Dear Readers

Welcome to the ‘teenies’! Although much of the print and televised news over the Christmas break was dominated by our national inability to deal with the snow, it is clear that 2010 is going to be a big year in politics. With the infamous ‘Christmas-day-bomber’ provoking a knee-jerk reaction that will see the introduction of near-naked bio-metric scanners at airports, it is clear that the ‘war on terror’ is intensifying. So if you have any opinions you want heard, from international issues to ones relating to our current educational, economic and political crises, feel free to get in touch so we can feature your piece in our freshly redesigned Badger. In this way we can continue to function as a forum of debate on the issues we face in our University, in the government and beyond.

We would also like to reaffirm our commitment to producing a platform for the diverse views and opinions of our student body. The articles published in the comment section do not necessarily represent that Badger’s opinions, or those of the editors. Remember we want to stimulate lively debates in this section, but at the same time are committed to impartiality and professionalism in our own approach.

Finally we would like to say an enormous thank you to all those who contributed to the comment section last term.  With such a huge range of contentious issues on offer, The Badger’s Comment and Opinion section is a more vital tool than ever before in the constant battle to get your voices heard.  You can now get involved via our Facebook group (Comment & Opinion Writers at The Badger 2009/10) or by emailing us directly at badger-opinion@ussu.sussex.ac.uk, as well as keeping up to date with all our articles and leaving your own comments at thebadgeronline.co.uk/section/comment.

Gemma, Mark & Nicky

Comment & Opinion Editors

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