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January 26, 2016

The Heart Of The City?

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Written by Ritush Dalmia As part of the RAG edition, we take a closer look at the role of charity in the City Young adults scurrying around at 7am with their daily dose of caffeine. Tall, intimidating glass buildings with thousands of computers flashing stock prices every minute. Is there any compassion in The City? Though it may take more than a few scratches beneath the surface to find, the answer…

Corbin’s Cabinet Woes

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Written by Alex Gray Have we come to expect a shadow cabinet too united to ever have a serious debate? At a recent Fabian Society conference, the easiest way to get an applause was to call on the party to focus on the real enemy; the Tories. This is something that even those outside of the Labour Party tend to agree on – Britain does better, as do most democracies,…

The EU: Time to Leave

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Written by Ramone Bedi The EU referendum presents the British people with a chance to significantly change the society they live in; they should use it to vote out. Since the EU was first established it has grown from six member states to twenty-eight member states. This extreme expansion has made it very difficult for the EU to perform its primary function – to create a single market, in which…

Th’ Northern Society Heads to NW1

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With a pint in hand, temperature just above freezing and a distinct Mancunian twang in the chatter, for many of our members it felt like they’d never left home. It was a sprightly bunch that turned up at the World’s End opposite Camden Town for the Northern Society pub-crawl, accompanied by the inevitable overpriced booze of its NW1 postcode and the sound of heavy metal pouring through the speakers. We…

The Cause of Unequal Opportunity

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by Hakan Ustabas, Deputy Comment Editor One much-criticised social ill of the United Kingdom is the inequality of opportunity which faces young people. Children from wealthier families are more likely to achieve As and A*s at A-level, and to attend elite Russell Group Universities. Furthermore, research has shown that the more unequal a country is in terms of income distribution, the lower the level of social mobility it has. This…

Students Raise a Staggering £100,000 for Charity

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The LSE Students’ Union’s (SU’s) Raising and Giving Society (RAG) have raised a colossal £100,000 for charity since the start of the academic year. Having chosen three charities to support at the beginning of Michaelmas Term: St Mungos Broadway, Papyrus and Farm Africa, RAG have worked relentlessly to raise funds for these three very deserving causes. However, the philanthropy does not end there as RAG have also been able to…

Charlie Hebdo: The Right to Offend?

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by Nina Webb, Deputy Comment Editor Recently, a cartoon in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo sparked an intense social media uprising, just over a year on from the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris. The cartoon depicted the now infamous drowned toddler Aylan Kurdi; with the cartoonist seeming to imply that Aylan would have grown up to be a sexual abuser like the immigrants allegedly involved in…

SU Backs EU ‘IN’ Campaign

SU Backs EU ‘IN’ Campaign

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As David Cameron’s negotiation deadline looms ever closer, and the relative merits of Britain’s membership of the European Union are discussed and dissected across front pages, the LSESU has found itself equally susceptible to the concern and captivation invested the in/out referendum. The breaking news that Sir Michael Caine is backing the ‘out’ campaign has surely rendered the whole exercise a forgone conclusion. However, if the voting public somehow remains…

Halls are expensive, what’s the solution?

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LSE, we need to talk. For a university centered around economics, it’s ironic that our Students’ Union is taking such a nonsensical and short-term approach to the cost of halls. Yes, it’s important that students from all backgrounds can afford a room and study at LSE. But no, lobbying LSE to ‘freeze’ prices is not the answer when more effective solutions are available. It’s time to shift the conversation onto…

The Pocket Philosopher ; Freedom of Speech

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Weekly philosophical musings by Edmund Smith.  The debate around freedom of speech in academia has been simmering away for quite some time now, and is unlikely to be disappearing anytime soon. But it may be worth considering an aspect of the debate that is sometimes lost. We typically imagine that when a person is forbidden from making a statement, that is all that it is – a prevention of something…