Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom
Arts
778 views
778 views

Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom

Jude Whiley - October 21, 2019
Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
4542 views
4542 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018
CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite
#CINECITY
1684 views
1684 views

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite

Emma Nay - November 11, 2018
New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
2166 views
2166 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018
Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
1358 views
1358 views

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018
1107 views

Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018
1279 views

The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018
De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground
Arts
1463 views1
1463 views1

De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground

Hal Keelin - October 18, 2018
Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
1370 views
1370 views

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018
Sexual assault in the US government
Comment
1352 views
1352 views

Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018
What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
1282 views
1282 views

What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018
Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
1765 views
1765 views

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018
University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
Arts
1404 views
1404 views

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018
Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
Interview
1445 views
1445 views

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018
Why we should all embrace drag
Features
1678 views
1678 views

Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018
In Conversation with Alannah Myles
Arts
4075 views
4075 views

In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018
Brighton Needs You!
News
1487 views
1487 views

Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018
Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
1598 views
1598 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
France in Fine Fettle
Sports
1332 views
1332 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
1491 views
1491 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
1553 views
1553 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
1959 Views
17 Comments

Vote for Charlotte, not Charlatans

Charlotte Vere campaigning in September with environmentalist, and controversial ‘non-dom’, Zac Goldsmith. (Photo Charlotte Vere)

Charlotte Vere campaigning in September with environmentalist, and controversial ‘non-dom’, Zac Goldsmith. (Photo Charlotte Vere)

Let me begin by saying how the recent MP expenses scandal shocked and outraged us all – and rightly so. However, this does not justify judging Charlotte Vere, Conservative candidate for Brighton Pavilion, for the crimes of others. It certainly does not justify abandoning all sensible views and giving support to extremist fringe groups.

I have met Charlotte a few times now, and she is that rare thing in politics – someone who is not only witty, charming and compassionate, but also a real person. What I mean is that, unlike many politicians, she has extensive experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She does not live in an ivory tower, she lives in the real world, and can draw on this experience to bring about real, tangible change.

For example, she was CEO of an online mental health group called Big White Wall – Brighton has a serious homelessness problem, and this problem is inextricably linked to mental health. She is desperate to use her expertise to start reversing the damage that 13 years of Labour mismanagement has caused.

This is in stark contrast to Caroline Lucas, whose CV would read something like “protesting, milking MEP expenses, more protesting”. The Greens put on this eco-warrior image in the hope that no-one will see just how weak their policies are. Caroline Lucas is heavily relying on the student vote – but if elected, taxes in Brighton would rise substantially in order to pay for her pie-in-the-sky promises. Because students do not pay council tax, and get a lot of income from student loans, we would be unaffected; it is the hardworking people of Brighton, and the businesses trying to recover from the recession, that would carry the burden. If that’s her idea of “fairness”, she can keep it.

The Conservatives have a lot to offer students: we have pledged to make sure students get their loans on time, 10,000 extra university places in 2010, a bonus for students who repay their student loans early, and to streamline the path into a career by offering 1, 200 skills scholarships a year to apprentices. Furthermore, we will give scholarships to the children of all soldiers killed on active duty, and create a website to aid students choose the degree course that is most likely to lead to graduate-level employment in the future.

More seriously, students in the UK are repeatedly at risk of crime – 1 in 3 of us become victims at some point during our studies. The Conservatives are committed to make the law work again by protecting the victim instead of the criminal, by scrapping unnecessary paperwork and by letting more police get back onto the streets to do their jobs. We have also pledged to fight sexual crime, by setting up 15 new rape crisis centres around the country, and funding those that already exist.

The Conservatives have placed the environment at the front line of their policies from day one. Strangely enough, we rather enjoy conserving things. We have a clear plan to move Britain towards a low carbon economy by giving every household the right to £6,500 worth of insulation, introducing ‘smart grid’ and ‘smart meter’ technology, as well as carbon capture-and-storage, expanding off-shore, biogas and marine power, placing more restrictions on nuclear and coal power, encouraging electric or hybrid cars and also high-speed rail.

