I am a postgraduate student at the University of York. I am the former Editor of The Yorker, an independent student media publication run by York students. I am also the Policy Coordinator of the University of York Students' Union. (Note that opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.)
The Conservative Party is unlikely to let Jacob Rees-Mogg near Downing Street. Being someone who can do plenty more than recite tedious soundbites, he doesn't fit in with his seniors' idea of a good MP. But we should still pay attention to why Conservative voters, whether in jest or in sincerity, are turning to him as their next leader. It's a clear sign of how people feel about politics today.
Just as old Labour members and youthful newcomers gathered to cheer on a dedicated response to the maladies of today's capitalism and paint a picture of a brighter future, their voices in mainstream politics will be smothered again. I like to think that, in a few years' time, someone else will come along with the power to fight for a radical alternative, but will they wear the red rose?
The President-elect himself has got cold feet about his own policies, but standing behind him is an army of Republicans rubbing their hands. Trump's own incompetence or reluctance to commit to his own proposals is no reason to think that his presidency won't be as bad as we thought; it's the people around him who will ensure that.
For what seems like an eternity, Donald Trump has been protected by an invisible and seemingly-impenetrable forcefield. The stream of generalisations and slurs that would have ended the campaign of any other politician months ago have become a tedious habit of his, with astonishingly minimal consequences on his capacity to fight for the presidency.
If this is the post-truth era, we should be scared of it. If the post-truth era is upon us, we are living in a world where paranoia is the new rationality and where ignorance brings fame and attention. It is a world where intellectuals and research are cast aside and the capacity to talk on the cheapest level is praised as courageous and honourable; a world where rational thinking and adherence to evidence is unfashionable.
In case you hadn't heard, the National Union of Students (NUS) is in hot water. After accusations of undemocratic behaviour, anti-Semitism from the President and otherwise astonishing politics from a bunch of secretive radical cliques, it faces mutiny from numerous universities, asking their students to vote on whether the individual unions should remain a part of the national body...
Another 'feminism'-inspired social media debate is brewing at my university and, once again, you'll find me with my head in my hands. I didn't participate in the previous debate and I don't plan to change my ways in the new one. It's quite likely that this week's new debate will resemble last term's debate, in both nature and in quality.
Across many universities beside York, from St. Andrews to Chester, university Christian Unions are known for their regular acts of goodwill and their members' enthusiasm. 'Grilling a Christian' is not the first time that the University of York's Christian Union has hosted an atypical event on campus and it won't be the last.
09/02/2016 13:05 GMT
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