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Many have been pejoratively accused of being bleeding hearts, myself included. Such accusations tend to come from the more cynical types among us, such as some of my fellow Viewpoint writers, or from others closer to us. “Don’t be a bleeding heart,” my father would grumble every time I claimed that I would give a large amount of my...

Future imperfect

It is an undoubted truth that a clear driving force of the Middle East uprisings has been the grievances of the youth. As Fareed Zakaria points out, Arab countries have been unable or simply resistant to providing job opportunities, education and rights to their younger population – so they revolted. Prominent political commentators like David Brooks and Zakaria are arguing...

A republican at the wedding

Expressing a contemptuous, or at least weary, indifference towards the upcoming wedding of Prince William to his university girlfriend Kate Middleton has become a must among enlightened British society. “I just don’t care about the Royal wedding” is the standard dinner party line of early 2011. In neat conversational shorthand, it lays down the gaping intellectual chasm that separates...

The prince and the media

Boy meets girl, girl uses respected degree to become a professional “accessory buyer”, boy becomes pilot, they break up, they make up over some deer stalking and they get engaged. In many ways, it’s the typical St Andrews love story. So, why all the media attention? The fact William is a prince is, in itself, not unheard of at this...

The Shibboleth

Do you listen to STAR? With an average listenership of only six people, odds are that you don’t. But if the current station management has anything to say about it, this will soon change. Four of the senior committee members of STAR have recently sparked quite a stir among the presenters and producers at the station. During the inter-semester break...

Devil’s Advocate: Is the royal wedding eclipsing our education?

Yes Our classes were moved out of Salvator’s Quad and there were inevitable traffic disruptions. Annoying? Yes, but this will hardly lead to all of us failing our degrees. What is more troubling is that once again the whole world is reminded that the royal couple attended the University of St Andrews, and the long shadow of the wedding is...

Reluctant hegemon

The protests in Egypt and the Middle East at large have shaken the political landscape from Tahrir Square to Pearl Square. Moreover, it has also rattled the outlook of many nations’ foreign policy; most notably, the United States. The world’s hegemonic power is struggling to find what hand to play in the Egypt crisis. The U.S. began by saying Mr....

Would you pay to read this?

Would you pay to read this? As you read this, there are literally hundreds of other ways you could be getting your news, facts and opinions. Every day millions of people pick up a newspaper and pore over its column inches, but that number is falling. In 1980, The Daily Telegraph saw circulation numbers at around 1.4 million, The Sun...

Jack Bunburry elaborates on the virtues of vice

I love smoking. It is, in one over-taxed stick of death, a perfect metaphor for exactly how shit everything worth enjoying is. I do mean everything, because I have yet to find something worth spending time on that is better than smoking. Let me add this caveat: I am perfectly well aware of the dangers of tobacco use. I have...

The dark side of western humility

In the West, calls in other parts of the world for freedom and democracy are always a chance for us to congratulate ourselves. Media commentary on the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere are liberally scattered with references to popular demands in those countries for ‘Jeffersonian democracy’, the implicit idea being that citizens of Middle Eastern countries have finally...