We are the only party to take energy security seriously – it is totally irresponsible for us to continue drawing most of our energy from unstable, high-risk regions of the world – not to mention Russia. I myself was in Prague this time last year when Russia cut off the gas to most of Eastern Europe – it was a terrifying feeling. Bringing our dependency on imported fossil fuels to a minimum is not just an issue of climate change, but of national security also.

The University of Sussex is unique, as we are the only university in England to be situated within a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Charlotte Vere shares our determination to keep it that way, and will utilise these Conservative policies to make sure we leave the Sussex Downs in a condition fit for future generations to enjoy. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, she is absolutely against fox-hunting.

On Wednesday 27th Charlotte was kind enough to come into Sussex to have a Q and A session with any students that had a bee in their bonnet. The questions were mostly out of curiosity, but a few were clearly critical. She answered them all gracefully, often agreeing with the views of the students. On the few questions she could not answer adequately, she had the honesty to admit it and promised to write back to the questioner. Her replies on business, finance and mental health were particularly strong. I was pleased to hear that she disagreed with the selling of Preston Circus fire station and that this years Gay Pride parade has had their money-worries solved by the Conservative-majority council.

At the end of the day, we must all vote for who we think is the best for the job. All I am asking is for the student body not to let the current atmosphere of political pessimism obscure their judgement. The Green Party’s argument of “moderate politics has failed”, is exactly what the BNP are saying. We should solve old problems, not vote in new ones. We all know what it is we must do – examine the parties, the candidates and their policies and come to an informed decision. So please, go on Charlotte’s website and see what she has to offer.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam
Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom
Arts
778 views
778 views

Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom

Jude Whiley - October 21, 2019
Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
4542 views
4542 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018
CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite
#CINECITY
1684 views
1684 views

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite

Emma Nay - November 11, 2018
New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
2166 views
2166 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018
Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
1358 views
1358 views

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018
1107 views

Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018
1279 views

The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018
De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground
Arts
1463 views1
1463 views1
Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
1370 views
1370 views

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018
Sexual assault in the US government
Comment
1352 views
1352 views

Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018
What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
1282 views
1282 views

What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018
Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
1765 views
1765 views

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018
University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
Arts
1404 views
1404 views

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018
Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
Interview
1445 views
1445 views

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018
Why we should all embrace drag
Features
1678 views
1678 views

Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018
In Conversation with Alannah Myles
Arts
4075 views
4075 views

In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018
Brighton Needs You!
News
1487 views
1487 views

Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018
Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
1598 views
1598 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018
France in Fine Fettle
Sports
1332 views
1332 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018
Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
1491 views
1491 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018
Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
1553 views
1553 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018
UEFA: Racism in the ranks?
Comment
23 views
23 views

UEFA: Racism in the ranks?

Rebecca Spencer - November 20, 2019
A guide to absorbing culture shock
Comment
22 views
22 views

A guide to absorbing culture shock

Rebecca Spencer - November 20, 2019
Queen’s speech: tradition or propaganda?
Comment
22 views
22 views

Queen’s speech: tradition or propaganda?

Remel Crichlow - November 20, 2019

17 Comments

  1. Just a few points:

    – ‘real, tangible change’ – er no, she’s a Tory. CONSERVATIVE. Stop trying to mask the Tory party in a veil of Obama-ness.

    – ‘Lucas is heavily relying on the student vote – but if elected, taxes in Brighton would rise substantially in order to pay for her pie-in-the-sky promises.’ No, Caroline Lucas, if elected as an MP, does not have the ability to change local taxation – that is FOR THE COUNCIL TO DECIDE, ok?

    – ‘we have pledged to make sure students get their loans on time,’ – wow, what an INCREDIBLE policy.

    – ‘ a bonus for students who repay their student loans early’ – GREAAAAT, let’s make RICH PAY LESS FOR UNIVERSITY, after all they are the ones who can afford it most – such a obnoxiously Tory policy it is embarrassing

    – ‘create a website to aid students choose the degree course that is most likely to lead to graduate-level employment in the future’ – create a website?! God, that’s brilliant. I mean careers advisers, a proper service actually, what’s the point of that? Or is a website the only thing you can offer?

