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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...

Please forgive me

J.H. Ramsay offers these words in response to a very upset reader, who wrote in regarding Ramsay's article titled "A word from our sponsors". Dear everyone, I'm sorry for all of the things I've done to all of you. I feel a terrible weight of guilt for my crimes, for all the injustice I've wrought on the world. Time and...

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Courage

Thumb out, cardboard in hand, and a smile. The image of a hitchhiker is renowned. Stereotypically, this notion also includes long wild hair and tie-dye smocks to complete the ‘hippy’ free-travelling ideal. Yet, thinking back to a time when I last saw a hitchhiker, I am hard pressed. In Britain, it has become a rarity. This is largely due...

You’re Driving Me Crazy

I have a confession. Despite being 18, and starting my driving lessons over a year ago, I have yet to sit my test. I’m not even on the same street as the test. It didn’t help that I learned to drive during a major upheaval in procedure. A year after I started my lessons the DSA introduced a new...

Living In Interesting Times

Doom, gloom and unemployment - young people’s prospects today! Or so Ed Miliband seems to think. At a speech in Gateshead the Labour leader claimed, “The next generation will have fewer opportunities and find it harder to get on than the last.” He’s not the only person who feels that it’s all downhill from here. The former Italian prime...

A message from our sponsors

One word justifies the rights of every journalist, provoked every war in recent history, and every peace treaty. One single word allows this student newspaper to publish edgy articles by Jack Bunburry. One word tipped the first domino of democracy in Tunisia. It even became a title for a Jonathan Franzen novel. And yet, strangely, the word doesn’t seem...

Jack Bunburry Talks To You, Not With You

I will never have an interesting or fulfilling conversation with another human being. This is not my fault, it is everyone else’s. The fact that all of my conversations amount to pointless drivel is not a reflection on me. It is a reflection on everyone with whom I have attempted to engage. It makes no difference who I try to...