“If you buy cheap processed meat, you should expect other ingredients including horse meat.” I’ve heard these arguments on the World at One, in the office and on Twitter. The latter isn’t that surprising considering the penchant people have for being ridiculous on the social networking website. However the reaction to the horse meat scandal is one that has particularly struck me. There are many who are appalled but there is equally a group that believes we shouldn’t be shocked and actually you effectively deserve it if you buy cheap processed food. Continue reading
Tomorrow George Osborne will deliver his Autumn Statement and I hope he decides to scrap plans to cut housing benefit for the under 25s. I of course say this as an under 25 who lives out and although I have many friends that would help, I don’t have family in the UK. So Cameron and Osborne, I’m sorry but I can’t just move back home. Unless you want me to move to Turkey…
If the cut takes place, were I to lose my part-time job and my casual work at a newspaper, I’d have my savings for a short period (NB. by savings, I mean overdraft) but then I would have to apply for housing benefit. I don’t want to do this because the welfare system, however grateful I am for its support when it was only my mother and I, is not one I want to become stuck within. I say I’d apply for housing benefit but after tomorrow, I might not be able to. Continue reading
It’s been two years since I last was a GCSE tutor and there’s no doubt a lot has changed including the introduction of controlled assessments. But with Gove and Clegg’s recent press conference at a school, it seems more change is on the way and to a limited extent, we should be open-minded about it.
Although I may dislike Gove, that’s no reason to throw out his policy (note I say his, we know it’s definitely not Clegg’s) proposals. The plan to almost eradicate coursework has some benefits and good reasons for doing so, especially since cheating goes on a lot more than people think, and moderators and examiners can be flawed in their approach. In my three years as a GCSE tutor, we wrongly awarded A*s to all the coursework pieces, even some that were incomplete, and the moderator did not pick up on this. If that’s not a reason to start asking questions about the state of GCSEs, I don’t know what is.
“Mum, we’re not middle class… We don’t have middle class guilt.”
Social mobility in the UK is appalling. There’s no way round the issue but to address it head on. Of course there are examples of individuals who have built themselves up from scratch, and here Alan Sugar comes to mind, but for the majority of those seeking to better themselves, it is hard to do so. The oily pole of ascension to middle-classness involves unpaid internships, a substantial amount of student debt and the ability to do all this and still have money for rent and food. (Disclaimer: I know many middle class students struggling and don’t wish to demean their efforts.) Continue reading
Cherie Blair is wrong. A woman to admire, a strong female and a lady with a great career, but she is still wrong. Wrong for attacking women who put all their effort into their children. Firstly, I’d like to find one mother who doesn’t find parenting difficult and wonders whether working is a better option sometimes. Continue reading
As newspapers lose revenue and hyperlocals go from strength to strength, as the Leveson inquiry continues and more cases are made against News International, journalists, students and otherwise, have to ask themselves, where does journalism’s future lie? We must also ask ourselves, what is journalism’s future?
For those who have read this blog before, you are probably well acquainted with my optimism for journalism’s future and if you’ve read the current British Journalism Review. However there are two major issues: providing quality journalism connecting communities who have a greater appetite for news, and financing this. The latter is one that so many of us, student journalists, freelancers and journalism academics alike try to solve, I doubt that I can but I certainly think the industry needs to look outside the box. Continue reading
“I didn’t vote in the AV referendum… I didn’t vote in the general elections either.” Reading that around the time of referendum last year around May, I was disappointed. Firstly because the person who wrote that once was so politically active when we went to college together, I felt ashamed at my own efforts and secondly, that it seemed it was fine not to vote. But it isn’t. Continue reading