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Gregor Smith

Here a journalist, elsewhere a student and comedian at the University of Lincoln

Gregor is currently a first year student of investigative journalism at the University of Lincoln and has contributed to various blogs, but is more famous for tweeting innuendoes at Jesus using his Twitter account @grgrsmth.
The infamous BBC class calculator described Gregor as a working class citizen, and so he hopes that he'll be providing you with an alternative to your average, middle-class, iPad-owning blogger. That said, he tends to write about traditionally middle-class topics: politics, technology, and social justice.
He'd like to go on from university to have a career in investigative journalism, but these sort of things never go to plan, so if you see him busking on the streets in 2016, please throw him a few pennies.

The Feminist Market: The Buying and Selling of Supposed Liberation

What's needed isn't bestselling feminism, or even radical feminism, but an ethical humanism more radical than feminism. A movement that actually demands change of the existing cultures and tries to get every human to act towards it, rather than the sort of change that inspires people to buy a different brand of beauty product.
24/04/2014 12:26 BST

Some Pity for Putin

Good old Vlad is propping up the news again as the shiftiest world leader. Apart from Kim Jong Un. Or Xi Jinping. Or King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Or - who's that bloke who controls the biggest, most notorious 'intelligence' agency in the world? Oh, of course, US President Barack Obama. Or, for that matter, his chum David Cameron...
26/03/2014 14:41 GMT

The Reality of Swearing on Social Media

Recently, I found myself involved as a "Twitter expert" in a "radio debate" about swearing on social media. It went so well that they missed out publishing that week's show podcast and I said "sir" live on air, which while it isn't a swear word, is a feature of my speech that really annoys me that I'm trying to eliminate.
18/03/2014 11:30 GMT

Sporadic Blogging is Better

Those of you who know me and/or like to read my blog frequently will know that, since the start of this year, I've tried to keep this blog updated with a post every week. I felt like producing regular content more frequently would lead to a bigger readership and more relevant writing.
10/03/2014 13:42 GMT

Swallowing Hard Truths: Russia, Britain, and LGBT Rights

It's been proposed that, since it's popular in Russian law, it's not the job of the Western world to change it. This is ridiculous on many levels. Firstly, a human rights violation is a human rights violation, regardless of whether anyone, majority or minority, elite or common, thinks it's a good thing.
19/02/2014 15:19 GMT

BBC Coverage of First World War Will Take 2,500 Hours of Breath From Public

We should reflect on the causes and how to prevent a repeat of the massive, inhumane loss of life that the 'Great War' brought about. We should be doing that regardless of whether the number of years can make the graphics look pretty. But there are so many other conflicts that need documentaries made about them.
12/02/2014 12:25 GMT

Gun Fight at the Ukip Corral

Nigel Farage is frequently described as a "populist" and "man of the people" (although seemingly only by his critics), but last week he did something uncharacteristically un-populist...
31/01/2014 11:16 GMT

Dealing with Internet Hate: Ten Tips

When I wrote last week's blog post, about why antifeminism ought to be viewed in a better light, I expected it to be controversial (although I wrote it because I thought it needed to be said, not because of any desire to 'be controversial'). This led to tweets from people on both sides of the debate... So, whether you're a fellow blogger, a standard Facebook or Twitter user, or even a politician, here are my personal tips for dealing with the anger of the internet.
21/01/2014 11:41 GMT

Feminism Isn't For Men Too - In Fact, It's Not For Women Either

Have you ever read something you think is so outrageously wrong you have to correct it? Well, that feeling overwhelmed me when I read fellow Huffington Post UK blogger Jack Fletcher's post entitled <em>Feminism Is For Men Too</em>. I'm now going to spend the next few hundred words explaining and defending why not agreeing with feminism is not the same as being a misogynist.
14/01/2014 11:22 GMT

Immigration 2: When the State Says Who Is Worthless

Immigration is a difficult topic matter to discuss. Even though most people accept that our economic and political systems would fail if there wasn't a policy to control immigration, many people have many different ideas on where the line should be drawn.
21/11/2013 14:22 GMT