These campaigners did what they did because they knew it was right - not because they were being paid. We all have a right to speak our minds. This doesn't mean anyone is obliged to subsidise our opinions, or finance the dissemination of our views.
If you ask me to write another one of these in 10 years time hopefully there will be loads more interviews, shows and people to tell you about. This year I've also taken over from Bill Turnbull on BBC Breakfast so who knows where that will take me? Hopefully not too far away from the FA cup.
So politicians tell lies in order to win votes. Who knew? But in the age of social media, when more people read fake news stories -- stories that have been deliberately invented in order to mislead people -- than real stories, the lies have more power than ever before. Sure, they may well reflect real fears and real anger, but they are still lies.
The current state of film education has been on my mind. I am launching a film studies course in January, based at London's historic Phoenix cinema an...
This remains a recurrent problem for Europe. We'll undoubtedly see this combination of bad timing, aid fatigue and an empathy gap rear its ugly head the next time disaster strikes in the developing world. The age-old blame game between journalists and readers cannot continue in this vein and Europeans must proactively step outside of the bubble. If not, we risk losing our sense of humanity altogether.
Yes, the ideas advocated by Milo do nothing to further human welfare and prosperity, and yes, these ideas should be stamped out. But the way to stamp them out is not through forcefully banning them, but rather through confident and articulate debate, and I am confident that in a Q&A session in which Milo is faced not by young men who think he is a hero, or young women who think he is a monster, but by students who are willing to challenge the essence of his ideas; he would have been unpleasantly surprised.
We have to demand more of our media, and more of ourselves. We cannot just passively build our world view from entertaining and shocking stories. We must read widely, discuss loudly and hold those that lie to account.
I'm not saying that City's Student Union doesn't have a responsibility to oppose "fascism and social divisiveness in the UK media", it absolutely does. We all do. But what we must do is debate. We must try to understand each other. We must not silence any one voice in the hopes that it'll go away if we ignore it long enough.
If you've been fortunate enough to miss the story, here's a quick recap: Wayne Rooney went out and got drunk. That's it. Seriously, that's it. There was no 'on the eve of a match' angle, he didn't do anything illegal, he didn't get frisky with anyone, he just... got drunk. A week before his next match.
Most of all, we must realize the future does not necessarily belong to the right. But increased popular engagement - not just sharing Facebook posts - is needed: this is an age of political realignment, and one must stand up and be counted.
Slowly but surely social purpose has started to become an increasingly common topic of conversation in the boardroom. Consumers are demanding more fr...
The defining characteristics of Elites have traditionally been threefold. The first is their institutionalised access to information. The second, their exercise of influence. Thirdly, they controlled opinion and expertise in the public sphere.
Brexit need not be a failure for the UK. Brexit need not open the door to corruption. But if attacks on key institutions are allowed to go un-checked by those in power, the future could be a lot worse for the people of Britain. We have already had the Governor of the Bank of England cast as one enemy of the people. Now our senior judges. Who next, and with what consequences? This sad episode should act as a warning.
When British gymnast Louis Smith was seen mocking Islam in a video, he was sent death threats by those who took offence at his behaviour. When he made...
This is not about whether Article 50 should be triggered. It is about when and how it happens. As Keir Starmer, Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary said recently, it's not about the 52% who voted Leave or the 48% who voted Remain. It's about the 100% who will be affected by the actions the Government takes - or does not take - from now on.
Earlier this month, The Daily Mail reported that Jon Holmes had been 'sacked' from the Now Show because he was 'a white man'. He has since come out an...