Nature vs. Nurture

Matthew Syed achieved a first class degree from Oxford University and was an international table tennis player, becoming Commonwealth champion on three separate occasions and representing Team GB at the Sydney Olympic Games. He went on to become a successful journalist for The Times; he was the Sports journalist of the year in 2009. His highly acclaimed book Bounce was published in 2010. It is fair to say that Matthew Syed is a talented man – or is he? Continue reading “Nature vs. Nurture”

If Women Went to Eton

Their roll call of alumni is like no other and in all walks of public life Old Etonians are prominent.

From Bond (Ian Fleming) to Boris Johnson, Damian Lewis to David Cameron, Eton’s hallowed halls have conceived politicians, novelists, clerics, actors, academics, athletes and a whole host of royalty.

One might well suggest that Eton is the most powerful institution in the world.

And yet Eton, for all its influence, remains one of the most exclusive clubs globally, existing not just for the privileged but solely for those with a Y chromosome. Half the population, regardless of their status in life, can never profit from an Eton education. The irony of (actor du jour and Eton alumni) Eddie Redmayne’s rousing cry in Les Misérables, “Do you hear the people sing?”, is not lost.

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The Curious Case Of Britain And Refugees

On the 30th July, Prime Minister David Cameron condemned a swarm of migrants for having the audacity to try and come to Britain in search of a better life, stating that Britain would not be their ‘safe haven’. His dehumanising and divisive language seemed to gain some traction with the press, especially with The Sun and the Daily Mail, which even published an article bemoaning that refugees were given food and shelter. In fact, the public mood towards the people in the camps was so strong that when the Independent commented with actual pieces of Nazi propaganda on Daily Mail articles, instead of being slated for being horrifically xenophobic and hateful, they were lauded and supported. Continue reading “The Curious Case Of Britain And Refugees”