    – ‘We have also pledged to fight sexual crime, by setting up 15 new rape crisis centres around the country,’ – this is strange, Boris Johnson’s spent his first term as London mayor CLOSING DOWN RAPE CRISIS CENTRES…

    – ‘to have a Q and A session with any students that had a bee in their bonnet. ‘ – most patronising comment ever. Dumb down politics, why don’t you.

    – ‘At the end of the day, we must all vote for who we think is the best for the job.’ and the TORIES ARE BEST AT HELPING THE RICH AND SCREWING OVER THE POOR

    – ‘introducing ‘smart grid’ and ‘smart meter’ technology,’ – much as I don’t want to give them credit, the Labour government announced these things AGES AGO

    – ‘The Conservatives have placed the environment at the front line of their policies from day one’ – oh, is that why the Tory councils REJECT MORE WIND-FARM APPLICATIONS THAN ANY OTHER COUNCILS?

    – ‘this years Gay Pride parade has had their money-worries solved by the Conservative-majority council.’ – great, subsiding disastrous businesses with tax payers’ money. Is this a ploy to make us think the Tories are gay-friendly? Don’t worry we haven’t forgotten Section 28 you brought in, Tories (inc Cameron) voting against giving gay couples equal rights to adoption and IVF, etc etc.

    ‘come to an informed decision’ – This is very sensible advice, thanks.

    Reply
  2. Hi economicturtle:

    1 – there is more to Conservativism than keeping everything the same. If that wasn’t the case, we wouldn’t bother with policies at all.

    2 – You are correct on that point, I made a mistake. It would have been more accurate for me to say that Lucas cannot support local business, because she knows nothing about it, because she has never had a real job. Or that she cannot represent our constituency if she is voted in by students who are only here for half the year. Or that if she ever became Prime Minister (God forbid) there would be the damage I mentioned, except on a far vaster scale.

    3 – presumably you think students waiting for weeks on end is an acceptable status quo

    4 – It makes sense to reward people who take the initiative in paying back their student loan

    5 – the website is just one of many policies

    6 – Johnson did increase funding compared to Ken Livingstone, just not as much as he originally promised. This is because the financial situation was probably rather better when he wrote the manifesto than after he was elected.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/oct/21/boris-johnson-rape-crisis-centres

    “Cleverly, who also chairs the London assembly health and public services committee, criticised opposition colleagues who he claimed had failed to air their concerns when his panel had scrutinised the mayor’s draft domestic violence strategy over the summer. “None of them turned up, which is why it’s so cynical.”

    7 – How dare I not take university-level politics too seriously!

    8 – Yes, that’s right, I wake up every morning thinking of new ways to screw over the majority of our population, oh shit, you got me

    9 – Could you reference that? Besides, these are just 2 examples of many, many, many environment policies

    10 – Firstly, IMHO, wind farms are expensive and ineffective. Secondly, many rural areas have a conservative majority, and the constituents simply don’t want wind farms in their area. It’s easy for city-folk to vote for them, they’re not the ones who would have to deal with them everyday

    11 – The gay pride parade brings a lot of business and tourism to the area and so is a good investment. The Tory group at my (our?) university has 2 gay members on our 7 member committee, so perhaps you can talk to them about it. I have taken personal interest in this issue, because I would never vote for a party I considered to be homophobic. Section 28 was wrong, but it’s in the past, just like Enoch Powell and the Monday Club. David Cameron has openly apologised for it. Gay people are normal people and so will not just vote on “gay issues”. There is no “gay vote”. They need jobs, education, transport, healthcare like the rest of us and so will vote Tory if they share my belief that the Tories are the best party to look after those things. I have brought this up with Charlotte Vere, and she agreed with me.

    Check out this article:
    http://conservativehome.blogs.com/platform/2010/01/david-bridle-gay-and-lesbian-supporters-of-the-tory-party-feel-they-can-once-again-follow-their-poli.html

    12 – A lot of students at my (our?) university are very “politically biased” to put it politely, and do need some nudging to come to an informed desicion.

    Reply
  3. Hi William

    Thank you for responding to my points. Just a few things that have tickled me.

