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Devil’s Advocate: Should The Guardian release the recording of Boris Johnson and his partner’s altercation?

Yes - Annabel Steele - 57% (99 Votes) When Johnson first started to build a reputation for himself, during his time at The Daily Telegraph, he relied on fabrication and eccentricity as a means of provoking his readers. He balanced these characteristics strategically, often accentuating the latter to disguise the former, and it worked—he got people talking about him. In...

My takeaways from this year’s League Table rankings

I, like many a St Andrews student, have taken immense pride in finally being able to provide some evidence to back the claim that “I wouldn’t have done as well at Oxbridge anyway” recently. Indeed, the recent Guardian University Guide placing St Andrews above Oxford has rightfully taken the headlines; but I feel said headlines are detracting from some...

Sustainable travel is possible: it just isn’t popular

I am an environmentalist. But I am also a traveller. A few years ago, before people started to realise that we’re zooming at top speed into a Red Alert zone, the word "but" wouldn’t belong before such a statement. Avid travellers were typically people with a keen investment in the planet and therefore in its state and health. Now,...

Smile Sweetheart! My experience of sexism in St Andrews

This article was amended for clarity and also for factual accuracy regarding the author's use of email screenshots. This was done on 18/06/19 following a discussion between the The Saint's editorial team, the author, and The Lafayette Club on the same day. Marina Rivera is a female student at the University of St Andrews and had been previously offered a...

Why I’m a “Fascist”

I can almost hear the shrill, histrionic shrieks of rage emanating from the St Andrean summer diaspora, who are probably already foaming at the mouth at the mere title of this article, let alone its content. How could I, in this day and age, dare to use such a horrible and offensive term as the F word? Have we...

Democrats would do well to seek Republican support before impeaching Trump

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Robert Mueller’s statement on the Russia investigation this week implies that Congress should move to impeach President Trump and has led to Democrats calling for Trump's impeachment. If they are to do so, it is crucial that these proceedings are bipartisan to avoid future abuses of the system. Mueller said two things that should be of interest to Congress....

Devil’s Advocate: Should the Jeremy Kyle show have been axed?

Poll Results: 74% Yes (135 votes), 26% No (48 Votes) Yes - Matthew Leighton I can’t say that I have ever been an avid follower of the Jeremy Kyle show. I would like to think that I have hobbies, interests and important work to be doing, and therefore I don’t often find myself watching ITV One at 11am on weekdays. I...

Stop being sanctimonious and actually help people

Twitter, like an oncoming vehicle or bovine tuberculosis, is something you’d do well to avoid if you know what’s good for you. Whether it’s Russian bots trying to twist your mind against whichever political candidate the Kremlin favours least that day, or a bunch of celebrities having yet another pointless spat at each other, Twitter really does serve as...

Ham-gate 2019: A delicious mistake or scrumptiously planned?

The views expressed in Viewpoint do not represent the views of The Saint but are individual opinions. Picture the scene: It is a cold, damp, Friday night in a lonely St Andrews. All the tasty hams are tucked up neatly asleep, and the occupants of Rocca Deli begin the night shift, comfortable in the knowledge that surely, in a peaceful...

A review of my first year at St Andrews

The offer holder day on the 18th of April 2018 was my eureka moment, you could say – the moment when I realised, for all Durham’s charm, St Andrews was just better in every way.