Emma Wilkes

Mixed-sex civil partnerships are a worthwhile alternative to marriage

After five years of campaigning that took them into both the national headlines and the Supreme Court, Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan can now finally call themselves civil partners. The new law introducing mixed-sex civil partnerships came into force on New Year’s Eve and 84,000 cohabiting couples are expected to...
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Posted Jan. 16, 2020

Labour’s student debt narrative ignores students’ real concerns

After the massive gains made in 2017’s general election, it seems that Labour are hoping to start another ‘youthquake’, offering to invest in youth services damaged by nine years of austerity and introduce free bus travel for under 25s in order to attract younger voters. Their most radical policy, however,...
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Posted Jan. 9, 2020

Milk Teeth and the joy of tiny concerts

A Thursday in mid-November. My first concert for three years was for the Stroud-based grunge-punk trio Milk Teeth. Fresh off a set on the main stage at this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, and their first release in almost a year, this particular tour could have arguably taken place in bigger venues.
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Posted Dec. 31, 2019

A not so thrilling thriller: The Roomates review

What would you imagine the Freshers’ Week from hell to be like? Rachel Sargeant seems to offer an answer in her psychological thriller The Roomates, set at the fictional University of Abbeythorpe and written from the perspectives of four freshers sharing a flat. Most freshers are dealing with homesickness, hangovers...
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Posted Dec. 17, 2019