UK Opinion

Since When Did We Allow News To Be Supplanted By Commentary?

Daniel Singleton | Posted 17.10.2017 | UK
Daniel Singleton

I'm fed up with commentary and opinion masquerading as fact and news! This happens when those who are supposedly 'reporters or correspondents' have be...

Let's Talk About Jeremy Corbyn

Molly Thompson | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Molly Thompson

I was completely and shamefully unaware of the man before the labour leadership elections in 2016. I distinctly remember me and my brother who hilariously is actually the biggest Corbynite ever now, saying 'who is that old man?' We were completely unaware of the history of his social activism and work as a member of the Labour Party.

Why Icons Such As Skepta And Stormzy Are More Important Than They Appear

Imoh Ekpo | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Imoh Ekpo

Courtesy of Skepta and Stormzy, being independent is now seen as the new blueprint for success. I feel the best thing one can inspire in another is hope. Hope that things will get better, hope that if you work hard enough you will get there one day and Stormzy and Skepta do just that. For me they are more than just rappers, they are beacons of hope.

Are Beards Going Out Of Fashion

Kieran MacRae | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Style
Kieran MacRae

As a man who only managed to grow a beard in the last couple of years, it pains me to hear that beards are going out of fashion. I've only just got mine!

The Crying Baby

Diana Nortey | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Parents
Diana Nortey

It's something he does with me at home as well. So what I do is leave him to cry it out. The amount of dirty looks I received on the bus was unbelievable. I actually had a man approach me and tell me that my child is crying and that I should pick him up.

The Unkind Chord Of An Umbilical Cord

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents
Alex Muller-Nicholson

It's an umbilical cord - it nourished and connected baby to mother for nine months. Without it there would be no baby - it is a miraculous part of our human engineering and so why does it provoke a reaction of such disgust? Rochelle is proud of hers - so why does her decision to preserve it warrant such discussion?

Please - Stop Saying You're Rubbish At Art

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Parents
Alex Muller-Nicholson

I've said for a long time that art is one of the most underused tools when it comes to teaching, for many reasons. The main one being, I feel, a lack of confidence from a teaching perspective - but I genuinely believe that the benefits outweigh the hangups we adults often have.

My Daughter Will Never Disappoint Me

Maddy Matthews | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

From a young age we all grow to fear our parents uttering those soul-crushing words - "I'm not angry. I'm just disappointed". Our parents could shout at us for hours on end and nothing would compare to the intolerable, sick-to-the-stomach feeling of knowing that they are disappointed in us. Even as an adult, we dread hearing those words.

Teaching At Crisis Point

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Alex Muller-Nicholson

To feel that what you're doing each day for your pupils 'doesn't count' is arguably one of the most devastating things that a teacher has to carry home with them at night. Far heavier than the 60 literacy and numeracy books you've rammed into your bags for life that evening, and its a weight that cripples you with each passing day.

Random Acts Of Kindness Day, Or Week, Or Whatever...No Thanks

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Muller-Nicholson

Having an allotted window in which we're meant to up our kindness efforts only makes us look at ourselves in a negative light and consider that we're 'not kind enough' already. It might not be said out loud, but it's implied. Surely we don't need another thing to criticise ourselves for?

Why You Need To Be Painting With Your Child

Alex Muller-Nicholson | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
Alex Muller-Nicholson

That's the key thing about painting. It's learning. The two are inextricably linked, for children especially. Art-based activities help young minds to make sense of the world around them. They explore ideas by making shapes with tools.

Smokescreens And Stagecraft - Boris' Johnson's Latest Political Gaffe

Lorna Acqua | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Politics
Lorna Acqua

Theresa May will be left to 'dependably get on with the job at hand' free from considered objections and legitimate concerns to decisions that will affect us all. Our futures are being gambled on with little more than a cursory look and we will have only ourselves to blame if we are left with rubble after the smokescreen clears.


