Commentary

Regular comment and analysis from some of our staff and associates.

  • December 13, 2010

    Faced with Parliament's vote in favour of the tuition fee hike, it is vital that those of us who are campaigning against it avoid the twin temptations of giving up or resorting to violence. The Guardian today (13 December) published a...

  • December 11, 2010

    Since the 1970s, successive governments have reinforced a social tendency to know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Education has not escaped this destructive culture and John Heathershaw has given a chilling warning of the death...

  • December 10, 2010

    It is interesting to note how much UK media attention, following protests against student fee rises yesterday (9 December 2010), has focused on the admittedly alarming experience of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla when the car they were...

  • December 10, 2010
  • December 10, 2010

    The Bolivians are always tainted with the melodrama brush at the climate change talks. Either openly or in cables (as revealed by yet another WikiLeaks allegation) Bolivia is seen as a loose cannon: a nation that won’t play the international...

  • December 10, 2010

    When I became a Christian, I mistakenly accepted homophobic views and campaigned against same-sex relationships. I'm appalled that I did this. Now I'm planning to walk from Birmingham to London as a pilgrimage of repentance.

  • December 10, 2010

    Higher education in England has changed forever. It is no exaggeration to say that universities are in their twilight hours as public institutions for the universality of people and ideas, says John Heathershaw. The discussions during the...

  • December 9, 2010

    It wasn't like this in my day. When I was a student in the nineties, older people would criticise student apathy, contrasting it to their own experience of university in the sixties or seventies.

  • December 9, 2010

    The last couple of weeks I have been working with the "yes for fairer votes" campaign for a 'Yes' vote in the referendum on the Alternative Voting system for Westminster.

  • December 8, 2010

    Since leaving full-time education, I have worked with the student movement in several ways – through backing campaigns, through being employed by a students' union, through giving freelance media training to groups such as People & Planet and...

  • December 8, 2010

    The US diplomatic cables leaked to WikiLeaks, and reproduced by them, by the Guardian, the New York Times and others have been dismissed in some quarters as 'tittle tattle'. Actually, they have revealed some significant, startling and disturbing...

  • December 7, 2010

    The denial of bail to WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange looks to be far more about politics than justice, conveniently coinciding as it does with a (so far little-reported) threat by the US to get in on the extradition game.

  • December 7, 2010

    The Metro's news room yesterday must have echoed to the sound of the bottom of barrels being scraped, as the paper chose to put a story about the rights of Pagan prisoners on today's front page (7 December).

  • December 6, 2010

    A leading US proponent of 'Inteligent Design' has been touring the UK to drum up support for his cause, says Bob Carling. But there are good reasons why he is unlikely to convince theologians or scientists with a 'god of the gaps' argument.

  • December 6, 2010

    In November 2010, the Church of England moved a step further to accepting an Anglican Covenant which could be used to discipline member churches – though those it was meant to placate firmly rejected it. Savi Hensman suggests that in its present...

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