How Much Do Freshers Actually Care About Safe Spaces And Other ‘Student Issues’? (VICE)

Be it no-platform policies, controversial leadership or moral panics about their behaviour, students have a way of dominating the news. Are they too precious and mollycoddled? Are they drinking too much, or not enough? Do they represent the end of free speech as we know it?

They’re grouped together as a homogenous monolith, but ‘students’ are, by their very nature, transient. Classes change every year, obviously. And for all the time freshers week leaflets spend on baked bean and beer gags, those with the most at stake in debates around so-called student culture might just be the people we’ve heard from least. … Read More

Brexit: what happens now? (Red Magazine)

It’s been a long six weeks of campaigning but this morning the UK awoke to the outcome of one of the biggest democratic decisions many of us have ever taken. With a majority of 52%, the UK has voted to leave the European Union. So while it might be the end of the campaign, it’s only the start of some big changes for the country and our lives in it. Here’s what will likely happen next. … Read More

Millions of British citizens are being denied the right to vote (Huck Magazine)

This Thursday will see Britain head to the polls to vote on the country’s continued membership of the European Union, in a vote touted by British politicians on both sides as ‘the biggest decision of a lifetime’.

The outcome is likely to impact everything from grocery shopping to rights at work, freedom of movement and, according to David Cameron, an impending World War Three. For once the electorate seems to agree on the urgency of this referendum – we’ve seen a surge in voter registration which led to an unprecedented deadline extension. It’s just one indicator of how the debate has motivated and mobilised a population.

Yet away from voter registration drives and attempts to get out the vote are an often neglected section of the population who won’t be able to have their say on Thursday. Around 2 million adults of voting age are consistently absent from the UK’s electoral register. Who are they? And how do they feel about missing out on ‘the vote of a lifetime’? … Read More

The EU Referendum: Everything you need to know about brexit (Red Magazine)

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 28 countries, formed after World War II in an attempt to encourage co-operation following the hostile nationalism that emerged through war. The EU is a ‘single market’, meaning goods, money and people can move freely between all member states.

A referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU is happening this year because David Cameron pledged to hold one if he won the 2015 General Election. His promise was a response to sustained pressure from some Conservative party members and UKIP, who say the EU has changed immeasurably since the public were last asked about membership in 1975. … Read More