UK Opinion

On Religion and Faith

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

I've written about a whole host of different topics in the past. I've written about marriage, sexuality, success, the future, and a whole host more, but yet I've never discussed religion, despite it continuing to be a large part of our society. I had a conversation with a friend a while back, in which we talked about lots of big issues, eventually getting into religion, which sparked some more of my thoughts on the subject.

Feminism: A Dirty Word? Only in the Eyes of a Dirty Society

Liam Sheasby | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Sheasby

Why is it that Feminism is a word with negative connotations? If you ask the British public whether they are in favour of equality the vast majority will say yes, they definitely are. They will rightly argue that we fought for it in the past and we pursue it in the present for ourselves and future generations. Now ask them if they are a feminist...

Is This the Solution to the Biggest Problem in Football?

Gordon Bryan | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Sport
Gordon Bryan

As the 2014/15 football season comes to an end, my over-riding memory is of something that needs to be got rid of to improve the sport...

Dear Katie Hopkins

Debbie Cleaveley | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Debbie Cleaveley

Some argue that your constant need for publicity through offensive soundbite is simply an act and that you have cast yourself in the role of a grotesque bigoted pantomime dame to feed your desire to be in the public eye and earn money.

A Huge Throbbing Election Is Hard To Hide

Marc Paterson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Marc Paterson

The election is nearly here and you'd have to have been under a rock or wrongfully imprisoned on Death Row for thirty years not to have known this. Fo...

What to Wear to an Interview at Vogue

Isabel Maguire | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Style
Isabel Maguire

When I got the call I exalted. I pranced around my boxy university room in Edinburgh totally joyous (this news also prompted one of the best high-fives I've ever received, but I digress). As I sank down into my spinny chair trying to stop shaking so that I may return to critically analysing Chaucer, a thought struck me; what the hell do I wear?

Being a Man Is...

Dan Hughes | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Hughes

What makes a man? That's probably a question every man has asked themselves at least once or twice. According to the many Hollywood action blockbusters that have graced the silver screen in recent decades, it's your typical testosterone filled alpha male with bulging biceps, bundles of bravado and colossal ego to match.

I Quite Enjoyed Frieze 2014!

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

I am feeling slightly sheepish about my previous post. I was griping about the how full on and (implied) uncreative Frieze Art Fair can be. Little did I know that I clearly wasn't the only person who thought that because this years' fair, currently being touted as the 'best Frieze ever' for visitors, was a very different viewing experience.

Why Nationalism Cannot Prevail

Asha Patel | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Politics
Asha Patel

When we separate ourselves, by nation, by religion, by football team even (yes I know that one will stir a few emotions) we are being divisive. It's adversarial in its very nature; an us versus you mentality.

Women, Nice Guys, and Other Human Beings

Lloyd Mallison | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lloyd Mallison

Sex is fantastic, don't get me wrong, but the very reason sex is sought after and enjoyed by so many is because of the exhilaration of self validation that goes along with the knowledge that someone is attracted to you in the same way you are to them... consent is hot. To coerce, force yourself on someone, or drug them just so you can have your way with them is an awful thing for anybody to do.

Seventeen Times Raisin Cookies Were Life Changing

Lloyd Mallison | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Lloyd Mallison

As journalists are finding, fewer and fewer people interested anymore in real journalism. Nowadays, it's damn near impossible to get hits on a print article from the millennial generation unless you call it something along the lines of "12 Schools in the Gaza Strip that Needed a Makeover Anyway."

Victim Shaming and Alcohol Blaming: Rape Culture and Those who Should Know Better

Sophie Pope | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Pope

Here's a controversial thought: Rape happens when an attacker decides to commit it. One in three rape cases occur when the victim has been drinking, and three in three rapes occur when the rapists decide to defile the power of the word 'no'.

'Big Brother' 2014 - Week 7 Recap

Matthew Davies | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

Despite the fact I made my short but sweet return to the house on Tuesday to effectively stir things up within an eventful 60 seconds, this week proved to be a little more interesting than previous since my departure.

Modern Slavery. It's Time to Act.

