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Nitrogen Gas Execution 

5th June 2024

The moral implications of Alabama’s new method of capital punishment. Around half of US states still have death penalty laws. Methods of execution range from electrocution and lethal injection to gas chambers, hanging and even firing squads. More recently, execution via nitrogen induced hypoxia has been carried out in Alabama. Kenneth Eugene Smith was originally ...


The oligarchy of “centrist dads”

2nd March 2024

How the “centrist dads” have taken over the political debate Was it him? Was it that rabble-rouser, that prophet, that man of the people and voice for the voiceless, bourgeois bastion and tweeting torchbearer Gary Lineker who boldly birthed the podcast formula à la mode of the “centrist dads”?  Goalhanger Podcasts, the company Lineker co-founded ...


Clocking Out: Chasing the Dream of a Four-Day Workweek in the 21st Century

24th February 2024

Writer Leonard Hockerts looks into the social and political issues associated with adopting a 4 day work week – and whether it is somewhat inevitable. In the 1930s, economist John Maynard Keynes famously predicted that, by around 2030, a 15-hour workweek would be the norm. It is now 2023, and in the UK the average ...


From Wordle to Crosswords: How Word Games Are Making a Modern Comeback

24th February 2024

 A look into the, perhaps unforeseen, rise in popularity for word games and crossword puzzles, and yet newspapers are still on the decline?  With Wordle past its 900th daily puzzle, and an ever-increasing number of similar games at our fingertips, it seems word games and puzzles are back in fashion. Crosswords, which have been a ...


High taxes or high migration? The UK’s dilemma

11th February 2024

After record migration figures, the government wants fewer people coming to the country. What does this mean for the UK and its citizens? “Migration to is far too high”, was the reaction of the Conservative Home Secretary, James Cleverly, to new migration figures in November 2023. As revealed by data from the Office ...


An old Etonian enters government, again?

14th January 2024

Rishi Sunak tries to cling to power by making a change to his cabinet- but will it just be more of the same? As Rishi Sunak enters what is possibly his last year as Prime Minister, the recent appointment of David Cameron to the role of Foreign Secretary appears to be a desperate grasp at ...


The Great British housing crunch

14th January 2024

What can be done to make housing more affordable? Renting is a mainstay of Glasgow student talk. Everyone has a story to tell: outrageous prices, tiny rooms, rats. Since 2010, housing as a topic has steadily increased in importance to voters, based on polling by Ipsos. By now, every sixth voter names it as one ...


New restrictions on “glorifying terrorism” will have immediate effects for unlikely groups.

14th January 2024

Following recent protests in the UK, Sunak’s government have proposed a tightening of the 2006 Terrorism Act that brings with it controversies over the definition of terrorism. Most are acquainted with the phrase “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”, which highlights the subjectivity of how we perceive many groups in global warfare today. ...


It’s lit – or is it?

11th October 2023

Writer David Carrington explores the relationship between Glasgow University students and their expensive smoking habits. If you asked someone to stereotype students at Glasgow or similar universities it wouldn’t take long before a certain insufferable accent and the word “baccy” came up. Whether or not you have claimed your Glasgow uni accent or deny it’s ...


Electoral test for the SNP and Labour in Rutherglen and Hamilton West

19th September 2023

How will new SNP leader Humza Yousaf fare as the people of Rutherglen and Hamilton West take to the polls? The constituents of Rutherglen and Hamilton West will go to the polls on Thursday 5 October to participate in a closely contested by-election, triggered by the removal of their former MP Margaret Ferrier. Almost 15% ...