Profit-driven pharmaceuticals are causing more harm than good

This article was originally published on the political blog Left Foot Forward. “We did not develop this medicine for Indians. We developed it for western patients who can afford it” declared Marjin Dekkers, CEO of Bayer, one of the companies we rely on to produce the world’s pharmaceuticals. The drug in question is a potentially life-saving cancer…

The government must take responsibility on UK food poverty

This article was originally published on the political blog Left Foot Forward. Many were shocked to hear that a Yorkshire school has started collecting for a food bank after discovering that a pupil hadn’t eaten for an entire weekend. Yet food poverty is becoming increasingly common in the UK, and it’s time that the government…

Lads, it’s time for some meninism

This article was originally published on the Huffington Post. Feminist movements are thriving, reacting to an increasingly misogynistic society in which gender stereotyping is commonplace. And rightly so; individuals shouldn’t be limited by presumptions and attitudes towards their gender, and many men have realised this, now becoming an important part of the feminist movement. Yet…

Farage is right, but for the wrong reasons

This article was first published on the political blog Left Foot Forward. It’s a rare thing for a socialist to be inspired by something Nigel Farage says. Yet, on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, the UKIP leader gave a refreshing stance on policy making, downplaying the significance that economic growth should have in our…

This Christmas it’s time to let toys be toys and children be children

This article was originally published in The Oxford Student newspaper.  You may have noticed shops changing across the country. The Let Toys Be Toys campaign has already convinced stores such as M&S and Toys R Us to drop their gendered marketing, with all toys now accessible to boy or girl, labelled instead by category. The distinction…

We must stop shying away from science and start scrutinising it

Last Monday, Newsnight was again dominated by furious debate about drug policy. Peter Hitchens made his first appearance on the programme since a previous controversial confrontation with Russell Brand and this time was joined by actor Matthew Perry. What followed received widespread attention and the video clip quickly clocked over 500,000 views on YouTube. The episode was concerning on…

Inequality based on intelligence is as unjust as any other

This article was originally published in the Oxford Student newspaper. Boris Johnson’s recent comments about intelligence and economic inequality have caused widespread debate and controversy. Speaking at the annual Margaret Thatcher lecture at the Centre for Policy Studies, he commented that “it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16% of our…

LJ Trup: A joke with consequences

This article was originally published in Cherwell newspaper. It was written after LJ Trup, a ‘joke candidate,’ was elected as President of the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU). The story made national news, and received attention from the Daily Mail and Independent. You’ve got to admire LJ Trup. He’s landed a speculated £20,000 salary, as well…

On Remembrance Day, we forget those who are most affected by war

This article was originally published in Cherwell newspaper. The boys in military uniform, the saluting, the marching. The waving of our nation’s flag as if it justifies the deaths we are here to remember. The proud brandishing of guns; the very machinery that causes the destruction we mourn over. Poppy day isn’t about remembrance, it’s about glorifying…

The Sun: distorted statistics and dangerous stigmas

This article was originally published in the Cherwell newspaper. The Sun has done it again. Ten years after describing boxer Frank Bruno as ‘bonkers’ and ‘a nut’ for being admitted to a psychiatric hospital, they’ve now launched another offensive against the mentally ill. The newspaper published a front page headlined ‘1,200 killed by mental patients,’ relying on manipulated statistics to…

Ed Miliband and the Daily Mail: Standing up to the strong

This article was first published in the Oxford Student newspaper. Ed Miliband’s rhetoric at the Labour conference last week was bold and inspiring. The real surprise though, considering the track record of politicians, is that he seems to be acting by his principles. Having accused David Cameron of being ‘strong when it comes to the weak’ yet…