Here are the various opinion pieces I have written, both serious and light hearted. 

Jewish Post

American and Western foreign intervention: A tale of misconceptions

With the recent decision to bomb a Syrian chemical weapons factory by the United Kingdom, United States and France, debate has naturally turned into the reasoning behind the decisions. Are these interventions worth it? Will we be plunged into a Third World War? This opinion piece delves into some of my thoughts behind the issue and points that I think people are misunderstanding or not considering. This isn’t true. Whilst my inclination is to avoid all intervention and conflict in general, I t
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American and Western foreign intervention: A tale of misconceptions

With the recent decision to bomb a Syrian chemical weapons factory by the United Kingdom, United States and France, debate has naturally turned into the reasoning behind the decisions. Are these interventions worth it? Will we be plunged into a Third World War? This opinion piece delves into some of my thoughts behind the issue and points that I think people are misunderstanding or not considering. This isn’t true. Whilst my inclination is to avoid all intervention and conflict in general, I t
The National Student

Society's antisemitism problem is far bigger than just Corbyn

“Let’s stay on the road to a strong economy”  superimposed on to a picture of the train tracks leading into Auschwitz. Meanwhile, embedded below, is part of a speech from former Green Party deputy leader Shahrar Ali in which he says:"Just because you observe the niceties of Holocaust Memorial Day.." The term "niceties" being used in relation to Holocaust Memorial Day should not sit right with anyone. In what way can something so vile, so traumatic have any "niceties"? John Mann, the MP who ch
The National Student

Saying obesity is a cause of cancer is not fat shaming

Comedienne Sofie Hagen did not see it like this, she saw it as fat shaming, and said as much in a series of tweets, one of which is embedded below. This has caused a debate online on whether the campaign does indeed amount to fat shaming. And quite simply, to attack this campaign is both misguided and reckless. This is not fat shaming. This is stating facts, being overweight is unhealthy and years of medical research overwhelmingly backs that up. Cancer Research UK believe too little of the p
The National Student

How a German soap opera was used as far-right Islamophobic propaganda

A month or so ago, a video on Raheem Kassam's Facebook page was brought to my attention. I've embedded the video below. In it, a young women speaking German converts to Islam in front of her son and insists to him, that as he is a child, he is also Muslim. Kassam's caption was " Oh. My. God. This is what German TV channels are "teaching" kids..." The subtitles are accurate, with the exception of the offensive "blah, blah, blah" translation while the woman recites the Shahada, the declaration o
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Why Poland's treatment of Jews is wrong on so many levels

When you talk about growing antisemitism in Britain, a lot of people will claim it a smear campaign designed to undermine the credibility of the left in this country. However, it is all part of a worrying trend in modern Europe, and nowhere is this more evident than Poland. This January, as the world was set to mark Holcaust Memorial Day, a day to remember the victims of the Holcoaust, as well as atrocities in Cambodia, Bosnia, and Darfur, Poland passed a law essentially outlawing any suggestio
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Why you shouldn't care about Trump's alleged 'sh*thole countries' remark

But at the end of the day, they are just words. Nothing more. I very much doubt people's lives will be affected that much by a 71-year-old's comments. His actions, however, will have massive repercussions and those made by him and predecessors are likely to cause massive problems. These countries that have been struck are the type of deprived countries that Trump was referring to. It seems them that it's ok to bomb a third world country, but refer to said countries as "sh*thole countries", th
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How the whole world has effectively bottled effective climate change action

Climate change, one of the key fundamental issues of not just my generation but the ones immediately before mine and likely after mine, is being ignored and not taken seriously enough. The issue has become a victim of the bi-partisanship of geopolitics. This is something that everyone in the world must work together on. But they're not because, you know, the left hates the right, the right hates the left, everyone hates the  and so forth. If climate change is not acted upon, then quite frank
The National Student

Patel makes a Priti big mistake

Patel, 42, who commands a massive majority of just under 19,000 had this summer flown to Israel on holiday. Whilst there, she had meetings with several Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and centrist opposition Yesh Atid leader former journalist and finance minister Yair Lapid. Meetings between British and Israeli officials aren't uncommon, just this week Netanyahu was in Downing Street. The two countries are important allies in finance and security. It starts ge
The National Student

Why Britain should not go cashless

Card payments are the most popular method of payment in the country, with contactless accounting for a third of all transactions. Eventually, consumers would have to pay back debts and would have to file bankruptcy if they haven't got the money. If cashless payments have encouraged mounting levels of debt, then surely moving to a point where payments that are only cashless is a very bad idea. And then, let's look at the impact of an entirely cashless society. Every payment is digital. If you
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Why denying Tube workers the right to strike sets a dangerous precedent

