UK Debate

Parents Don't Believe In Free Speech

Richard Shorter | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Richard Shorter

As the final week of the UK election descends into yet more name calling and 'fake news', all under the patronage of free speech, one group of people is actively seeking to stop this muddy and ugly form of debate: parents! All over the world they are undermining our precious notion of free speech by actively opposing it.

The Need For A Leadership Debate

Beth Gray | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Politics
Beth Gray

Leadership debates should not be optional as they have become something that the electorate both wants and needs in order to make their democratic decision. With the vast percentage of the electorate not being able to watch PMQs each Wednesday, with work and educational commitments inconveniencing viewing ability, a prime-time televised leadership debate is needed and can be expected if the voters are to make an informed decision.

Dads Are Asking For Help, And We Need To Listen

Maddy Matthews | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

There's been a discussion in the media recently about men who develop depression after the birth of their child. The crux of the debate is whether or not this can be called "postnatal depression".

I'm Allowed To Be Me Under The Laws Of The Land, But Why Won't The Church Bosses Accept Me Too?

Jonny Freeman | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Freeman

Next to no changes, acceptances or even considerations have been made in that report. Keep to the status quo, don't change, ignore any concerns and bravery from those who said 'Yes, I'm gay and I love God. So what.'

What Makes Me A Woman

Dr Helen Webberley | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Helen Webberley

One caller asked a question which, as a cisgender woman, I felt unqualified to answer. As such, I reached out to some members of the trans community who, I felt should be offered the opportunity to address the point.

How Not To Decide To Build A New Runway

Dr Peter Paul Catterall | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Peter Paul Catterall

My American students could not believe how long it takes in Britain even to agree on the first step of creating additional runway capacity, which is d...

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 28.06.2017 | 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 16.06.2017 | 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 16.06.2017 | 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 19.05.2017 | 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 18.05.2017 | 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...

#EUNewCollege2016

Andre Haylock | Posted 16.05.2017 | 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 05.05.2017 | 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 07.04.2017 | 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 22.02.2017 | 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 24.01.2017 | 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 17.01.2017 | 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 25.11.2016 | 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.