    – I COMPLETELY agree with you about Caroline Lucas, she has never had a real job and I really find her difficult to stomach. She is a relentless PR machine. BUT, and despite this, I really do not think she will become our PM…

    – Regarding your comment about how Lucas cannot represent our constituency if she is voted in by students who are only here for half the year. It’s an interesting point, but surely this is one that is valid for ALL candidates, Green, Labour, Tory etc etc? I don’t agree with you on this, I think everyone has a right to representation, whether that is in their university or home town. What’s next? Half-votes for students? If you’re being consistent, second-home owners should have their suffrage restricted too. Should we get back to the days when wealthy individuals had several votes? One-person-one-vote is one of the most sensible things in our very mixed-up, in need of reform electoral system.

    – I don’t think that having the wealth and means – inheritance, rich parents – to pay back your student loan ahead of some clever sod who doesn’t have these privileges is really something that should be ‘reward[ed]’, as you put it. It’s not ‘tak[ing] the initiative either’.

    – ‘Yes, that’s right, I wake up every morning thinking of new ways to screw over the majority of our population, oh shit, you got me’ Thanks, I’ve never heard a Tory speak so earnestly. And trust me, I’ve spoken to members from all the major parties, one of the downsides of my previous job. Sure, Labour-ites are policy-mad technocrats, Libdems are policy-less and devilishly malevolent campaigners, but an EARNEST TORY? Whatever next.

    – Yes, these are two examples of many other Tory environmental policies. Fine. Except you mentioned THESE TWO EXAMPLES in your article, and THESE TWO EXAMPLES happen to be policies that Labour – the Government – has already said they will put in place.

    Here are the references you asked for, is the BBC an ok source for you? I have others, if you wish.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8389880.stm

    The article says that ‘Plans have also been announced for a smart grid to manage the flows of electricity and to increase the use of renewable energy’ AND ‘Plans for smart meters for millions of homes have been unveiled with trials suggesting the £8bn scheme may help people save £28 a year.’

    – Re windfarms, ‘they’re not the ones who have to deal with them everyday’. So, a few wind turbines, mm difficult to deal with. I agree with you that wind turbines are inefficient, I’m much more in favour of nuclear power, HOWEVER I believe that we need a mix of energy sources, which includes windfarms. I find your comment very helpful in proving that Tory NIMBYism still exists, and is acknowledged by Tories.

    – Actually, I take your point about Section 28 being in the past, even though Cameron did vote AGAINST its being repealed in the last decade. As in, not the 1980s, not the 1990s, but post-2000. However, more of an issue for me regarding my interest in the Tory party is the consistent voting AGAINST LGBT equality on various issues. For example, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, which gives more rights to same-sex couples who would like a child. I distinctly remember certain VERY HIGH PROFILE TORIES voting against this saying that it would ruin the family (the mythical heteronormative husband-wife family with 2.1 children). Denying same-sex couples the same rights IS homophobic.

    – I totally disagree that it’s a good investment. It’s a failing business with a terrible business model – have you seen how much they’re losing every year? Thought propping up loss-making businesses for no apparent reason was what Labour did…

    – I find your comment that ‘a lot’ of our peers at Sussex are ‘politically biased’ and need a ‘nudge’ to be ill-informed and reactionary. To be honest, I’d rather we had the SWP-rent-a-mob and the insane Green lot than legions of the apathetic at Sussex… If anything, THEY, the apathetic, are the ones who need a ‘nudge’. This is something we should all be working on, raising awareness of the political system and how it operates, encouraging participation and so on.

    PS William, your point no. 7 – I didn’t realise Charlotte Vere was in ‘university-level politics’. I really thought she was standing for Brighton Pavilion, you know, to be a MP for the British Parliament? WEIRD – I never saw her manifesto on the USSU site for sabbs elections…

    Reply
  4. Hi economicturtle

    Sorry for the slow reply.

    You have criticised the Tories, Lib Dems, Labour, SWP and the Greens. What actually are your views?
    “And trust me, I’ve spoken to members from all the major parties, one of the downsides of my previous job” – what was that? Out of curiosity.

