Free speech is certainly the zeitgeist of 2016, with Spiked Online leading a campaign against students' unions. As a staunch supporter of free speech, and the lead representative at LSE Students' Union, we've seen some controversies that have portrayed our approach as hostile, as opposed to welcoming of this as a value.
Brookes ends his article reminding the reader that 'This isn't about 'banning people we don't like, it's about keeping fascists off campus'. This sounds an awful lot like it's about banning people you don't like. Overall, his view is discouraging. The nonsense of safe spaces is becoming exhausting. Students are more than capable of listening to a fascist and defeating their arguments publically. Give students more credit, you're underrating them.
On November 4th, Swansea University Students Union will be travelling to London amongst several other students union across the country to voice our o...
Five months in, we already have a very clear picture of life under a Tory government. It is a gruesome image, but one that we do not have to accept. We can defeat these grossly unfair cuts to tax credits and in so doing expose the fact that austerity is a political choice, not an economic necessity.
Speaking after the election, David Cameron told the nation that his government would be on the side of those 'who work hard.' But six months on a very different story is emerging. And it is the incomes of hard-working families that are to be hit once again. Next April, three million low to middle income households face a savage cut to their incomes - the equivalent in some cases of more than 10% of their take home pay. A contract cleaner recently burst into tears when she realised what the changes meant for her family, and I am sadly not short of other heartbreaking stories.
Over the holidays, many families may have considered a trip to the nation's best loved cultural institutions, amongst which London's National Gallery ...
The tube strike taking place in London has definitely been a big topic of conversation this week, especially today. Many of our simple journeys to work today will be like journeys from hell, the buses will be jam-packed and have us feeling like we are in a tin of sardines. I am not surprised that people will be unhappy with the tube drivers for all the inconvenience they will face.
Power-crazed organisations coercing government to enact policy against the will of the people and subverting democracy - so runs the popular left-wing critique of big corporations in the corrupt, neoliberal world. There's truth to it in places, but it's major failing of many that they feel to see some of the same issues with unions.
With 4 in 10 teachers leaving the profession within their first year there's no denying that UK schools are finding it harder and harder to recruit st...
Tt is clearly no longer acceptable for a few militant trade union leaders to regularly seek to squeeze yet more money out of the hard-pressed London taxpayer and fare payer. London is a great city but its position as a services capital of the world is fragile and dependant on it remaining a convenient place to do business.
The mainstream media has been quick to dust-off the hackneyed cliché of the tanned, well-fed, well-paid train driver holding London to ransom at any opportunity to chisel money out of TfL. To describe the dispute in this way is to do a disservice to readers: fundamentally, it has little to do with the money on offer ...
I am sure that Julie Ward's recollection of her visit to the National Gallery as a teenager is reliable, but she has misunderstood the reasons for the changes we are making. These are determined by our need to maintain free access, to extend the services and improve the education we provide, as well as to generate income and encourage support at a time when the government grant is reduced.
For too long Union leaders have been able to mobilise a militant few to do their bidding, calling strikes on shamefully low levels of support. Now at least the economy will be safe from this kind of manipulation.
Whether it is cutting the top rate of tax for millionaires, scrapping hundreds of sure start centres or introducing the disgraceful bedroom tax, you need little evidence that David Cameron and his government have been no different to Major, Thatcher and Heath before them.
Benefit sanctions and Jeremy Clarkson. What more evidence do we need that Britain in 2015 is the hell of Thatcher's creation? As she lies a-mouldering in her grave, the Iron Lady can take satisfaction in the knowledge that she did her job well.
We have clearly won the argument in this dispute time and time again - including debates in the House of Commons. It is the utter refusal of Cameron's government to listen to the arguments or take account of the evidence which has made this such a long and bitter industrial dispute.