UK Debate

Presidential Debates Ignore The American People

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

The three debates reflected a microcosm of American media - frame a narrow spectrum to them all their lives, and people will rarely think outside of it. Ask yourself this, especially if you will vote on November 8th - does America need a new brand of alt right nationalism? A rise in anger towards the immigrants who only work to benefit the countries that house them? Or does it need more of the same? More flawed foreign policy, more bowing to the corporate and banking worlds?

The Squib That Fizzled

Nick Abbot | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nick Abbot

If ever a fight did not live up to it's hype, it was this one. The build-up was extraordinary. The Donald sought to take charge of the accusations of misogyny that had been levelled at him all week by holding an extraordinary and unexpected press conference with four women who presumably had a tale to tell of their treatment at the hands of Bill Clinton.

Clinton May Have Won The Debate, But Trump's Message Will Resonate Powerfully With Voters

Duncan Kenyon | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
Duncan Kenyon

Most viewers would agree Clinton won the first Presidential debate. She was calm, relaxed and presidential compared to an abusive and abrasive Trump. CNN suggests 62% of viewers believe she won the debate compared to 27% for Trump. However, as polling day looms it will be his debate that people talk about, not Clinton's. Trumps tactics are sound.

How Frustrated Young People Can Become Involved With Politics

John Reynolds | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
John Reynolds

At the EU referendum, around 75% of 18-24 year-olds voted to remain in the EU, and possibly even a higher number of 16-17 year olds would have too. Why are we not getting our voices heard? More young people should become involved, which would force the politicians to consider our views when making decisions.

Speak Up: Where's the Diversity in the EU Referendum Debate?

Kate Delaney | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Delaney

There's more to the world than Facebook comments of course, but there's also so many voices not being heard too. And if you don't speak out, then you won't get listened too, continuing the cycle of decisions made by and for white men.

If We Leave Europe, It Will Be Young People Who Suffer the Most

Jack Colyer | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Colyer

The fact is, I need the EU to keep my government in check, I need the EU to control the financial sector that is tearing Britain into unequal chunks of extreme wealth and poverty, but most of all, I need the EU so the British government does not continue to benefit for my generations political apathy, implementing laws that take advantage of our alienation.

The Known, The Strange and The New

Hilary Lawson | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hilary Lawson

It was in 1900 that Lord Kelvin, renowned British scientist and the toast of the establishment, addressed a group of physicists at the British Associa...

Telegraph Suggests Brighton Should Leave UK, Brighton Already in Progress

Liam Evans | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK
Liam Evans

In Monday's opinion piece for The Telegraph, one self-assured pundit claimed that 'perhaps Brighton should hold its own referendum, on independence fr...


Andre Haylock | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Andre Haylock

On behalf of all students, I would like to thank the College for organising this fun-filled event and getting more people aware and involved, and after only using the word 'catalyst' four times in this post, I sincerely hope you still get the picture.

The Homophobic Jehovah's Witness Video Teaches Us Lessons in Parenting and Pluralism

Robert Sharp | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Robert Sharp

The Jehovah's Witnesses are going viral. Social media users have discovered 'One Man One Woman', a short animation about same-sex marriage. In the...

An Open Letter to Safe Space Occupants at University

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

Just what were you thinking? Did anybody warn you about the dangers of attending university in Britain? Did you, even for a moment, stop to consider whether life at home or a job at your local Subway would protect you from the whirlwind of intellectual adventure, hellhole of differing opinion and carousel of aggressive debate that make university so worthwhile?

Facebook Is No Place for Sophisticated Debate

Jack Harvey | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Harvey

Another 'feminism'-inspired social media debate is brewing at my university and, once again, you'll find me with my head in my hands. I didn't participate in the previous debate and I don't plan to change my ways in the new one. It's quite likely that this week's new debate will resemble last term's debate, in both nature and in quality.

Can Safe Spaces and Academia Co-exist?

Bradley Allsop | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

There is an important yet depressingly polarised debate raging across university campuses on both sides of the Atlantic at the moment. It concerns a plethora of policies ranging from no-platforming certain groups and speakers, banning certain university societies, demanding trigger warnings for a range of issues in lectures and in general extending the philosophy of safe spaces and the reverence of personal feelings into general university life.

My Sincere Advice to the "Mawlid Debaters"

Dilly Hussain | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Over the past couple of weeks, social media has been inundated with controversial videos and statuses from two groups of Muslims on the permissibility...

#HerVoice Panel Lead Debate on Gender-Based Violence

Tristen Lee | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Tristen Lee

Earlier this month, Snehalaya UK joined forces with British journalist and campaigner Jenn Selby to launch #HerVoice: an initiative which aims to abol...

The Dawn of a New Union?

Charlotte Chorley | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Chorley

Is the Union running out of 'interesting' speakers? Or are they so preoccupied by the tired narrative Assange offers that they are turning back on their promise to update their structure and their substance?

Should We Be Having Babies at 20? Lessons From the Past

Leah Astbury | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Leah Astbury

Babies. The constant stream of news stories about when we're having them, why we're not and the technologies available that can help us obtain them, seems testament to how all consumed we are with the issue of fertility in 2015...

No Facebook, There Is Nothing 'Overtly Sexual' About Breast Cancer

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Tech
Sophia Hyatt

A warm welcome to the modern world - or if you prefer, the more anal one, in which the likes of Praxiteles would most likely commit suicide in. It is ...

First Democratic Debate Tonight Answers the Question - Is Hillary a Human?

Erich McElroy | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Comedy
Erich McElroy

Even if she manages to check all her luggage Hillary Clinton has the additional burden of proving she is an Actual Human Being. Fairly or not she comes across as an overprotective, secretive, control freak. And in a constant media bubble perception matters. In polls people do see her as experienced, intelligent and super hot (I think she is) but not truthful or relatable.

Some Thoughts on Encouraging Reflective Self-Critique for Human Rights Activists & Advocates and Seekers of Social Justice

Noam Schimmel | Posted 17.09.2016 | UK
Noam Schimmel

I find myself asking these questions and being concerned with the issues they raise in relation to my human rights advocacy and social change efforts and those of others.

There's No Such Thing as Debate in the European Parliament

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

How many MEPs, I wonder, have even failed to spot what is staring us in the face on a daily basis: that there is no such thing as debate in the European Parliament?

Detention Debate: It's Time for a Time Limit

Miriam Steiner | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Steiner

Yesterday, 10th September 2015, Parliament sat down to debate detention for asylum seekers and refugees. Impassioned pleas were made by over 25 MPs, ...

Religious Docs: Who Needs Them?

Lucy Wilson | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Wilson

If more people are going to see films like 'A Sinner in Mecca' then we need the world of religious documentaries to evolve. So is there a potential for religious documentaries to go online? Yes!

Not Your Stereotypical Ukip Member

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

I'm writing this article on May 25th, one year to the day from the announcement of the election result, when I was elected as UKIP's first ever North East Member of the European Parliament. Given the criticism from many people about UKIP's work in the European Parliament, I thought I'd write about what I actually do.

This House Regrets Organised Religion

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

enying people the right of association based on an ideological factor, among other things, sets a dangerous precedent. To conclude, I do regret various factors connected with organised religion, but that does not mean that the very principle of it is regrettable.