    – I am glad we agree about Lucas. She is not likely to be PM anytime soon, but if the greens win this constituency, it will just encourage them more.

    – I overexaggerated about the voting. Students make up a vital part of Brighton’s trade, culture and population, and deserve to be represented. It just makes me angry that students can register to vote twice when, I assume, homeless people cannot register once.

    – I don’t think there are many people whose parents will pay outright for their fees. The policy is aimed at sending the message that graduates should use their degree to get a good job, start earning their own money, and pay back their loan sooner rather than later. This policy does not punish those who can’t, but does reward those who can. I think it’s a good policy.

    – The BBC article is dated 2/1/09
    I got my information from the Conservative party website:
    http://www.conservatives.com/Policy/Security_Agenda.aspx
    If you look at the downloadable document listed to the right on the top, you will see on the second page the date says 6/1/07
    This is another example of Labour stealing policies from the Conservatives, and another example of why I’m definitely voting Conservative.

    – I don’t think it is common to find “a few windfarms”, I think they usually have to be in very large numbers to have any affect at all. I am from a rural constituency (Suffolk coastal) and I think it is very hard for rural voters to get their voices heard, especially when snobbish left-leaning suburban/urban voters stereotype them as bigoted, ignorant, uneducated and even racist. If wind-farms were actually an effective energy source maybe there wouldn’t be so much NIMBYism. We have the Sizewell nuclear power plant, which no-one minds having in their back yard, because it is effective and doesn’t waste 20 fields that could be used for pasture or crops.

    – I am aware of Cameron’s voting record. It does make me uncomofortable, but he has apologised for S28 and we are now trying harder to reach out to gay groups. Correct me if I’m wrong, wasn’t that under William Hague? Hague was very firmly right-wing and raised eyebrows even from his own party. If the vote against repeal was a 2 or 3 line whip, Cameron may have felt he had little choice. He had only just become a new MP and wouldn’t have had the confidence to rebel against the party line. It depends which attempt at repeal you are talking about though. Cameron’s voting certainly wasn’t right, but we need to understand what kind of situation he was in at the time.
    Cameron stood for the leadership of the party on the platform of liberalisation, modernisation and change. To everyone’s surprise, the party voted for him instead of the traditionalist David Davis. I take this as proof that both the party and Cameron have moved beyond that part of our history.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article3606523.ece
    “What effect will the free votes have?

    All three clauses are still expected to pass. While about 50 Labour MPs may vote against, about 40 Conservatives and 50 Lib Dems are likely to back them. The majority could top 100.”

    I don’t know much about this issue but I think this is more about the Catholic/religious conservative element of the party. I do not support them, and Charlotte Vere is not one of them. Con. MPs elected by a very religious constituency have to represent the views of their electorate and their church. It seems to me that quite a few Cons supported the bill, and quite a few Labour MPs were against it. This is more about religion and morality than normal party politics.

    – “have you seen how much they’re losing every year? ”
    No, could you reference that?
    If the mostly-Tory council vote against it, they’re homophobic. If they vote for it, it’s financially irresponsible. It’s a lose-lose situation. I think they realised that not helping the Brighton gay-pride would have repercussions throughout the whole country and damage our chance to get back into Downing Street.

    – I agree with you that the fanatics are still better than the apathetic. I was thinking more of the Tory party’s general failure overall to reach out to young people, the persistent “nasty party” stereotype, and how difficult it is to get people just to give us a chance, especially in such a liberal-left university. If people disagree with us then fine, but they could at least have a quick glance at our website before writing us off forever.

    – Point taken. I was just trying to make a serious article a bit more light-hearted.

    Reply
  5. Hi Tibby,

    I am a member of the LGBT group, and we recently watched this documentary together for LGBT month:
    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/batty-man/4od
    I think it shows that rappers are contributing to homophobia, although obviously only within the working-class black community.

    His comment that
    “The most important instrument of the state is to allow head teachers to keep order in their schools. To search for things, without having to have evidence that there’s weapons involved. To set proper punishments in schools, to exclude pupils who are bullies, or take part in bullying, without being overruled by an appeals panel”
    Sounds sensible to me. Let teachers do their job, don’t drown them in red tape. They know how to do their jobs better than Gordon Brown does.

