A Time for Tactics: Election 2017

Well much to everyone’s surprise, though on consideration it’s not much of a surprise at all, we have a General Election to look forward too in less than two months.

It was a shock at first but let’s be honest; this is a beautifully clever (and rather underhanded) move on the Conservatives’ part. They have a historic lead in the poles at the moment and a General Election now is likely to gain them the largest Tory majority our parliament has seen since the days of Thatcher. Their main opposition is in shambles and falling apart from infighting. All logic suggests this should be a landslide victory for them, and I fear it probably will be.

But for those of us who consider ourselves anti-Tory, our duty now is to fight. Fight as

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Meninism: The Unnecessary Movement

cw: rape culture

There has lately been a bit of a row at my university. (When I say “my” university, I mean I finished last year but I still hang around campus and the drama society people because I’m sad like that). Anyhow, at my Alma mater, if you will, there was recently a bit of a row over one student’s attempts to start a ‘Men’s Forum’.

At the University there are currently 15 Forums, functioning as semi-political entities within the Student’s Union.  Sports, Societies, Postgrad, Mature Students, Welfare, you get the idea. Four of these forums are the ‘Liberation Forums’ created for protected groups that have suffered historic oppression and marginalisation: Students with Disabilities, BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic), LGBT+, and Women.  These serve to give traditionally underrepresented groups a voice within the political structures of the SU as well as bringing like-minded people together and promoting discussion and enrichment of experience.

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Opinion · Personal

The Ethics of Nazi-Punching

Last Friday saw Donald Trump officially sworn in as President of the United States, and, one assumes, the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. 

Saturday, conversely, saw one the most inspiring collection of demonstrations seen in recent times. The women’s marches across all seven continents, giving a beautiful middle finger to Donald trump and all the assorted bigotry and hatred he represents. I know a few people who took part and, were I not a disaster of a person who can barely summon the strength to get out of bed, I would have been with them. I think the next few years will be a good era for protests, thanks to Black Lives Matter paving the way. 

Another minor event that occurred over the weekend was a prominent Nazi, Richard Spencer,  being punched in the face. 

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