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Labour, Not the Tories, Must Become the Post-Thatcher Party

Harry Mason / May 21, 2017 at 11:00 PM 190 views

They’ve claimed it will hurt working families - without ever quite explaining how - and that it isn’t properly costed, despite failing themselves to explain how they’d invest in the NHS beyond saying “we’ll keep the economy strong”. Their most…

Have Labour really deserted the working class?

Harry Mason / May 14, 2017 at 11:00 PM 246 views

Traditionally, the Conservatives’ voting bloc is founded on more well-off voters. Every few years, though, they remember that they have to win over at least some of the working-class, so out come their claims of being the ‘party of workers’…

Has Macron Quelled the Far Right, or Just Held Them at Bay?

Harry Mason / May 8, 2017 at 11:00 PM 210 views

The polls were wrong again. For once, though, they overestimated right-wing populism. Centrist Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency with an unexpected 65% of the vote, leaving the far right’s Marine Le Pen trailing with 34%. Macron earned almost twice…

Trump’s Presidency is A Celebration of White Male Mediocrity

Harry Mason / May 2, 2017 at 11:00 PM 289 views

Donald Trump’s administration is many things. It’s divisive, authoritarian, inexperienced. It’s also incredibly white, and incredibly male. Trump’s cabinet is 87% white and 87% male; his wider White House staff is similarly homogenous. A lack of women or people of…

Pop Music Reunions: Yay or Nay?

Harry Mason / August 26, 2016 at 11:00 PM 160 views

With Daphne & Celeste (of 'U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi, you ugly' infamy) embarking upon a comeback tour, it’s official - every pop band that could possibly have gotten back together now has. From Blur to Blue, recent years…

Why Do So Many Writers Only Become Famous After They Die?

Harry Mason / June 10, 2016 at 11:00 PM 301 views

Dossing around in our dilapidated student house one night, my flatmates and I pondered where post-university life would take us. We predicted that Phoebe, a business student, would become a ruthless, Ayn Rand-style corporate titan. Drama student Ben would become…

Are the Bowies and Rickmans of Today Daring To Dream?

Harry Mason / January 30, 2016 at 12:00 AM 225 views

The deaths this month of David Bowie and Alan Rickman were saddening for a number of reasons. Both were cherished British icons and immensely talented men, who between them covered roles as eclectic as Hans Gruber, the Thin White Duke,…