UK Opinion

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 11.10.2016 | 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 02.08.2016 | 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 13.07.2016 | 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 28.06.2016 | 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 27.06.2016 | 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%.

A No-Brainer EU Referendum Voting Guide to a British Fashionista

Ieva Zu | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Style
Ieva Zu

Politics, sometimes, may seem not entirely related to fashion, but voting in EU Referendum should be an ultimate 'must' to every British fashionista. As strong supporters of borderless talent exchange and European fashion, Fashion Bloc prepared a simple no-brainer guide helping to decide if you should vote #strongerin or #weakerout (no pressure).

Why Should the UK Remain in the EU?

Georgie Harris | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgie Harris

People aged 18-24 are the only age group who are apparently more likely to vote remain than leave, with 53% of those asked saying they are backing remain. This, sadly, is irrelevant however unless young people actually make it to a polling station and vote. This is our future - we need to make sure our voices aren't drowned out.

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.

Why We Will All Be Happier When the Brexit Vote Is Done

Susanna Halonen | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Susanna Halonen

As we await for the Brexit Poll to take place on 23 June, we are living in a miserable state of uncertainty. That's why when the poll takes place and we'll get the final results, we'll all be happier regardless of the outcome.

The Night Tube

Olivia Jones | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Olivia Jones

I wouldn't like to assume what the Night Tube is going to be like but after once speaking to the ticket inspector on the high speed service from St Pancras International to Strood, I understand that the later the service, the more unpleasant the experience. He nick named that service the Vomit Comet, which I think dangerously glamourises it.

Eliminating Gender Defining Dress Codes in the Workplace

Vana C. Koutsomitis | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Vana C. Koutsomitis

Employers should not be imposing dress codes that are sexualised in nature or which force women to wear feminine attire. People should only have a required uniform if it directly relates to their job. For example, a doctor may be required to wear scrubs, or a factory worker could be required to wear certain safety attire.

Female Flatulence - The Biggest Taboo?

Evelyn Rose Worman | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Evelyn Rose Worman

What is it that makes the fairer species cripple at the thought of releasing some intestinal pressure, and that this release may lead to romantic or social repercussions? "It's not that I can't fart in front of him," a friend admits over lunch when I tell her what I plan to write on. "I just know that he finds it unattractive. So I don't."

People's Opinions On Your Mental Health: There's No Need to Hide From the World

Luke Chandley | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Chandley

Sometimes coming from a working class background can making opening up quite tough. My mother and father are excellent, but I do feel like in a household that has a focus on the basic amenities in life, mental health may, unfortunately, get swept under the carpet.

The Problems With Trans Exclusionary Feminism

Natasha Barrett | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Of course trans women have a different experience of womanhood to cisgender women, but excluding them from 'women's' spaces is basically denying the entire existence of their identity. How can you properly exist without being acknowledged as a real person for who you actually are?

Why We Must Ensure The Modern Man is Not London Centric

James David Fox | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James David Fox

Those of us based in London or other major cities are living among the youngest, most affluent populations in the country. Life amongst urbanites has its perks: forward thinking, inventiveness, acceptance, open-mindedness to an evolving moral backdrop - a partisan view, I know.

Deception and Decease: Human Shields In Syria Were Never Just A Deterrent

Sophia Hyatt | Posted 05.11.2016 | UK Politics
Sophia Hyatt

"How can we stop Bashar al-Assad's air strikes on a Damascus suburb?" he inquired. "I know" said one. "We'll booby trap the area with cages containi...

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 ...

On Religion and Faith

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 25.07.2016 | 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 25.06.2016 | 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 24.05.2016 | 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.