Matthew Oulton

What role do political beliefs play in climate activism?

Tackling climate change feels like it should be an apolitical issue. However, in recent years centre-left parties have been increasingly backing pro-climate policies, whilst the right remains largely unmoved. This divide has politicised the climate issue, transforming every common-sense method to tackle climate change into a political grenade, waiting to explode in...
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Posted Oct. 22, 2020

Why it’s time for another national lockdown

In the face of rising cases, localised outbreaks, and continued serious threat to health and the economy, the government have introduced new measures over the past few weeks to try and stem the second wave of Covid-19. They have presented us with a sombre trade-off between health and the economy,...
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Posted Oct. 8, 2020

The ‘rough sex’ defence: murder or rough sex gone wrong?

The Government’s long-awaited ‘Domestic Abuse Bill,’ had added to it an amendment proposed by Labour MP Jess Philips to close the ‘rough sex defence loophole.’ The bill, which still has to pass through the House of Lords, explicitly prevents those prosecuted with bodily harm claiming that it was carried out...
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Posted Aug. 18, 2020

Anti-obesity measures: should we commend or condemn?

Two of our writers comment on the implications of the government’s new plans to tackle obesity. ‘A good start’ Following his first-hand experience of coronavirus, Boris Johnson has turned his attention to another crisis: obesity. With the threat of a second wave still looming, the general poor fitness of the...
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Posted Aug. 5, 2020