The Politics and Practicalities of Housing Policy

As of Friday I am officially a graduate of the University of Bristol, which I have mixed emotions about. While I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and excited about the next adventure, I’m also incredibly sad to be leaving Bristol and closing the door on that chapter of my life – it was a pretty good one.

But in the last few weeks, a lot of people have asked me about my dissertation; what was it about? how did you do? did you enjoy writing it?

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Don’t define your degree by how much you earn

For many of us, the end of uni is in sight – all we need to do is get through those last exams, coursework deadlines and lectures, then the world is our oyster.

Or is it?

We’ve all seen the headlines. Students today can expect to have an average of £42,000 of debt by the time they graduate. And for what? Does, as the government repeatedly tells us, a university degree really result in a higher paid, better job afterwards?

Editoral: #StrongerIn

I have some pretty strong views about the EU. In my latest editorial, I went on a little bit of a rant – and had to rearrange page 2 to fit in an extra 400 words. The perks of being the editor, I suppose. 

The date has been set. In four months time, Britain will have the chance to vote on our membership of Europe – should we leave or remain?

If you have a glance through the newspapers, you’d been forgiven for thinking that British membership of the EU was a huge mistake – since the 1990s, the press has been dominated by anti EU stories, blaming domestic problems on the institutions of Europe.

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Epigram Editorial: Go and Vote

Voting is something I feel really strongly about, for a lot of reasons – not least because people died for the right. But in my latest editorial for Epigram, I discuss the issue from a different perspective. 

Lets, for a moment, hark back to 2013, when Russell Brand first argued that voting was effectively pointless in an article in the New Statesman.

‘I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites.’

Pretty passionate stuff – and I don’t completely disagree. Indeed, I’m increasingly sceptical about British politics, especially as it often seems like governments focus on short-term goals which will help them to get re-elected. But, contrary to Brand’s claims, this is exactly why it is so important to vote.

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Love trumps hate

Several words come to mind when I hear the name Donald Trump; none of them complimentary. The man is a spiteful, intolerant fool who, in my opinion, is using the Republican Primary as a platform to spread prejudiced and hateful ideas. I couldn’t dislike the guy more. 

This evening Parliament debated a petition calling for the Republican candidate to be banned from the UK. The petition has gained well over 500,000 signatures since Trump’s (frankly outrageous) comments in early December, suggesting that Muslims should be banned from the US. He claimed that until ‘we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses’ there should be ‘a total and complete shutdown’ of American borders to Muslims.

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Epigram Editorial: Transparency

This week I’m a bit angry…

The front page story this week is about the new green paper the government has issued, outlining proposals for widespread changes to higher education.

Naturally, the suggestion to increase tuition fees for the highest ranking universities in England has gained the most attention; it sets a worrying precedent for fee increases which has the potential to create an elitist, two-tier university system.

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Women in politics: will the 50-50 campaign work?

Bristol bucked the national trend in May when the city elected four female MPs to parliament.

But Bristol City Council doesn’t fare as well in female representation. Just 36 per cent of current councillors are women, while 51 per cent of the city’s residents are female.

The 50-50 campaign aims to change this imbalance. Organised by the Bristol Women’s Commission and launched by the new lord mayor, Clare Campion-Smith, the campaign hopes to see numbers of female councillors rise to 50 per cent during next May’s election.

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