All posts by Tony Diver

Tony Diver is a student freelance journalist currently studying History and Politics at the University of Oxford. A portfolio of his work in news, comment, review and broadcast journalism can be found at www.tonydiver.co.uk

Let students use study drugs and let’s sell them at Boots, says Cambridge scientist

The Independent, 24th June 2017

It’s safe to say that, from their early beginnings as prescription medication for narcoleptics and the odd productivity booster for enterprising pharmacology students, study drugs have now been integrated fully into modern student life.

In fact, a student article for the Bristol Tab says that they’ve become as much part of the university experience as “disappointing sex and watching too much daytime television”. Continue reading Let students use study drugs and let’s sell them at Boots, says Cambridge scientist

Doctor Who writer protested against ‘problematic’ casting of black actor as Victorian soldier

The Telegraph, 11th June 2017

Co-bylined with Camilla Turner

The writer of Doctor Who has revealed how he protested against the “colour blind” casting of a black actor as a Victorian soldier in the BBC show.

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Six arrested after ‘hate crime’ gang beat asylum seeker of 17

Sunday Times, 2nd April 2017

Four men and two women have been arrested after a teenage asylum seeker was beaten unconscious in a suspected race hate attack.

The 17-year-old boy, believed to be an Iranian Kurd, was allegedly attacked after eight members of the gang asked him where he was from in the unprovoked assault on Friday night in Croydon, south London. He had been waiting with two friends at a bus stop close to the Goat pub in Broom Road. Continue reading Six arrested after ‘hate crime’ gang beat asylum seeker of 17

Criminals make a pile with fake recycling depot

Sunday Times, 2nd April 2017

Co-bylined with Jon Ungoed-Thomas, Chief Reporter, Sunday Times

Criminal gangs are setting up recycling centres with the intention of abandoning them with huge mounds of waste, warn Environment Agency officials.

There is anger among residents about vast piles of rubbish that are left when “recycling” depots are shut. In some cases the depots are deliberately set on fire.

Peter Rutherford, waste and enforcement manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Some operators go into the business and realise it’s not as easy as they thought, but there is a criminal element that does it deliberately and we are determined to make life hard for them. Continue reading Criminals make a pile with fake recycling depot

Cameron is bike crash hero: that’s PM’s son, 11

Sunday Times, 2nd April 2017

The former prime minister may have riled “remain” supporters by holding the EU referendum but David Cameron’s son Elwen has been hailed a hero for his reactions when a cyclist fell from her bike.

The 11-year-old boy and three of his friends have been praised for their quick thinking and cool heads after the accident on March 10 near their school in Kensington, west London.

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MP Carswell ‘votes Leave’ by walking out on UKIP

Sunday Times, 26th March 2017

Co-bylined with Tim Shipman, Sunday Times Political Editor

For a long time it has been a relationship made in hell but yesterday it ended in a quickie divorce. Douglas Cars­well announced that his loveless marriage with Ukip was at an end and Tory MPs revealed that moves are afoot to renew his vows with the Conservative Party.

Ukip’s only MP announced that he was leaving the party to sit as an independent. But in public and private he pointedly refused to rule out returning to the Tory fold in time for the 2020 general election.

Carswell had talks earlier this month with the Conser­vative chief whip Gavin William­son, who is understood to support the Clacton MP’s return to the party he abandoned in 2014.

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Here’s what George Osborne’s student journalism was like

BuzzFeed, 18th March 2017

Co-bylined with Jim Waterson, BuzzFeed UK Political Editor

Former chancellor George Osborne has been appointed editor of the Evening Standard, despite limited experience in journalism. His most notable achievements in the media world were his unsuccessful applications for graduate jobs at The Times and The Economist, followed by a short stint on the Daily Telegraph’sformer diary column before he went to work for the Conservatives.

But while studying at the University of Oxford in the early 1990s he was much more active in journalism, editing a student magazine called Isis – which at that the time did not share its name with a terrorist organisation. Copies of Osborne’s editions of the magazine have vanished from Oxford libraries, but BuzzFeed News has located copies nevertheless.

Here’s what they tell us about Osborne the journalist.

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