For & Against: Catalan Independence

Context: On 1 October, a disputed referendum was held in Catalonia, asking whether the region should be an independent state. Spanish police forcefully closed many polling stations, with photos of voters, beaten & bloody, frequently appearing in the media.  This vote was suspended by Spain’s Constitutional Court, which later declared the result – which organisers…

Waiting for Climate Change

By a concerned but ultimately exasperated individual For those of you whom do not know, “Waiting for Godot” is arguably Samuel Beckett’s greatest play, revolving around two characters Vladimir and Estragon, who wait for the arrival of someone named Godot who never actually arrives. They are told that Godot will not arrive today but surely…

Editorial – Slow September

I’ve always felt that September is the slowest month of the year. You begin the month wishing the Summer goodbye, returning home after three months abroad or counting down the days until you return to college. As soon as you get back however, lecturers decide to snap you back down to earth with readings, assignments,…

Editorial – Ireland 2017

I went to Mass for the first time in ages a while ago. I genuinely cannot tell you the last time I went to Mass that wasn’t for Christmas, for a funeral or by accident. For international readers, particularly our American friends, I didn’t go to Massachusetts for random events throughout the years; Mass is…

Compromise is Possible in Northern Ireland—but it must be based on respect and mutual understanding

Sometimes it feels like disagreement is to Northern Ireland what chips are to fish—they just go together. Six months have passed since voters went to the polls and elected new representatives to the Assembly—or so they thought. Discussions between the two major parties are set to resume this autumn, but with no agreement between Sinn…

Charlottesville

At nineteen, I am in shock that at some point in my life, I may end up fighting Nazis in a third world war. I am an English student, words are supposed to be kind of my whole thing, and yet, I am at a loss for what to say. In the year 2017, Nazism…