Ancient Laws for Ancient Abuses

 

In what has been described as a ‘marathon trial’, the claims of 40,000 Kenyans seeking compensation for their treatment by the colonial British government during the Mau Mau uprising of 1952-60 are being examined in detail. The solicitors of the Manchester-based Tandem Law firm have now been warned by the Foreign Office that their arguments might be in ‘contempt of parliament’. This is remarkable, as this is an ancient and essentially forgotten power of parliament that allows it to punish non-members of parliament for contempt, which can include what May has outlined as reflections ‘on the character of the proceedings of the House’.

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Arts Review: Shoot The Sissy

The Art School, 7th March 2017

This performance is one of paradoxes so stark I am left speechless and puzzling. Both intimate and public, grotesque and beautiful, painful and inspiring. Nando Messias manages to effectively erase the boundaries of gender, performativity and agency.

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Trump Versus Science

Global warming is a threat to us all. The myriad risks it poses to all people and all aspects of society have become undeniable, both through scrupulous research and the first tragic examples of its impact. Yet some people refuse to open their eyes and face one of the biggest dangers facing this world. Unfortunately, Trump, one of the most powerful men in the world, is one such specimen. Consequently, following the G7 meeting it appears he will most likely draw the USA out of the Paris Climate Accord, which was perhaps the most promising global move ever taken to tackle climate change.

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Travel Writing: The West Highland Way

Exam stress. Flat moving. Crazy politics. End of a semester. Goodbyes. My mind a whir – so many things I want to do but no space in my mind to really do or think about anything. This was the state I was in when leaving for the West Highland Way. I couldn’t have made a better decision than hiking for six days to clear my mind, go back to the basics and challenge myself in a more fundamental way than university or city life ever could.

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Crushh Your Intuition

A new app called ‘Crushh’, launched on the 29th of April, aims at solving our anxiety around text messages by analysing them based on an algorithm, informing us how much the other person is interested and engaged in the relationship. The closer the score to 5, the more interested the other person is, whilst a 2.5 means you like/dislike each other equally. The logic behind this app is to replace human intuition, communication and uncertainty with an algorithm that can provide ‘hard facts’. On the surface, it may seem like a harmless gadget to ‘solve’ the problems of angsty teens (and adults). But is this really the answer to all our relationship anxiety? Or something more ominous?

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Arts Review: Hay Fever

Dir, Noël Coward, Citizens Theatre, 5th-22nd April

The best word I can find to describe Hay Fever, directed by Noël Coward, is ‘good’. It contains all of the necessary parts to make for an incredibly production, it ticks all of the necessary boxes, but put together it lacks something essential to pull it all together. Thus some scenes are brilliant and have the theatre echoeing with laughter, whilst other scenes seem to fall flat.

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