Realities

Poverty in Education

Being poor impacts every part of your life; from your mental health, to your life expectancy, and throughout your education. The average life expectancy gap between a boy born in an affluent area and a boy born in one of the poorest areas reached 8.4 years in 2018. Being affluent tends to mean that you can have a support network that many…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 12: Cancel Predicted Grades, Not Crimewatch

Jasper, Eugenie and Tyron sit down with Sam Johnson-Audini, Undergraduate Academic Officer for Durham Students’ Union, to chat higher education reform, Labour’s policy to abolish predicted grades, and serial killers (how they’re represented in art and the media, that is). iTunes Link RSS Feed Host: Jasper (@jasper_ch) Panel: Eugenie (@meemstd) Tyron (@TyronWilson) Sam (@sam_jja) Edited by Jasper Cresdee-Hyde.

How the Labour Party should approach EU participation

The Labour Party’s divisions over Europe have always existed, although Brexit has brought them to unprecedented prominence. Instinctively, any strategist (armchair or otherwise) looking to unite the party on this issue is going to want to find a compromise position that combines a clear-eyed view of the necessity of at least avoiding No Deal, with the appearance of a streetwise aloofness towards…

The Social Review Podcast Episode 11: The Social Review Storms Scotland

Jasper meets TSR editor Hugh and friends Isla and Georgie to talk the state of the union and the future of Scottish Labour. Meanwhile, Joe sits down with Will Stronge, director of Autonomy, to discuss their proposals for a 4-day week. iTunes link RSS Feed Host: Jasper (@jasper_ch) Panel: Hugh (@hughrbrechin) Isla (@islawhat) Georgie (@georgie_rharris) Interview: Will Stronge (@w_stronge) interviewed by Joe (@steamedhamms) Edited…

Review: Jon Lawrence’s Me, Me, Me?

Faced with the crisis of social democracy, a loss of faith in ‘experts’ and leaders, and a surge of reactionary nationalism, the concept of community looms large in political discussion. Small communities outside of London and the south-east of England are, variously, disempowered by centralisation, looked down upon by cultural elites, and ravaged by unrelenting globalisation. Most of all, community is said…