Snouts in the trough

12 04 2009

Another article published in Nouse, the University of York’s much-praised newspaper:

For the first time in too many weeks than I care to calculate, the Sunday Newspapers appear to be void of any scandal surrounding some MP’s expense claim or other. The many thousands of print words, and broadcast hours that have been spent on this issue is a disgrace to the newspaper industry, and a damning indictment on our political system.

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Fear not the rainbow-wielding maniacs

15 02 2009

This article was published in the University of York’s Guardian award-winning newspaper Nouse on 28th October 2008.

Student politics is a messy business. So much time and effort is put into apparently noble causes which tend either to be entirely ineffectual, or to get distracted from their initial purpose. Too often the things that make a difference to people’s lives are left behind while campus bandwagons roll down the road of irrelevant hysteria. Anybody familiar with the name Fletcher-Hackwood will know what I mean. Read the rest of this entry »





The beckoning call of student politics

15 02 2009

This article was published in the University of York’s Guardian award-winning newspaper Nouse on 18th October 2008

The University of York’s political scene is one of the most active and exciting in the country. There is a raft of societies, activities, events, and publications which provide for pretty much all political appetites.

Student politics has a reputation for being charged with excitement, intensity, and passion. Read the rest of this entry »





A hard pill to swallow for atheists

15 05 2008

This is a summary of an introduction I gave for a ‘Thinking & Drinking’ session in May 2008.

Throughout History, Religion has been responsible for some of the darkest moments in mankind’s conscience. Whereas the Twentieth Century might be seen by some in the future as a period ‘light-relief’ from religiously-motivated violence and destruction, the Twenty-First is already seeing its Read the rest of this entry »





A New Generation Of Politics

1 01 2008

Published in the Journal of the New Generation Society, January 2008.

“Let the word go forth from this time and place… that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.”

President John F. Kennedy

Inaugural Address

Washington DC, 20th January 1961

 

 

“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that generation – let your greatness blossom.”

Nelson Mandela

‘Make Poverty History’ Rally

Trafalgar Square, 3rd February 2005

 

 

These two quotes, which so eloquently capture the spirit of the New Generation Society, are taken from speeches made by Read the rest of this entry »





Campus Soapbox

23 01 2007

This article was published in the University of York’s Guardian award-winning newspaper Nouse on 23rd January 2007.

As we move into the fresh year of 2007, the British political landscape appears ready for change. We are assured of a new Prime Minister by early summer, the two opposition parties will begin to set out their stalls and we may even see a General Election. But our country’s politics are also facing a much more long-term shift. Read the rest of this entry »