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Opinion pieces on LSE, domestic, and international affairs.

Take Two: the Second Referendum and the Game of Frames

I received my call to write this article, covering a debate on the Second Referendum in collaboration with LSE’s own Debate Society, under intriguing circumstances. Initially hesitant to write about an issue so polarizing as Brexit, one day, scuffling out…

Brexit and Ego Death

There are two underlying forces in debate, and the formation of political discourse in general. These two forces dictate the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ of debate, and in turn can determine the ideas that shape the political narratives of subsequent generations.…

Saving print journalism: out with the new, in with the old

illustration by Amelia Jabry Print journalism is dying. Newspaper circulation is plummeting across the board. The Sun, the best-selling newspaper in the UK, recorded a 12% year-on-year decline in circulation in August 2019. The Guardian’s circulation is down 5% from…

Rory Stewart and the North-South divide

Cast your minds back to May 2019. Most of us were swarmed with exams, the weather was warming, and Theresa May announced her resignation – this was also the time where the nation was introduced to Conservative MP and Pret…

Letter to the editor: LSE and climate change

It is very good to see a debate in ‘The Beaver’ about sustainability at LSE, and climate change in particular (‘A Changing Climate at LSE’ and ‘LSE and the climate emergency’). LSE has set up a Sustainability Advisory Group consisting…

Letter to the editor: LSE and the climate emergency

Dear Sir, In regard to the Comment article LSE and the Climate Emergency , where two anthropology students call for a so-called ‘net zero’ LSE by 2025: the goal is both meaningless and harmful.  Immediately, an issue arises with the…

How do we define ‘Working Class’?

At the end of the last academic year, I found myself winning the role of social mobility officer. Now I find myself now faced with one of LSE’s biggest class-based problems; who is the LSE working class? This LSE bubble…

Keeping Student Activism Alive

Written by Miranda Imperial As a one year Master’s student, my time at LSE has been short. My experience of the university cannot be compared to that of undergraduates. I know I cannot hope to be as familiar with the…

The Systemic Problem of Mental Health at Universities

UK universities have a mental health problem, and LSE is no exception. With student satisfaction below 80%, and 43% of students citing a need for improvements to the counselling service, there’s clearly work to do. But working out exactly what…

LSE and the Climate Emergency

Written by Gabriela Cabaña and Catherine Whittle A growing movement in LSE, the Climate Emergency Collective, is asking for the university to join the rapid efforts to address the climate emergency. A net zero institution by 2025 —as per Extinction…

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