Bursary or Bust: Why we need to stand with student nurses

According to the Nursing Times, the NHS is on the verge of a chronic nursing shortage. The government response to this is to cut bursaries for student nurses, and replace them with loans. This move is petty and inappropriate, and will have detrimental effects on student nurses, the NHS and the general population. Once again… Read More Bursary or Bust: Why we need to stand with student nurses

Why the UK needs to enter 2016 with more humility and compassion

It has been announced that Sacha Baron Cohen and his partner, Isla Fisher are donating £670,000 to help Syrian refugees caught up in the current crisis. It has been widely reported that half of this money will go to Save the Children to pay for measles vaccinations for children in northern Syria. The other half… Read More Why the UK needs to enter 2016 with more humility and compassion

Working harder won’t make up for benefit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith

When the government announced they would be making significant cuts to tax credits, ministers were eager to assert that hard-working families would not be negatively impacted. It was one of those cases, where even people who remain eternally optimistic about politics (approximately four people) were just not quite buying the line. Criticisms of the cuts weren’t… Read More Working harder won’t make up for benefit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith

Five illogical right-wing misconceptions about refugees, ISIS and Islam

At times like this, when so many individuals have used the rise of ISIS to be racist, Islamophobic and xenophobic, it’s important to remind them of the facts. Here are some of the main misconceptions about refugees, ISIS and Islam from the right-wing of the political spectrum that I have come across, and the reality… Read More Five illogical right-wing misconceptions about refugees, ISIS and Islam

The sobering reality of the ‘green’ Tory Government

Voices from around the world have reached a general consensus that COP21 is a pivotal turning point for a world on the precipice of irreversible, catastrophic damage that would force future generations into living in ways inconceivable to us in 2015. As negotiators from no less than 196 countries argue amongst themselves to forge an… Read More The sobering reality of the ‘green’ Tory Government

The real reason the government will not allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in the EU referendum

The conflict between the two chambers in Westminster continued last month when the Lords backed plans to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in the upcoming EU referendum. The support from the Lords was welcomed by many who saw it as an opportunity to increase political engagement among teenagers. As a 17-year-old myself who will be… Read More The real reason the government will not allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in the EU referendum

How should we react in light of the vote to bomb Syria?

Inevitably, after Wednesday’s vote in the House of Commons, feelings of frustration and anger have come to the fore. It is hard to understand the logic or, more importantly, the humanity behind the air strikes that David Cameron and his friends have so adamantly argued for and achieved. Anybody with some semblance of empathy and… Read More How should we react in light of the vote to bomb Syria?