New Labour Revisited

“A new dawn has broken, has it not?” was Tony Blair’s first question to the country aftersecuring a landslide 179-seat majority in May 1997. Britain was buzzing; the Cold Warwas over, the country was experiencing a cultural revival with popular culturecelebrating this new sense of ‘Britishness’ (we all remember the significant culturalmoment that was Geri Halliwell in that Union Jack dress!) and the youthful, slick … Continue reading New Labour Revisited

A Performer’s Promise

The recent tragic events at Astroworld – Travis Scott’s annual festival in Texas – has left many questioning the responsibility of an artist for their audiences’ safety. People attending concerts expect and deserve not to worry about being in danger for various reasons, but should the finger be pointed at the performing artist? Continue reading A Performer’s Promise

Bookstore Politics: Sally Rooney’s Translation Trouble

You’ve probably heard of Sally Rooney, the mastermind behind Normal People, Conversations with Friendsand most recently, Beautiful World, Where Are You. At just thirty years of age, Rooney has gathered much critical acclaim and success, along with a lot of publicity and people have been eagerly awaiting her latest book and whilst it has been met with significant praise, discussion has also turned toward her decision not to translate the book into Hebrew.  Continue reading Bookstore Politics: Sally Rooney’s Translation Trouble

The Power of Protest

With the occurrence of two protests against the formation of a pro-life society within the university, there has been discussion surrounding whether protest is an effective way to incite change. In light of the current status of protest in parliament, this conversation has never been more significant; The Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill carries heavy implications for the future of protest in the UK. The current bill already  aims to provide police with further powers to stop disruptive protests, but home secretary, Priti Patel, has recently made it known her intentions to amend this bill to include a travel ban on protesters with a ‘history of disruption’. This introduces another layer to the discussion; are non-peaceful protests justifiable due to efficacy? This article will address the political and social advantages and disadvantages of protest in hopes of answering these questions. Continue reading The Power of Protest

Protecting our Protests

Our right to protest has been a fundamental part of our democracy here in the UK for a long time. Chartism and protests for working rights were widespread in the nineteen-hundreds. The early twentieth century saw first-wave feminists campaigning for suffrage and, eventually, achieving it. The Rebecca Riots took place in the dawn of the Victorian era in South Wales, eventually leading to the South … Continue reading Protecting our Protests

Politics on Screen: Sitting in Limbo

At the start of June BBC One aired Sitting in Limbo, a factual drama about the consequences of the Windrush scandal of 2018. Despite the programme flying largely under the radar, nearly two months after I watched this important piece of television, I still reflect on it and the way it made me feel. Continue reading Politics on Screen: Sitting in Limbo

Theatres in the Dark: Here’s How You Can Support Your Local Playhouse

When theatres fell dark on Monday 16 March 2020, few could have imagined that nearly four months later their doors would remain closed. Their auditoriums decidedly empty and their stages eerily quiet. While lockdown has meant we’ve been able to enjoy award-winning productions streamed directly to our homes, performers, technicians and audiences alike are now eagerly anticipating a return to normality, itching for theatres to raise their curtains once more. Continue reading Theatres in the Dark: Here’s How You Can Support Your Local Playhouse

Footballer or Philanthropist? Rashford Speaks Out

When Marcus Rashford walks out onto the pitch donning the white shirt of England’s international football team, we see a star footballer, who is representing his country as one of the best in the world. What we don’t see, however, is the young boy who received free school meals as a child, whilst his mother struggled to make ends meet. Like Rashford, this is the harsh reality for many families in the UK, with 1.3 million children claiming free school meals in 2019. The government’s Free School Meal scheme allows children from low-income families to receive free meals during their education, right from nursery age. Continue reading Footballer or Philanthropist? Rashford Speaks Out

The Return of Spitting Image

23 years on: “There’s nothing like a puppet punching a puppet”

The political satire Spitting Image, which first launched in Britain in 1984, is returning to our screens this year – and this time, it’s going after the big guys.  

In its heyday, Spitting Image was watched by 15 million people each week on ITV, its caustic puppets featuring the faces of those such as Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet. The show aimed to be as topical as possible throughout its 12-year stint, with puppeteer Roger Law stating that at times puppets were made overnight in order for a quick turnaround on the show. However, journalist Adam Sherwin claimed in an article in I-News that by the end of its run in the early 2000s, the jokes used during Spitting Image’s prime-time slot “had been reduced to the back-of-a-cigarette-packet material”, its ratings following suit. Continue reading The Return of Spitting Image

Politics on Screen: Parasite

Ever since it debuted at Cannes Film Festival in May 2019 and won its prestigious Palme d’Or, Parasite has been making waves. With two Baftas, four Oscars (including best picture – the first time a foreign film has ever won) and countless other accolades under its belt, it has dominated the awards circuit and catapulted writer-director Bong Joon-Ho to international fame. A much-celebrated director in his native South Korea, Bong’s work often touches upon social issues. Okja, for example, deals with environmental issues, capitalism, animal rights and corporate greed, whilst The Host explores dictatorships, governments and power, amongst other things. Continue reading Politics on Screen: Parasite