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Coronavirus Opinion Politics

Boot Out Boris – Time For A British Revolution

As I write this, Boris Johnson is bouncing yet another dead cat on the desk in the shape of Free School Meals. Unlike other dead cats, such as Operation Moonshot, feeding children is actually real and important. But in the end Boris & Cummings are quite happy to have the media screaming about the issue. […]

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Coronavirus Opinion Politics

Crazy-Right: The Bastard Love Child of Fascists and Conspiracy Theorists

“Garbage in, garbage out” is an idiom I often used in my days working for technology companies. Basically, a computer system is only as good as the information flowing into it. After spending a few hours with anti-lockdown / anti-mask protestors, AKA Covidiots, it’s clear the human brain operates in exactly the same way. For […]

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Coronavirus Philosophy

In the World of COVID, Technology Is Not Our Friend

In Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, he argues that a pandemic was the best time, for the state, to institute a panopticon on society – a society in which, power could be exercised, not through force or violence, rather via surveillance: “The plague-stricken town, transverse throughout with hierarchy, surveillance, observation, writing; the town immobilized by […]

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Community Coronavirus

Without Community, There Is No Labour

In this guest article for Periscope Nottingham, Broxtowe Labour Party Youth Officer Sophia Buxton writes about her experiences as part of the group of local activists that have been putting the ideas of community organising into practice during the COVID crisis.  Solidarity is about having a positive presence in the community, and this is the […]

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Coronavirus

Covid-19: Understanding the Immune Response

Covid-19 continues to spread globally, in many places unabated. From the first origins of the disease in Wuhan, Chinese scientists have been rushing to find an effective immune based treatment and vaccine. In order to do so the immune response of the virus must be fully understood. How does the human immune system Function normally? […]

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Coronavirus

The Hidden Pandemic

*Content warning: detailed discussion on mental health issues* In the UK, 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health condition at some point in their life, and around 1 in 6 are suffering from a common mental health disorder in any given week [1]. Most people will have had or know someone that […]

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Coronavirus

Clampdown: Government Repression and Coronavirus in Belarus

In a photo opportunity that would have landed any western politician on their arse, the current Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko, pulls up to the side of an ice rink, outfitted in extremely fetching National ice hockey garb, to proclaim ‘there are no viruses here.’ ‘Sport’ and ‘Ice’ he believes are the ‘best actual anti-virus remedy.’ […]

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Coronavirus

Montaigne’s Guide to Social Media Overdose: How Philosophy Can Help Us During Lockdown

It is often remarked that ideas are considered with far greater seriousness after their author has been dead a few centuries. Although the ideas I intend to explore here were written first by a man who has indeed been dead for a number of centuries, I ask the reader to believe me when I say […]

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Coronavirus

Instances of Abuse of African’s in Guangzhou are Cause for Great Concern

Content warning: Assault and Racial Abuse. In a guest article for Periscope Nottingham, Temi Odugbesan explains the suffering being inflicted on the African population in China and what action you can take to help. It breaks my heart to see that there has been a violation of human rights in China, Guangzhou against non-Chinese citizens […]

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Coronavirus

‘Five Cobra Meetings? That’s Insane!’

On Sunday 19th March 2020 a surprising shift occurred in discourse from the Murdoch-owned right-wing press where The Times reported “failings in February may have cost thousands of lives.” The article cites a senior advisor to Downing Street who “broke ranks” and blamed a “failure of leadership” for the UK’s inability to combat the coronavirus […]