Emily Campbell | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Campbell

People are being bought and sold... Something of an epidemic, there are alarmingly many more human persons subject to slavery today, right now and in this moment than there ever was during the entire history of the slave trade.

Festival Treason: Why I Won't Be Buying a Ticket This Season

Isabella Smith | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Isabella Smith

It's not that I don't like music. I like music, loads. All different kinds of music. It's not even that I don't like camping. I have voluntarily, repeatedly, slept in a field without a tent in February with the Army Reserve. Festival camping is veritable luxury compared to that. You don't have to poo in a bush. You don't have to eat cold yellow soup of an indeterminate flavour out of a foil bag.

How PR Ruined My Life, and Yours Too, Probably

Katie Beswick | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Beswick

Everything's a marketing opportunity. Our existence is only a chance to prove how brilliant we are, and to congratulate our mates for their brilliance too... The fact is, the more we PR our lives online, the more isolated we become. With every 'Ibiza. Done' status update we move further and further away from meaningful relationships with our families, friends and lovers.

Dear 90s: Your Fashion Was 'Meh'.

Sophia Parsons | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sophia Parsons

When Hadley Freeman, wordsmith at the end of the 'Ask Hadley' series on the Guardian, described the recent comeback of the 90s in fashion as an 'apocalypse', I was expecting to me met with exactly this. I was ready to be put in my place about the 90s hype that has been taking back over our wardrobes. Nope.

Why Does Society Diagnose You as Terminally Single?

Madison Taylor | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Madison Taylor

Why is it, that in our community, we feel that being single is a punishment, undesirable; and basically means you're a hideous leper? This is what I tell my mother constantly, as more than once a week she asks if I am seeing someone.

Make It Stop! The Jolly British Gas Hive Advert Is Destroying My Life

Johnny Dee | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Johnny Dee

There are, I suspect, some adults who will be seduced by this kind of jolly CBeebies singalong advert. Who will merrily have their brain wiped clean of all the bad news stories that have plagued the energy industry and from now on look at British Gas as Brian Cant would Humpty - with fondness and kindness. Aren't they silly and sweet? I'm afraid I am not one of them.

The Syrian Crisis Is Not Over - And Assad Is Winning

James Snell | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Syria has been, by and large, relegated from the front page to the 'World News' sections of quality papers. Politicians no longer mention the fate of that nation and its occupants - and, if they can summon up the courage, they do so in mundane statements, of the sort which bloodlessly assert how truly awful it all is.

An Open Letter to Lily Allen

Isabel Maguire | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Isabel Maguire

Thank you for representing the ideal role model for young women; a strong female who doesn't insist on jutting out her collar bones at every photo opportunity. You say what you think without any qualms and you're able to make fun of yourself.

The Courage to Be Creative

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Creativity is ultimately personal. When being creative, you are making something unique and new. You may have taken inspiration from other sources, but the end product is uniquely your own. Humans are constantly being innovative and inventive, and everyone is capable of this in their own way...

Why The Grand Budapest Hotel Was Only a Three Star Movie

Rob Leane | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rob Leane

Although I know I'm in the minority, I felt that this film needed more gags, better use of supporting characters and less slow-moving hanging around. I couldn't help feeling like Anderson must have been told one too many times that he was a genius, and decided to just follow his instincts rather than filmmaking logic as a result...

Katie Hopkins' Risible Quip About Clutha Vaults Crash Is Fault of Amoral Profit-Driven Media

Michael MacLennan | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK
Michael MacLennan

In the event of somebody such as Katie Hopkins saying something utterly indefensible, it ought to be noted that those organisations funding her career as a defender of outrageous opinion has the option to simply stop. No explanation would even be needed. They could all just stop, if they could take their eye off profit margins and think about their own ethical standpoint.

Why I Need Feminism

Paul M. Davies | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul M. Davies

Feminism shouldn't be a gendered concern. By this I mean that feminism shouldn't be something that only women care about. As a man, I don't profess to need feminism as much as my female friends. I'm not the one being held back because of my gender, or having obscenities thrown at me in the streets...