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Thursday, May 24, 2018
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After the riots

Over the past few days Facebook has turned into a hotbed of reactionary, conservative-with-a-small-‘c’ drivel. I have read post after post of friends and acquaintances condemning the London rioters as “young thugs”, “just kids kicking off” because they don’t have a “plasma TV”. There is even an e-petition entitled “Convicted London rioters should loose all benefits” that has been...
Coverage of the hacking scandal misses the point entirely. Anyone who has watched the news has seen the extraordinary lengths photographers, paparazzi and journalists will go to in order to get a story. It may be revolting, disgusting and deplorable, but phone hacking does not shock me. Or, at least, it does not surprise me. What we should worry about...
You won’t need me to tell you about the allegations that have led to the closure of the News of the World publication this week. It is also impossible to say what the effects will be, especially as I have no idea of what really went on to create such a furore or what Rupert Murdoch’s plans are. Instead, I...
While the university began to celebrate the marriage of a certain two alumni, a story in the Guardian (28th April) threatened to rain on St Andrew’s day in the sun. The article alleged, inter alia, that “The University of St Andrews… has received more than £100,000 in funding… with the assistance of Syria’s ambassador to the UK, Sami Khiyami.” After...
If there’s one thing humans love to do, it’s complain. Case in point: examine the entire Viewpoint section, or take a brief scroll down Facebook’s news feed. As an avid practitioner of this particular discipline (as are, I am sure, most of you reading this) I asked myself, “are there any better ways of passing an hour than bitching...
Ashok Kumar, education officer at London School of Economics’ students union, summed up the feeling towards LSE’s dealings with Libya with this statmement: “It should be a place of learning, not at the centre of unscrupulous dealings.” As civil war was breaking out between Muammar Gaddafi’s forces and anti-Gaddafi rebels, the British press got word of LSE’s various links with...
As a Social Anthropology student, you can probably guess I’m not in this degree for the money. I came to university for the allure of intellectual enrichment – a craving that survived thirteen years in a Scottish state school and is currently being satisfied by a monumental amount of coursework. Since starting university, the crap has hit the higher education...

I like money

Our University has accepted over £100,000 arranged by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. And I think that’s great. Some, such as the writers at The Guardian, believe that these funds are detrimental to the reputation and reliability of the University of St Andrews. I strongly disagree. If the rumours are true that the £100,000 went directly to a Syrian studies...
There is no denying the fact that Scottish Labour’s campaign has been uninspiring, ill-conceived and unsuccessful. A lead in the opinion polls has been squandered and it seems increasingly likely that the SNP will be re-elected with more MSPs than ever before. The recent Scotland on Sunday/YouGov poll has given the SNP a 13% lead over Labour in the constituency...
Most students are familiar with the toastie bar. A charity that is both simple and brilliant. You’re drunk, you spend almost nothing, you get a delicious toastie, and you support a charity. I myself have been to, as well as worked at, the toastie bar. My most interesting experience there however, was one night when I was working there. A...