Viola Helen | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Viola Helen

It took one question on one of those standard, typical Oxford nights out at the sweaty, overly-packed club that is Bridge. One question to make me recognise and acknowledge that this is what is missing in my life. And this is what will always be missing.

The Kardashians Vs The Queen - What Is An Icon?

Rachel Fernie | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Fernie

Being an icon is about breaking boundaries and changing mass perceptions through actions and achievements. Surely it is insulting to scientists and medical pioneers to call Kim Kardashian an icon, when they are inventing, developing and saving lives on a daily basis.

How To Respond To Art You Don't Like

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Art is an essential part of our lives. Every person has their own complex opinions on it. In my experience, learning to react to it in a mature, nuanced way can have a powerful impact on how you interact with the world. Dislike is an underrated, yet crucial part of developing a sophisticated perspective.

Mental Health, A Modern Concern?

Lucy Fisk | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Fisk

So why then do so many of us still seem to be suffering? What is it about the world we live in today that causes so much stress that so many of us are depressed, suffering with anxiety issues, personality disorders, eating disorders, sleep disorders and a number of other issues all involving our mental health.

My £5 Note Problem

Afton McKeith | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Afton McKeith

Due to the outcry against the new British animal fat £5 note, some shops have been refusing the note as tender. Reports show that customers even deny it for change. Perfect Solution: Reprint the new British £5 note with pumpkin seed oil.

Speaking Out: When Did We Lose The Confidence To Raise Our Hands?

Jen Smith | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK
Jen Smith

When I was first asked to write this blog I went through a number of emotions. They ranged from insecurity (what do I have to say that's important enough?) to self doubt (what if the things I say are wrong?) to fear (what if people disagree with me?)

Melania And Feminism - What It Means for Our Daughters

Prudence Clarke | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Politics
Prudence Clarke

What can be done? How can feminism possibly move forward when faced with this new world order? It needs strong women to stand up and speak up. It needs mothers and fathers to tell their daughters that this is not okay...

Why 2016 Is The Year To Teach Kids About Democracy

Claire Quansah | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Claire Quansah

So whilst we wait to witness the clear up of the mess that is 2016 and ask ourselves if all this stuff really happened, let's not forget to remind our children, democracy is good and that their one vote is always better than no vote at all.

Why Newspapers Are Wrong To Get Rid Of Photographers

Maz Deo | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK
Maz Deo

It was a fairly easy job for the chief photographer of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Rowland Hobson was standing in the city centre, taking a pi...

We Need to Talk About Consent

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Farrington-Smith

Consent is as simple as saying yes or no. It doesn't matter if you are single, because that doesn't mean yes. It doesn't matter if you accept a drink, because that doesn't mean yes. It doesn't matter if you smile at someone, because that doesn't mean yes.

Show Me the Unity - What Next for Hopeful Brits After Brexit?

Ella Kemp | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK Politics
Ella Kemp

I don't want to have to go back to France, however lucky I am told to be to have that option. I don't want to apply for a different passport, I don't want to heckle Leave supporters as they walk the streets. I don't want to hate, I don't want to be divided anymore. I want to understand. I want to understand where the unity is, I want to be shown that this is the right answer. I'm listening. I'm waiting.

To the Young People of Great Britain: I Hereby Tender My Resignation

Caitlin Doherty | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Caitlin Doherty

In the last week, a proportion of the young people of Great Britain have demonstrated an intense arrogance and apathy, and have scapegoated the consequences of those actions on to those who are relatively blameless - whose fault was to voice their opinion that was different from ours. I hope that you understand that this is an ideology with which I no longer wish to be associated and that you can respect the difficult decision of my departure. Kind regards.....

A Letter From the Other Side: What It's Like to Be Part of the 48%

Sophie Pope | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

I am proud to be part of the 48.2%. I am proud to stand up for what I believe in, and I'm proud to be part of an age demographic in which the majority voted Remain. I am passionate enough to fight the opinions of those who don't agree with me, and to hope for more than what we have been left with in 2016. I believe in the EU, and I believe we can choose to overcome. This is what it's like in the 48.2%.