We must acknowledge, not celebrate, our colonial history

Colston Hall, a renowned music venue and concert hall in Bristol, is once more the target of a petition to have its name changed. Colston Hall was named after Edward Colston, a rich official of the Royal African Company, which held the monopoly on slave trading in Britain during the 17th and 18th century. Bristol is an incredibly multicultural and diverse city, and it is an insult to the inhabitants of the city to have an important building such as this named after a figure whose wealth was gained through the slave trade.

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Mental health sufferers need more than empty promises

Despite active discussion on mental health and politicians pledging to make it a priority, little appears to have changed. Around 75 per cent of those suffering from mental health issues will not receive help or treatment, due to a fear of coming forward and a lack of resources for them to access. Less than one per cent of each local authority’s public health budget is spent on mental health on average, and in 2016 13 local authorities spent nothing at all, despite the public health act of 2013.


Social media can be an important tool in raising political awareness

Over 1.4million people have ‘checked in’ on Facebook at Standing Rock, a Sioux Native American reservation in North Dakota, where protesters are fighting against a new oil pipeline which could contaminate the tribe’s water source. Facebook has so far been playing a key role in the protest


Men avoid teaching because it is undervalued and seen as ‘feminine’

“Following World Teachers Day, the educational charity Teach First is pushing for more men to consider a career in teaching. Teaching is currently a predominantly female area with only 26% of primary and secondary teachers being male in England. This figure is only 15% when looking at primary education alone. In fact, one in four primary schools in England have no male registered teachers.”

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