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U-Turn, If You Want To

U-turns, that is, a reversal of political policy, often made suddenly after sustained opposition, have long been deemed to be symptomatic of a weak government, a view exemplified by Margaret Thatcher’s famous "you turn if you want to" speech to the Brighton conference in 1980. Thatcher argued that her resolve "not to be diverted from our course" demonstrated that...

Can St Andrews Survive: The Coming Funding Crisis and How to Solve It

We are at war. So says the Prime Minister and the news and my neighbours over the fence. Indeed, all the markings of war are before us: an evil enemy, a (self-styled) ‘wartime government’ and, incredibly, a heroic national effort. Community has been cultivated and national spirit nurtured as we, a fractured people, come together in what is a...

In Defence of Statues

In many ways, statues do not need defending. For most people (and for most statues), the ecclesiastical romances of stone echo a graceful song of spoken words and sturdy deeds. Recently and rightly, however, our country, whilst wrestling with the ghosts of a wretched past, has begun to discuss "the legacy of Empire". Statues, and indeed history, should not...

Being a Black Student in St Andrews

Talia Jackman highlights her experiences, amongst other students', of racism in St Andrews.

Cash: A (Pre-emptive) Obituary

Dosh. Wonga. Dough. Cash was known by many names throughout its life, but the physical banknotes and coins that constitute it, died alone in quarantine, Summer 2020. The banknote was reportedly birthed in the Tang Dynasty a somewhat 1400 years ago, and coinage before that. From here, the use of cash spread rapidly around the world, enjoying a fulfilling...

My Reactionary Response To Reasonable Measures

This week, Cambridge University announced that "there will be no face-to-face lectures next year". It followed a similar announcement made by Manchester University that all lectures for Semester 1 will be taught online. Exeter University swiftly moved to do the same. Undoubtedly, many more prestigious UK universities will follow suit - potentially even our own. With no decision yet...

National Service: A Better Way to Spend Your Gap Year

When I was in my final year of high school, I knew that I wanted to go to university, but I didn’t think it was a good idea to go straight from one school to the next. I didn’t think I was ready for university and felt a year out would better prepare me, mentally and emotionally, for what...

The Treasury is Wrong: It’s Imperative That We Bail Out Our Universities

Number 11 Downing Street: Flickr
Before I begin, I should lay my cards on the table. Obviously, I’m somewhat lacking objectivity on the matter at hand. As the more eagle-eyed reader may have already surmised from that fact that this article is, indeed, published in a student newspaper, I am, myself, a student. As such, I have skin in the game of university survival,...

A Rudd Rebuttal: Getting a Firm Grip on the Rudd-er

We will lament the day we capitulated to thin-skinned students who daren’t expose themselves to other views. Lots of things will not conform to your certainty; welcome to this plucky new world, furnished with a healthy political discourse. This is a university, a home of ideas and debate that we must relish in. We cannot leave free speech feeling...

Deep State: Who are Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps?

The aftermath of the assassination of Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani on January 3rd in a US drone strike marked a low-point in the recent history of US-Iranian relations, once again raising the prospect of open war between the two countries. The event also brought rare Western media attention to the organisation of which Soleimani was one of the...