Brighton and Hove: How To Take On The Sun – And Win

Since 1979, no candidate for British Prime Minister has succeeded without the support of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper The Sun.

Despite its ingrained sexism and misogynistic attitude towards women; despite its racist and xenophobic barrage of headlines; despite the illegal activities of a number of its senior staff; and despite lying repeatedly about the deaths of 96 football fans; The Sun remains the most widely read newspaper in the UK.

Alongside the monarchy, the newspaper continues to be the most popular obstacle to democracy in the country.

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Nine Thousand Reasons To Stand Up

The idea had been born in the mind of Hazy Joe. So called not just because his name was Jonathan Haze, but also because each time he was seen he was engulfed by a cloud of marijuana smoke.

The only thing that the university cared about more than money was reputation. Though the two were inexorably linked.

The snow from the Winter of Discontent had begun to thaw, and though the battle had been lost, many still refused to believe that the war was over.

Politically the student movement had quickly learned that it had no power. The opposition to the university tuition fee rise was passionate, but ultimately futile. Abandoned by their political representatives, the students could only look to one another.

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The Lives We Have Saved

In the 12-months of 2015, myself and 11 other comrades embarked on a commitment of Effective Altruism.

Our pledge was to donate a percentage of our monthly wages to charities that are capable of making the biggest impact at the lowest cost. Embodying the very nature of the phrase “more bang for your buck”, we paid money to those organisations who could save, or at least drastically improve, the most lives.

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