There was an inclination to say that TfL strikes should be banned, due to the inevitable disruption it would cause. But this is a very dangerous line of reasoning. As someone who has libertarian and conservative tendencies, I feel strike action should be avoided at all costs, and that sometimes they are unwarranted. But to completely ban them, goes too far the other way. Philosophy students would be aware of Aristotle's law of means - a virtue is the halfway point between two extreme vices.
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How Thomas The Tank Engine highlighted a key issue with modern day journalism

It noted shock at an episode in which Henry refused to move, scared the rain will ruin his paintwork. As a punishment, he's bricked into the tunnel. The article talks about how "horrifying" this is. I remembered the episode and story vaguely so interested to read more. The article tries to be a bit light-hearted referring to the Fat Controller as a "part-time despot" and then stating the character was " bossing others around to build a wall (sound familiar?)" I'm sure Donald Trump won't be

I disagree with Emma Dent Coad but saying she should be sacked is just silly

"Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity." This comes not long after Naz Shah also had a petition against her . Shah, MP for Bradford West, had liked a retweeted a post from a satirical Owen Jones account stating: Now, I find Shah's comments utterly deplorable and I don't agree with Dent Coad either, but to demand their resignation is quite frankly, ridiculous. Both are democratically elected, Shah took a large majority over Georg
The National Student

No, UKIP are not back

Can you name another UKIP policy other than leaving the European Union? The only thing that comes to my mind is the Burqa ban due to Vitamin D. Which was the worst policy of the 2017 election, which is saying something. They key was to make the party evolve and transform into something else. But since them UKIP has been crippled by in-fighting, Steven Woolfe being involved in an altercation in Strasbourg - UKIP can't even behave amongst themselves, imagine then negotiating for the nation. Do
Londonaholic

Why Uber shouldn’t lose its license

Everybody around me stops dancing when the music is slowly fading away. Security guards are showing people the exit and when I finally make it outside the club, I can feel the ache in my feet that I have been ignoring all night, my head continues to pound to the beat of the music and my stomach tries to expel all of the alcohol I have just consumed. All I want to do is to get home and fast. In 2012, the American taxi company Uber launched in London at perhaps the best time a company could ever
The National Student

If we want to take back our democracy, let's have a look at the House of Lords

Traditionally, the Lords has been more powerful than the Commons. In 1911 and the 1940s, legislation was changed to tip the balance of power in of those elected to sit in on the green benches of the lower house. Those sitting on red benches, cannot stop legislation, only delay it. They cannot force amendments which the Commons doesn't want and cannot delay a bill for more than two parliamentary sessions or one year. It's vital to have an upper chamber, in my view. This prevents complacency
The National Student

Why Uber shouldn't lose its license

Everybody around me stops dancing when the music is slowly fading away. Security guards are showing people the exit and when I finally make it outside the club, I can feel the ache in my feet that I have been ignoring all night, my head continues to pound to the beat of the music and my stomach tries to expel all of the alcohol I have just consumed. All I want to do is to get home and fast. In 2012, the American taxi company Uber launched in London at perhaps the best time a company could ever
The National Student

The story of the forgotten dictator

One man leads the Parliamentarians in this war. This man would later remove all those who disagreed with him within Parliament, imprisoning them for a short while before barring them. This was in order for him to win a majority. The autocratic ruler, who happens to be a King, is executed, despite there being no legal means to do so. He is guilty of treason, a crime he cannot be legally tried for. But, by removing dissidents this so-called parliamentarian manages to do so. He also later dissolv
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Am I a coconut?

Coconuts are brown on the outside, but they're white on the inside. I've been accused of being a coconut before - often tongue in cheek, but it brings me to an interesting point. Like - what the hell does that even mean? It seems to suggest there's a specific way for people who are British Indian like me and other ethnicities to act. In fact, I remember after a Philosophy lesson, I read that babies develop the ability to differentiate colours quite late during pregnancy, I was around five and
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Why proposals to ban anonymous Twitter accounts are misguided

This quite frankly, is an appalling idea. Firstly, we're going to put ourselves on a rather slippery slope if we give the government control over the internet and an independent privately owned company. There, is, of course, certain things which are wrong and should be banned from the internet of course - such as arms and drugs dealing as well as paedophilia. But, when it comes to this, it is a freedom of speech issue. If people genuinely feel that what they are writing is true - why should t
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