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Opinion: Why banning Donald Trump from the UK will achieve nothing

A different approach to the discussions surrounding the potential banning of Trump from UK...

Opinion: Why banning Donald Trump from the UK will achieve nothing

On the 7th January earlier this year, when three perpetrators caused the deaths of 17 innocent lives, we were quick to band behind France. We were quick to defend Charlie Hebdo’s right to freedom of expression, and quick to shame these terrorists for trying to curtail Charlie Hebdo’s right to express their opinions, no matter how controversial. ''Je suis Charlie Hebdo'' for weeks after the attacks was our nationwide motto, but since then that sentiment has languished.

The fight to defend freedom of speech as curtailed as shown by when Oxford University banned a free speech magazine deemed to be to offensive and then, at the same university, protests against the leader of the controversial right-wing National Front Party in France, Marine le Pen, took place in an attempt to prevent her from speaking. From petitions to ban Katie Hopkins, to protesting against a stand-up act because of her…

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Music

Review: David Bowie - Blackstar

Bowie's tragic and untimely death raises many questions surrounding his final musical memento.

On 8th January, his 69th birthday, the legend that is David Bowie, released ''Blackstar''; an album consisting of 7 songs.

It was not publicly known at the time of release that David Bowie was suffering from a terminal illness, and sadly on the 10th January, only 2 days after the album 's release, he passed away after what was soon revealed to be an 18 month battle with cancer. This made ''Blackstar'' the final stamp on a heroic career.

To write about him is an honour. I grew up fondly watching the Jim Henson film ''The Labyrinth'', where Bowie starred as the fearful Goblin King. Not forgetting his introduction to the classic Raymond Briggs animation of ''The Snowman'', which no Christmas goes by without at least one happy viewing.

I would hear his music played around my home. This then meant such excitement for me when I…

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Politics

The EU Referendum - One Step Closer?

The who's, why's and when's of Britain's current major decision

The EU Referendum - One Step Closer?

2016 has only just started but this doesn’t mean a slow down for David Cameron in setting out his plans to get the EU question to the electorate, to begin the process of setting the all important date to change a part of the constitution.

Only this week David Cameron has said that he is looking to finish renegotiations, about our place in the EU, after a meeting with other EU leaders in February/March which could lead to the date for the referendum being set at around June. The reasoning behind a June estimate is that the campaigning period is set to last 10 weeks. ''The campaign cannot clash with the forthcoming Scottish elections'', Philip Hammond said this week.

It is seen as a good move for David Cameron to speed up plans as it could catch people off guard and gives the ‘leave EU’ groups less of…

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