    Reply
  6. You said: ‘I think it shows that rappers are contributing to homophobia, although obviously only within the working-class black community.’

    Oh course that is cos only WORKING-CLASS BLACK people listen to rap, right?

    Own-goal.

    Reply
  7. Firstly a big thank you to Will for writing such an excellent piece on why we need a Conservative MP in Brighton Pavilion and what we hope to achieve. There are a couple of areas which I would like to expand upon.

    As a potential representative in national government for Brighton Pavilion, I am very clear about my role. It is to take up and act upon the concerns of our community. I am therefore involved in our train services, our health services, our voluntary sector and our business community.

    Will writes that I am against the sale of Preston Park fire station – this is not entirely correct. The truth is, I have no view on it. No one in our community has ever complained to me about moving the Preston Park fire station. If Nancy Platts, the Labour candidate, wants to make it the centre piece of her campaign, she is welcome to – I believe that Brighton has far bigger issues for our potential representative to involve themselves in and I don’t want to play politics with a fire station. I trust those with far more experience than I to decide the best place for fire station and don’t feel any pressure from the community to wade into this particular arena.

    However, I would also like to take the opportunity to expand on Will’s excellent summary of what a Conservative government will do for students. One of the most important things we will do for students is to get the economy moving again. Students need and want jobs when they graduate. Careers that are worthwhile and fulfilling in the public, private and third sectors – not pointless jobs that are created out of fresh air using buckets of taxpayers’ money (of which there is in any event none left). With the economy in the state it is in and the public finances shot to pieces, we have our work cut out – but I firmly believe that a Conservative government can create an environment for job creation and my experience has shown me that if people can afford to employ people, they will.

    For example, we will encourage people to set up businesses at home, which is where most businesses start. A Conservative government will remove the restriction in council tenancy agreements which currently prevents tenants from starting a business at home. This is a good example of fresh thinking – making things better without just throwing money at the problem.

    And finally, to Economic Turtle, your comments are genuinely funny. I haven’t been in politics for that long and I find your adherence to age-old, incorrect stereotypes about Conservatives amusing. Take off your blinkers, put tribal loyalties to one side and see where this country is; then make an informed decision about what will be best for the whole community – rich and poor, young and old, gay and straight …..

    Reply
  8. Hi Tibby,

    I am not an expert on rap music, but I get the impression this area of music is made mostly by Jamaicans or British-Jamaicans, for Jamaicans and British-Jamaicans

    I assume you took the time to actually watch the documentary I sent you – how many white faces do you see?

    As Cameron said, the best step towards tackling homophobia in young people overall is to give more control to headteachers and staff

    Please stop wasting my time with non-points

    Reply
  9. Tibby –

    I am getting tired of you saying things that make no sense, and I deeply resent that accusation.
    It is not racist to say that Jamaican music is more popular with Jamaican people, or people of Jamaican descent. I am not saying white people will not be influenced by this kind of music if they listen to it, but I don’t think many white people do listen to it.

    Getting back to the original point:
    David Cameron was correct to say we should have stricter controls on the type of music allowed in our country, but this issue only affects a small part of the population. Giving more control to teachers is the most important thing.

    Reply
  10. William.

    Regarding your points about how black music is supposedly FOR black people etc etc, you are entirely wrong.

    Please stop wasting my time with non-posts.

    Reply
  11. It is not racist to say that Jamaicans (or Brits descended from) are more likely to listen to Jamaican music, and I deeply resent the accusation
    If young white people did listen to this music, then I’m sure it would have a negative affect on them too – but I don’t think many white people do listen to this music

    Reply
  12. Tibby

    How is it that William has expressed anything conceivable as racist? He directed your attention to a video that expands on the association between certain aspects of Jamaican rap-music and the incitement of homophobia. Let us remember, homosexual acts or, in Jamaican law, the “abominable crime of buggery”, is met with liability to imprisonment and hard labour not exceeding ten years. A July 08 poll carried out in Jamaica that read: “Whether or not you agree with their “lifestyle,” do you think homosexuals are entitled to the same basic rights and privileges as other people in Jamaica?” Of the respondents, only 26% said “yes,” with 70% saying “no” and 4% undecided.

