Standing in the square just northwest of the Parliament of Westminster are eleven statues of men. Among those honoured in bronze include pioneers of democracy such as Mahatma Gandhi and human rights revolutionary Nelson Mandela. These men symbolise histories of racial and political struggle, philosophy and innovation and serve as a reminder of the importance of equality and the democratic process. Yet there are no women standing at Parliament Square.
I only ever dipped my toe into the water of student politics. For some it is a serious, passionate conversation, for others it is a vague annoyance you encounter on the way to a morning lecture. With many, I sat somewhere in-between. There is undeniably a problem with student engagement in the running of their campuses. Despite student groups being at the forefront of (usually left-wing) national and international causes – from anti-austerity voices to marches against Trump – there is a consistent lack of interest in the local politics which govern a university itself. Voting turnout for union elections is consistently low and apathy towards bodies such as the National Union of Students is growing. Continue reading “Milo Yiannopoulos, Free Speech and Glasgow University (The Huffington Post UK)”
It markets itself, perhaps earnestly, as the “most watched fashion show in the world” and hosts a line-up of musical entertainment unlike anything seen at fashion week, but the Victoria’s Secret Show does not belong in 2016. Continue reading “The Victoria’s Secret Show Needs to Stop”
There is a shed currently standing at venue 212 of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which invites guests to enter, four at a time, for an hour long read through of The Chilcot Enquiry. ‘Iraq Out Loud’ is a ticketed performance art piece which intends to, as stated in the programme, ‘stage a reading of the Chilcot report. Respectfully, humbly and relentlessly…’ The aim is to have had the entire report read in full, by the public, by the time the festival draws to a close in order to keep Chilcot within the consciousness of the public and ensure people have a chance to access it. Continue reading “Scotland, Brexit and What Happens Next [Review Sphere]”
On 17th September 2011 people gathered in Zuccotti Park near New York City Financial District led by the Canadian anti-consumerist grassroots group Adbusters to initiate what would become internationally known as the Occupy Movement. Individuals from across the city met to protest against the gaping inequalities of free market capitalism and the injustice of the 1 percent’s monopoly over global finance. Continue reading “Digital Democracy [Qmunicate]”
This week, Save The Children published a video of a young red-haired girl staring down the camera as her family fled a war zone.
The video follows a similar video made previously in which the same little girl wakes up in her comfortable English home and the world around her begins to deteriorate. Continue reading “Would we care more about refugees if they were white?”
It’s 1.30pm on a Tuesday afternoon and, rather than writing my dissertation, I am researching the cheapest and quickest route for me and two friends to get from Scotland to Vienna. We can fly from Glasgow but not on a direct flight; the flights from Edinburgh are cheap, but I’ve now decided it would be nice to head from Vienna to Budapest then eventually fly back home from Dubrovnik in Croatia. I’ve also found incredibly cheap flights from Manchester but if we potentially fly from London that could mean a few extra days of adventure in the capital. Continue reading “The Joy of Holiday Planning [Qmunicate]”
At the risk of sounding like the one-woman show in the Friends episode: The One with The Soap Opera Party, I’ve got something to get off my chest.
I got my first period when I was twelve. Then, for some reason, I didn’t get another one for months. It was a hiccup, a one-off, a warm up act. Then, sitting in a classroom about four months later, I felt my stomach ache in a weird twisting motion and I became very uncomfortable in my chair. I was eventually sent home from school with a headache because I didn’t have the courage to tell a teacher what was really happening. I sat in the bathroom for ages trying to work out how to deal with this strange new conundrum.
But I’m not supposed to tell you this. Continue reading “What a Bleedin’ Shame [Qmunicate]”
Last Tuesday members of the EIS union from all five West Dunbartonshire Council’s secondary schools came out on strike, claiming council decisions to alter the running of subject departments and principal teacher posts were purely ‘financially driven’. The strike, backed by almost nine out of every 10 union members, has been followed by a work-to-rule decision which took effect on Wednesday. Continue reading “Teacher Strike in West Dunbartonshire [Qmunicate]”
The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of writings by 22 year old, Yale graduate Marina Keegan, published in 2013. Keegan was in the enviable position of having a job awaiting her at the New Yorker, a play ready for production at the New York National Fringe Festival and a number of non-fiction publications in the New York Times: opportunities wildly dreamt of by any humanities student – and frustratingly difficult to attain. Continue reading “We Are So Young [Qmunicate]”