The Telegraph, 1st March 2017
There’s something quite odd about coming down to breakfast on a Sunday morning, often with a thick head, and glancing at the paper to see that someone else is having a go at the place where you live.
I imagine it’s what it might have felt like to be a spy behind the lines during the war, when newspapers were full of news of your country’s terrible crimes, interspersed with op-eds about how we ought to fight them with all our strength.
I’m not fighting a war, of course, and I might not do any more than have a little chuckle before going back to my fry-up. But there is something oddly obsessive and single-minded about the way news of Oxford, and our fenland counterparts, reaches the press.
From consulting the papers, you might be forgiven for thinking that we spend most of our time celebrating the empire, campaigning against people who celebrate the empire, getting drunk in eighteenth-century period dress and burning money in front of homeless people.
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The Telegraph, 3rd February 2017
Co-bylined with Camilla Turner, Education Editor
The Telegraph, 24th November 2016
Co-bylined with Camilla Turner
Labour is no worse than any other party when it comes to anti-Semitism, Shami Chakrabarti has claimed, adding that her report is more respected within the Party because she is an “insider”.
The Shadow Attorney General said the debate on anti-Semitism has been “weaponised”, which she suggested was part of a wider “civil war” within Labour.
Baroness Chakrabarti, whose report was branded a “whitewash” by critics after clearing the Party of anti-Semitism, said she had no regrets about announcing her affiliation to Labour while presiding over the review. Continue reading Labour is no worse than other parties for anti-Semitism, Shami Chakrabarti claims
Cherwell, 21st October 2016
Trinity College freshers were asked on Tuesday to make a charitable donation of ten pounds, to account for their “disgraceful behaviour” at Saturday’s matriculation ceremony.
In an email addressed to all undergraduate freshers, Trinity Dean Professor Jonathan Mallinson firmly condemned the actions of the freshers, whom he claimed behaved in a “noisy and undignified manner”, which he also described as “neither appropriate, clever nor funny”.
Freshers sang ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Wonderwall’ and chanted “what do we think of Merton?” at other colleges’ students inside the Sheldonian. One Trinity first-year told Cherwell that “this was interspersed with Mexican waves and lots of stamping”.
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Bury Free Press, 5th December 2014
This is an extension of my column on 5th December for the Bury Free Press. It is around three times longer, and somewhat more inflammatory. The original will be posted here soon.
As a state-sector student in the throes of applying to a top university, I know what it feels like to be an underdog. The Harrows, Etons and Dulwich Colleges of this world have a long-held reputation for their monopoly on the golden tickets to high-end institutions, and last year 43% of successful applicants to my chosen university came from independent schools.
That’s not right.
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