    The litmus test of the Tory Party is not their ability to tackle homophobic bullying in this country; indeed, the priority of any Party ought to be the economy. As Charlotte has already said, we need to take off our blinkers and take a seriously look at what the Tory Party has to offer in face of the serious economic situation we’re faced with.

    Reply
  13. A: Yes yes we ALL know that many Jamaicans have a far less liberal approach to homosexuality than we would like, and I think there is a strong case for positiive education campaigns, public information etc on the issue. But you’ve missed the point:

    MY ISSUE IS THAT PROTHERO THINKS BLACK PEOPLE LISTEN TO BLACK MUSIC AS IF THIS IS A FACT.

    I suppose, as a white man, I should only read texts by white men.

    Reply
  14. Pingback: Who is No2AV’s Charlotte Vere? « the red rock

  15. Good day!
    Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Cheers

    Also visit my blog post … QNUPS

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

Another Wave of Strike Action to Hit Sussex Campus
Campus News
96 views
Campus News
96 views

Another Wave of Strike Action to Hit Sussex Campus

Becca Bashford - November 18, 2019

  By Heather McKnight. Sussex University and College Union (UCU) members are among those at sixty UK universities to vote for another wave of industrial action. Unless…

‘Numb’ and ‘Three Fifths Human’ – Black History Month poems by Shaznay Martin
Arts
146 views
Arts
146 views

‘Numb’ and ‘Three Fifths Human’ – Black History Month poems by Shaznay Martin

shaznaymartin - October 22, 2019

‘Numb’ I’m numb at this point Literally, I can’t feel my joints. My body is an empty vessel My mind is absent - I’m tired of the…

Sussex’s student-led campaigns making a difference right now
Campus News
272 views
Campus News
272 views

Sussex’s student-led campaigns making a difference right now

Chris Ahjem - October 21, 2019

With over 20,000 students enrolled at the University of Sussex, it’s not surprising that many of them take an interest in changing the world around us -…

Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom
Arts
778 views
Arts
778 views

Steve Coogan: From Student Life to Stardom

Jude Whiley - October 21, 2019

The last time I was in Lewes, somebody attempted to blind me. Looking for friends at the Bonfire festival, and exhausted by miles of walking, I’d crouched…

‘Stand-Up History Brighton’ – A Review?
Arts
192 views
Arts
192 views

‘Stand-Up History Brighton’ – A Review?

Jude Whiley - October 8, 2019

I feel a particular ambivalence toward review and criticism. While I have used them in the past to filter my consumption, I’ve also found myself incredulous at…

Katy Perry’s latest controversy captures contemporary Pop’s key problems
Comment
259 views
Comment
259 views

Katy Perry’s latest controversy captures contemporary Pop’s key problems

Gemma Laws - October 4, 2019

In July, a six-year-old song struck a chord in pop culture for all the wrong reasons. Following a four-year legal battle, a Los Angeles jury declared that…

‘We’re Bringing our Worlds to an Audience’ – Rokia Traoré on the Brighton Festival
Music
1147 views
Music
1147 views

‘We’re Bringing our Worlds to an Audience’ – Rokia Traoré on the Brighton Festival

Lara Antoine - February 15, 2019

We are nearing that time of year where Brighton is flooded with arts and culture festivals. Following shortly after the Fringe, Brighton Festival runs from 4th- 26th…

Christmas Queens: Spilling the tea with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kameron Michaels and Asia O’Hara
Interview
3549 views
Interview
3549 views

Christmas Queens: Spilling the tea with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Kameron Michaels and Asia O’Hara

Chris Ahjem - November 27, 2018

Tis the season, to indulge in some incredible drag performances! Iconic queens spanning many series of RuPaul’s Drag Race will grace the Brighton Dome on December 3…

Remakes and Reimaginings: Suspiria (2018)
#CINECITY19
2082 views
#CINECITY19
2082 views

