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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George ‘Johnny’ Johnson

So, last week the best thing happened – I met the Last Surviving Dambuster, and it was amazing. Here is the feature myself and Epigram‘s Deputy Editor, Adam, wrote this week:

George ‘Johnny’ Johnson is the last surviving crew member of Operation Chastise, which dropped ‘bouncing bombs’ on German dams in May 1943. The bomb-aiming Dambuster told Adam Becket and Sarah Newey his remarkable story.

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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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Epigram Editorial: Tuition Fees and Safe Space

My first editorial of 2016! I spent a week doing work experience in London, and based my musings this week an article I read while I was there. 

2016 is in full swing now; most of us have broken our New Year’s resolutions, term has began in ernest and, somehow, it’s February (anyone want to explain to me where January went..?)

This week I’ve been fortunate enough to spend some time working as a researcher at The Sunday Times Magazine. This means that, for once, I’ve been able to read the content which is usually hidden behind a pay wall. One of the articles which caught my eye was an opinion piece, in which Katie Glass explains why, in hindsight, she wishes she hadn’t gone to uni.

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Recipe: 5 Veg Lasagne 

My last is exam is on Thursday, and I really cannot wait to be finished. If nothing else, I’m really really looking forward to saying goodbye to Stalin and Western Communism. It’s getting a little depressing, to be honest.

So, to ensure I don’t go completely mad (if I’m not already) I’ve been trying to cook exciting new meals in the evening. BBC Good Food have provided me with lots of inspiration, and this evening I attempted their 5 Veg Lasagne – although I feel like 4 veg would be more appropriate, unless you count tomato sauce as a fifth.

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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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