Author: Emily Hawkins

It is a mistake to say free speech is being suppressed on campuses, such as King’s College London. (Photo: Science and Engineering South Consortium.)

Trigger-Unhappy

The campus culture of “safe spaces” and “no platforming” is broadening rather than stifling debate and free speech, writes Emily Hawkins. The issue of free speech on UK campuses is one the media pounce...

Almost half of women have experienced online abuse, according to one study. (Photo: Resources 3)

Reclaim the Internet

Campaigns by politicians to tackle gendered online harassment are sorely needed in the UK. Some of the UK’s most prominent female politicians have united in a cross-party campaign to “Reclaim the Internet”. The project...

Labour needs to have an attentive discussion, not a petty shouting match. (Photo: The Mirror)

Labour Needs Nuance

By thinking of everyone and everything in terms of being “Blairite” or “Corbynite”, Labour risks succumbing to a black-and-white view of the party and wider politics which the country neither understands nor cares for....

Pride is now a regular annual event in dozens of countries. (Photo Source: Mashable).

Pride’s True Colours

Over-commercialisation, a drinking culture, and hedonistic non-LGBT attendees have left many feeling alienated and disenchanted with Pride. Pride festivals emerged following the Stonewall Riots in 1969, which saw LGBT people take to the streets...

Volunteers from the Christian group 40 Days for Life outside a Marie Stopes clinic in London. (Photo: The Guardian.)

Clinic Protestors: Back Off!

Within the last decade, the UK has seen aggressive anti-abortion clinic protests become commonplace. It’s time for the government to take action against intimidating demonstrators by implementing protection zones. In January, Buzzfeed reported on...

Sophie Walker (centre), the party’s leader and 2016 London mayoral candidate with other founding members. (Photo: Duncan Fisher).

The WEP: Privileged or Progressive?

Is the Women’s Equality Party (WEP) compatible with “youth feminism” or do they have little hope of appealing to young women? Last year presenter Sandi Toksvig (or “Sandi Toxic” in the words of Justice...

Campaigners say that the lack of commitment to PSHE by the government is failing young people. (Photo: The Telegraph)

Make PSHE Progressive

From teaching about “sexting” to consent, campaigns for changes to the UK’s PSHE curriculum have been gaining more momentum over the last few years. Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) has been a...

Making their Mark

Following a record-breaking campaign by the UK Youth Parliament to encourage young people to vote for issues they care about, Emily Hawkins reports on how Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are engaging and representing...

CAMHS Crisis? What Crisis?

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are in disarray. Shame the government won’t do anything about it. “I warn you, not to be ill,” former Labour leader Neil Kinnock said in a speech...

Pulling up the ladder

The Conservatives’ cuts to higher education are only helping to alienate the most disadvantaged students. Traditional institutions are at the heart of conservativism, and with vague rhetoric on “teaching British values,” in schools, David...

Getting down and very, very dirty.

 With one of the closest elections in a generation, politicians, parties and media outlets on both sides are increasingly turning to dirty tactics to gain the upper hand. They ought to be ashamed of...

An earthquake which never happened.

Television debates are something that are part and parcel of US presidential elections. With Labour and Conservatives locked in a stalemate, do TV debates increase political participation amongst undecided young voters or are they...

A New Brand of Politics

Our new writer, Emily Hawkins, sums up why most young people believe in Russell Brand, don’t care about Westminster, hate politicians and why our democracy is smelling stagnant. But it doesn’t have to stay...

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