Opinion Archive

5th December 2011

You can buy extension cords for less than a fiver

Recently I have begun, or rather, attempted to begin, research for my dissertation (I won’t bore you with the title) only to discover that it is a task worthy of Sisyphus. But surely, you say, it can’t be that bad – it’s just a lot of reading and note taking. And you would be correct, […]
5th December 2011

Here’s to you, 2011

Riots in Britain and revolution abroad – it’s been a turbulent year in politics. Andrew Williams looks back, and asks what might be in store for the year ahead
4th December 2011

Confessions of a former fresher

Things used to be very different
28th November 2011

My Political Hero: Jon Stewart

The Daily Show host has proved to be a long-overdue thorn in the side of the Washington establishment
28th November 2011

Confucian reigns as China awards a Nobel alternative

When it comes to peace prizes, Vladimir Putin is hardly the first name that springs to mind
21st November 2011

Ailing EU economies turn to Bilderberg buddies

The new leaders of Greece and Italy have more in common than their job titles – both are members of the secretive Bilderberg Group. Andrew Williams takes a look at the mysterious organisation
21st November 2011

Why Britain must stay in the EU

Rob Fuller puts forward the case for Britain’s continued membership of the European Unon
21st November 2011

No 2 EU

The key point that Europhiles miss when attempting to silence our popular wish to free Britain from the shackles of the European Union is that the debate is not really about the ‘here and now’. Rather, we ought to emphasis the point that the EU has no definition other than that which appears to be […]
21st November 2011

Who’s next in Europe’s game of dominos?

With European leaders toppling left, right and centre, the Arab Spring has given way to the Mediterranean Autumn – and it’s nothing if not entertaining, writes Cat Hanson
19th November 2011

Something for Nothing

It seems that to get away with any large-scale fraud of our benefits system you’d have to be part of some sort of large crime syndicate.

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15th November 2011

Sticks and Stones

words may actually hurt me, especially if those words lead to someone hurling sticks and or stones at me
15th November 2011

Reborn as a hippy-crit

What’s so funny ’bout peace, love and misunderstanding.
15th November 2011

Why Dale Farm Matters

This week judge Justice Edwards-Stuart scored victories for justice, humanity and common sense, as he granted the travellers camped at Dale Farm a week’s reprieve to fight their forced eviction. The injunction protecting the travellers has been seen as an affront to the law by some; or at least this is the line taken by […]
14th November 2011

The Levant Winter – Syria’s march to freedom

Hisham Omara leads our coverage of UMSU’s Middle East and North Africa Week with a deeply personal account of the ongoing uprising in Syria
14th November 2011

Horn of Africa in crisis as the world looks elsewhere

The East African famine is a humanitarian emergency – but who is responding, asks Charlotte Cook
14th November 2011

Berlusconi: the end of an error

Andrew Williams looks back at a defining era for Italian politics as the curtain falls on Silvio Berlusconi’s premiership
11th November 2011

Nap time

You just can’t help dozing off at university
8th November 2011

National Fail

Privatisation works by opening up services to a free market, which drives down prices and leads to innovation and improvements in customer service. These improvements over a nationalised system are born out of competition between different providers. The telecoms industry is an excellent example of where privatisation has worked to effect improvements; numerous providers offer […]
8th November 2011

Medical Waste..?

Innovation in learning methods should always be embraced – cautiously
8th November 2011

Sex attack sentencing needs reform

As reported exclusively in The Mancunion last week, the number of sex attacks is on the rise in student areas of Manchester. What, then, can be said of the number of convictions? Or the sentences these offenders are likely to receive? Earlier this year, new plans for a consultation on sentencing reform came under fire […]

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