walk, then sends her out to do the shopping? According to PETA, a vegan man. If you haven’t seen their latest ad campaign about the effects [...]

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