Some Thoughts on the Browne Review: Free Education is Still Possible, You Know.

October 12, 2010

The Browne review on Higher Education, which was published today and you can read a summary of here, has generated some very gloomy headlines. Not from the Sun, who haven’t covered the Browne review at all, and have chosen to go with a expose on the working conditions of lap-dancers at Stringfellows, but most other […]

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“The Chemists are Winning”: The Rise of Mephedrone and Legal Highs

October 4, 2010

Originally written for Student Direct. In April 2010, after a media storm, the British government passed legislation to classify mephedrone as a Class B drug. Mephedrone is a stimulant somewhat similar in effects to MDMA and cocaine, and is chemically based on cathinones found in the African stimulant Khat, but which was sufficiently chemically different […]

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An Introduction to Broke: an Economic Abuse Awareness Group

July 16, 2010

I met Helen Wallworth at a different group and social set entirely, but her heroic efforts to deal with domestic abuse know no bounds, and I hope that her new group Broke, which aims to raise awareness of economic abuse will rapidly establish itself as a success. Economic abuse, or using money and/or financial resources […]

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UMSU Students for Sensible Drug Policy – Chair’s Report 09-10

June 23, 2010

Manchester Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s second year has been hard work, but enjoyable. We have gained members, developed leaflets, posters, and other materials, and held events, training sessions, stalls, and socials. We have succeeded in holding some kind of meeting or event almost every week of term, with varying degrees of success. Our greatest […]

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Why wouldn’t you want to be autistic? A response.

June 20, 2010

A chap called Matthew Smith, also known as Yusuf, recently wrote a blog-post in response to my recent letter to The Guardian regarding autism as an illness. The main thrust of his argument is that autism is not an illness in itself, but still a definite problem that needs dealing with. However, many of the […]

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M.E.N.S.: What the Men’s Society has been up to

June 8, 2010

Originally written for Student Direct, but missed the print deadline. The Men’s Society was born last summer into a hailstorm of criticism. Although some of it was valid (approaching people with beards and imploring them to join the Men’s Society at Freshers = lame), a lot of it wasn’t (pretty much everything else). Sometimes it […]

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Letter to The Guardian re autism as a “distressing illness”

May 27, 2010

Published in the Guardian today here. Sir, I must take exception to your recent reference to autism as a “distressing illness” (Andrew Wakefield case highlights the importance of ethics in science, 24th May). I am autistic, and I am not ill, sick, or retarded – I merely think differently to other people, and subsequently find […]

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A 10 Point Guide to House Searches by the Police

May 25, 2010

As some of you may be aware, my flatmate went off and got herself arrested at Manchester Airport yesterday protesting about climate change. And as some of you may be aware, the police have a habit of searching the houses of people who go locking themselves to aeroplanes. :) I had a vague hunch that […]

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Letter from Justine Hall, Green Party candidate for Manchester Gorton

April 26, 2010

Last month I wrote a letter (republished here) to all the Manchester Gorton Constituency candidates regarding civil liberties and more specifically the recently passed Digital Economy Bill. To date, only Justine Hall of the Green Party has replied, although the Press Officer of the Pirate Party has been in touch offering to have Tim Dobson […]

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Letter to Manchester Gorton candidates re civil liberties

April 12, 2010

Sent to Qassim Afzal, Caroline Healy, Gerald Kaufman, Karen Reisseman and Justine Hall. Dear candidate, my name is Sarah McCulloch and I am a constituent of Manchester Gorton, whom you wish to represent in Parliament. I thought I would write to you with my concerns regarding the past few decades of curtailment of civil liberties […]

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