26/04/2018
  • Arts & Culture

    Review | Winter Solstice | The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

    “Yet it doesn’t seem to accomplish that here; in fact, it’s a struggle to see what the staging brings to the play other than a few cheap laughs. The cast gamely try to bring their characters to life, and Kirsty Besterman’s Bettina alongside Davin Beames’ Rudolph are particular standouts, skilfully evoking a bitter, wry frustration and an insidious, polite extremism respectively. But the staging is effectively working against them. As the narration describes the house or a character in great detail, all we want to do is see it, to watch it unfold instead of constantly being told what it is. The characters are neither truly believable as individuals or as symbols of some wider concept.” (Read More)

  • Ideas & Discussion

    We want bridges, not walls

    I recently went to the Mouvements Des Jeunes Socialistes biennial convention in Paris; MJS is the youth wing of the French Socialist Party. However, they have held autonomy from the main party for the last (Read More)
  • In the News

    Death by constitutional freedom

    It is no secret that guns are a controversial issue in America, the NRA shoving pro-gun rhetoric-disguised as their “fundamental human right to protect themselves”-down the population’s throat whilst lives are being lost at an (Read More)
  • In the News

    Has the Scottish Government missed its flight?

    “Reducing APD would help combat Scotland’s sluggish economic growth and boost Scotland’s tourism and wider economy. An in-depth report conducted for Edinburgh Airport by York Aviation concluded the benefits of merely halving this tax. If the tax was to be halved it would create up to 4,000 more jobs by 2020. It would have by 2020 added £1 billion extra to the Scottish economy. Instead, because the Scottish Government have acted so slow Scotland won’t see any of these benefits. It will instead see potentially 300 job losses!” (Read More)

  • Politics & Society

    Help to Buy isn’t helping the people who most need it

    “Shortly before the Conservative Party conference in 2013, the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, “talk of a housing bubble to people here in Manchester or Salford, and they would literally laugh in your face”. Just a 40 minute drive away in St Helens, house prices increased by 9.1% between 2012-2014. It is no coincidence that St Helens is one of the top twenty local authority areas where ‘Help-to-Buy’ has been used, according to research by the housing charity Shelter.” (Read More)

In the News

Has the Scottish Government missed its flight?

In the News

“Reducing APD would help combat Scotland’s sluggish economic growth and boost Scotland’s tourism and wider economy. An in-depth report conducted for Edinburgh Airport by York Aviation concluded the benefits of merely halving this tax. If the tax was to be halved it would create up to 4,000 more jobs by 2020. It would have by 2020 added £1 billion extra to the Scottish economy. Instead, because the Scottish Government have acted so slow Scotland won’t see any of these benefits. It will instead see potentially 300 job losses!” (Read More)

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The Tide Pod Challenge: Once More Into The Abyss.

In the News

“The ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ is the latest in a long line of meme-based challenges that have originated on the internet. In this short article, the author discusses the impact of these challenges and how we now live in a post-satire age.” (Read More)

If Nigel Farage is calling for a second referendum, it’s time for a rethink

In the News

‘What even the most devout Brexiteer must admit is that had there been a Remain victory, they would have demanded a consultation on any renegotiated deal for Britain’s EU membership. There would unquestionably be hell to pay had a government bulldozed proposals through that were radically different or had far-reaching implications for original promises. ‘ (Read More)

Arts

  • Arts & Culture

    “Yet it doesn’t seem to accomplish that here; in fact, it’s a struggle to see what the staging brings to the play other than a few cheap laughs. The cast gamely try to bring their characters to life, and Kirsty Besterman’s Bettina alongside Davin Beames’ Rudolph are particular standouts, skilfully evoking a bitter, wry frustration and an insidious, polite extremism respectively. But the staging is effectively working against them. As the narration describes the house or a character in great detail, all we want to do is see it, to watch it unfold instead of constantly being told what it is. The characters are neither truly believable as individuals or as symbols of some wider concept.” (Read More)

History

Politics

  • Ideas & Discussion
    I recently went to the Mouvements Des Jeunes Socialistes biennial convention in Paris; MJS is the youth wing of the French Socialist Party. However, they have held autonomy from the main party for the last (Read More)

world

Has the Scottish Government missed its flight?

In the News

“Reducing APD would help combat Scotland’s sluggish economic growth and boost Scotland’s tourism and wider economy. An in-depth report conducted for Edinburgh Airport by York Aviation concluded the benefits of merely halving this tax. If the tax was to be halved it would create up to 4,000 more jobs by 2020. It would have by 2020 added £1 billion extra to the Scottish economy. Instead, because the Scottish Government have acted so slow Scotland won’t see any of these benefits. It will instead see potentially 300 job losses!” (Read More)

Help to Buy isn’t helping the people who most need it

Politics & Society

“Shortly before the Conservative Party conference in 2013, the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, “talk of a housing bubble to people here in Manchester or Salford, and they would literally laugh in your face”. Just a 40 minute drive away in St Helens, house prices increased by 9.1% between 2012-2014. It is no coincidence that St Helens is one of the top twenty local authority areas where ‘Help-to-Buy’ has been used, according to research by the housing charity Shelter.” (Read More)

Guns will stop the U.S government? Give me a break

Politics & Society

‘In modern times Americans presume that Newton’s third law is still at play. With equal force, comes an equal reaction. If these weapons really are to protect citizens from the government, then by what possible means could they be used to push back with equal force the almighty power of state and federal government. The United States boasts some of the finest weapons and equipment and manpower in the world. How could Americans resist an almighty slaughter, as the provision seems to suggest, from a force of that strength without the population being as equally well-resourced?’ (Read More)


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