Brexit... Or Maybe Not Quite!

J.N. Paquet | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
J.N. Paquet

"... at twenty minutes to five, we can now say that the decision taken in 1975 by this country to join the common market has been reversed by this ref...

How to Make Lemonade From a Leave Lemon

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

Yes, the EU's officials might refuse to negotiate, but that remains to be seen. It's the member states who are in charge within the EU. We're still a member of the EU until we choose to walk away. It's time to hustle. Who dares, wins.

England, What Have You Done?

Marie Maurer | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Marie Maurer

I didn't take this seriously enough. I didn't think for a moment, we would leave. And we haven't left, yet. But more than half of us want to. I wa...

Keep Quiet and Carry On: The EU

Chris R Wright | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Chris R Wright

You are not wrong for holding a legitimately cultivated opinion, and you are not bad for saying so, or changing your mind. But together we must stop allowing a fear of offense to legitimise folly. As long as ignorance is bliss, the opposite is also true.

I Voted Leave, I'm Scared, And I Don't Know What Brexit Looks Like - But At Least We're Going in the Right Direction

Georgina Edwards | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

I'm not going to claim we're out of the woods yet; there's a long way to go till the fruits of independence are laid bare. For starters, we're certainly not going to be spending that phantom £350million anytime soon (if it even proves to exist). But seeing people write off a historic opportunity on the basis of one day's events is absolutely crackers.

Brexit Is an Ugly Wake-up Call - But Bremainers Can't Lose Their Passion Now

Elizabeth Sharma | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Politics
Elizabeth Sharma

Yes, we lost, by a ludicrously slim margin, but our only (likely) choice is to move forward. Perhaps we needed to experience the gut-punch of having something we believe in and rely so heavily taken away from us, to understand how those in the forgotten corners of our country felt when they voted us out.

The UK's Xenophobia Problem

Julian Vigo | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

The irony is that whatever this vote results for those of us in the UK, the meanings for those who have been "welcomed," in theory, to this country, know that deep down nothing will change until the domestic problems are addressed in the framework of their occurrence, without bringing into the discussion or even mentioning the liminal space that immigrants hold in society as they hammer out their work daily, only to realise that they are most unwelcome in this new country which they call home.

Green Transport in the Age Crisis

Julian Vigo | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Tech
Julian Vigo

Hydrogen fuel cell automobiles have been slow to make it from testing to the retail market with heated disagreements as to fuel cell sustainability as...

Brexit or Remain? As a Parent, I Know How I'll Be Voting

Shumailla Dar | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents
Shumailla Dar

As a mother of two and a long-time public servant I have real concerns about the pressures being placed on public services in this country; with growing class sizes, the lack of places at good schools, and excruciatingly long waiting times at my local doctor's surgery and A&E, I'm frustrated by the increased strain being placed on our services in this country as a whole. But I've remained mostly on the fence.

Cucumbers? Blame the UN

Christian Friis Bach | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Christian Friis Bach

As the UK referendum on Brexit approaches I feel obliged to stand forward and confess. The European Union is often criticized for dealing with ridiculous things such as the shape of cucumbers: banning the curved ones and imposing straight ones on farmers and consumers alike.

A Vote for Leave Is Not a Vote for Democracy

Matty Edwards | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

The EU may not be perfect, but it is by no means as undemocratic and dominated by the commission as Leave campaigners argue. Voting to leave the EU is not a vote for democracy, because just like the EU, the UK political system is certainly not completely democratic.

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.

Brexit Would Be a Victory for Racists

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

As the date of the EU referendum vote draws closer and closer, polls are worryingly beginning to show the Brexit campaign stretching out in front. But do we truly understand the intentions behind the Leave campaign and the knock-on impacts a Brexit vote will have on our country?

Tired of the EU Referendum? Here's Some Music

Tim Thornton | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Hearing a few decent tunes never fails to calm me down, keep me sane, reassure me that - in the words of The Killers - everything will be all right. So I made a playlist. Each tune on the playlist is from a different EU country.

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.

China Is Today's Goliath, And It Needs the Courage of David to Stand Up to It

Benedict Rogers | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

China's belligerence is making it look increasingly like the Old Testament warrior Goliath, not only in its size and power, but in its attitude to the rest of the world. But there the parallel ends, because among the international community - governments, corporations, international institutions - no David has yet appeared. On the contrary, the Goliath that is China today is holding everyone else to ransom.

Legal Debates on Decryption and "Contents of the Mind"

Julian Vigo | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

On 25 February, Magistrate Alicia G Rosenburg signed the first ever seizure warrant for a fingerprint to unlock the iPhone of Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan in ...

Racism in Sentencing From Stanford to London

Julian Vigo | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

Nostradamus is reputed to have foretold the atrocities of Hitler, the atomic bomb, the even the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.  But reading throu...

EU: In or Out? None of Us Have a Bloody Clue - But Let's Not Lose Friends Over It

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Laura Tenison MBE

Please let's stay friends on this - I know I've been teasing the leavers, but it's done in jest. I do love a good-natured vicious argument but I will be the first to kiss and make up once the vote is counted. May the best camp win. The subject is now closed.

Who's Really To Blame?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jethro Shirley-Smith

Immigration, immigration, immigration. That's what we hear; that's one of the main battlegrounds of the upcoming EU referendum. It's everywhere: "They're stealing our jobs! They're pilfering our benefits! They're destroying our national identity." Damn those immigrants. Nothing but trouble.

Rain Has 'Saved France'

Stephen Clarke | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Stephen Clarke

I was having a drink with a Socialist the other night (it's something that can easily happen in Paris), and naturally we got on to the subject of wate...

Going Back to Uni - A Road Less Travelled

Becky Barnes | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Barnes

At the back of my mind I had always felt disappointed that I had never finished university. I was an intelligent woman who had drifted in and out of a succession of less than inspiring jobs and I always felt I was capable of so much more, but I didn't know what.

Stick Figures - The Danger of Playing the Numbers Game With Trees

Matt Daw | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Matt Daw

What's the difference between a tree and a tree? Potentially a lot. Let me illustrate. Meet Greta*. Greta is a Beech tree nestled in a patch of woodl...

Students Fight for Veggie and Vegan Options at University

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

2016 is the biggest ever year for vegans, with brands such as Quorn releasing egg-free products, Guinness planning to create a vegan beer, and Ben & Jerry's announcing dairy-free ice creams. Universities are generally known as places that advocate this sort of forward thinking and embrace positive change. Why then do so many British universities seem so behind on providing vegetarian and vegan options in their student unions?

Star Academy: Hague, Jolie, and the LSE

Julian Vigo | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

As a scholar with years of teaching experience plus research, public lectures, grants, as well as a body of academic publications to show for my years...