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Let’s Bring Down The Government

Let’s Bring Down The Government

I feel very strongly about education. Of course I do. I come from an extremely privileged background when it comes to academics. My grandfather was a professor, my grandmother a teacher; both of my parents have degrees; my dad has a PhD and my mum’s working on an MA; and my mum works in a school. Well, two schools, actually. But whatever. I wasn’t one of those kids who always loved school. I spent my fair share of time complaining…

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Becoming Political

Becoming Political

I spent a long time being vehemently non-political. I did. I didn’t take Government and Politics when I chose my subjects at 14, nor again at 16. I didn’t even take History because the course was focused on 20th-century political history rather than the periods that actually properly interest me. I supposed that it was because politics seemed to be about people, and as far as I could work out, I didn’t like people very much. It took me a…

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Changing Loyalties

Changing Loyalties

I was rewatching the 2012 Les Miserables adaptation today (because how better to stave off panic about my university interview tomorrow?), and I noticed something. At the three times in my life that I have been a fan of Les Mis, the three occasions it’s affected me, my favourite character has shifted. 2005 When I first saw Les Miserables, I was nine years old, and it was a school production for which my brother was in the band. It was…

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Cynicism and Rebellion

Cynicism and Rebellion

Revolutions are bloodthirsty. Everybody knows that. They might start with a peaceful protest, a few thousand people marching up to their leader and asking for bread, but they end with a bloodbath. To overthrow the old order, sometimes all you can do is eradicate it and set up the new one on the bodies of the former government—and any bystanders who got in the way. There have been thousands of them throughout history. I was taught at school about the…

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