Remakes and Reimaginings: Suspiria (2018)

Yazz James - November 13, 2018

Suspiria is a surprising and radical reimagining of Dario Argento’s 1977 film. The story is centred around Susie Bannion (Jessica Harper/Dakota Johnson), a young American, who moves…

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig
Arts
4542 views
Arts
4542 views

Full Discussion with Little Green Pig

Kate Dennett - November 12, 2018

We got the chance to talk to Catherine from Brighton & Hove’s local organisation, Little Green Pig, who work with young people to unlock their imaginations and…

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite
#CINECITY
1684 views
#CINECITY
1684 views

CINECITY Opening Night: The Favourite

Emma Nay - November 11, 2018

I did not always believe in the magic of cinema. Sitting in one of a thousand identical cinemas, looking at the waves of unoccupied seats, can make…

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero
Arts
2166 views
Arts
2166 views

New Poets Take to the Stage at Hi Zero

Roxana Xamán Mc Gregor - November 8, 2018

On the 30 November it was the last Tuesday of the month, meaning, of course, I was at The Hope and Ruin ready for Hi Zero, as…

Poets and Musicians Against the Arms Trade Preview
Arts
1591 views
Arts
1591 views

Poets and Musicians Against the Arms Trade Preview

Emma Nay - November 6, 2018

On the 10th of November in Falmer Bar’s own Room 76 a series of musicians and poets are coming together to protest against the arms trade. The…

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: 50th Anniversary
Arts
1575 views
Arts
1575 views

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning: 50th Anniversary

Hal Keelin - November 2, 2018

As one of the best things to come out of the 20th Century nears its 50th anniversary, it is a chance to look back at Laurie Lee’s…

Self-Representation – Women of Colour in Publishing Event
Arts
1437 views
Arts
1437 views

Self-Representation – Women of Colour in Publishing Event

Florence Dutton - October 29, 2018

Over recent years, relentless injustice has caused a surge in female self-reclamation, especially across the media. More and more women from marginalised communities and backgrounds are coming…

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt
Arts
1358 views
Arts
1358 views

Poets Wow Crowds at The Haunt

Alice Gledhill - October 25, 2018

On Sunday evening, The Haunt welcomed a trio of poets from America and Canada as part of Neil Hilborn’s UK tour, treating guests to an uplifting night…

Top Stories
1107 views

Brighton and Beyond

Rachael Naylor - October 24, 2018

Finding your feet in a brand new city can be overwhelming and confusing at first, however Brighton offers a range of alternative travel options to satisfy all…

Freshers 2018
1279 views

The best breakthroughs of 2018 thus far

Sabrina Edwards - October 22, 2018

As we begin a new school year, this is a great time for Sabrina Edwards, the new Science editor, to reflect on the best scientific breakthroughs of…

De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground
Arts
1463 views1
Arts
1463 views1

De-Stressing with Rob Cowen’s Common Ground

Hal Keelin - October 18, 2018

Upon my transfer to Sussex University, I found Robert Cowen’s Common Ground a particularly comforting read. After nearly a year out from academic study, I was finally…

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again
Arts
1370 views
Arts
1370 views

Johnny English Fails to Strike Again

Alice Gledhill - October 18, 2018

Striking up laughter in cinema screens once again, Rowan Atkinson may have given up playing lovable Mr. Bean, but he hasn’t retired as Johnny English just yet.…

Sexual assault in the US government
Comment
1352 views
Comment
1352 views

Sexual assault in the US government

Tom Robinson - October 17, 2018

“I believed he was going to rape me.” are the stand out words in Christine Ford’s final testimony at the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh as an…

What’s ACCA-ning?
Arts
1282 views
Arts
1282 views

What’s ACCA-ning?

Emma Nay - October 16, 2018

  All you need to know about autumn at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts If you have not seen the ACCA’s new autumn programme, you…

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols
Arts
1765 views
Arts
1765 views

Review: Journeying with Grace Nichols

Kate Dennett - October 12, 2018

In celebration of Black History Month, Sussex Student Union organised a number of interesting talks and events across October. One of these exciting opportunities was a chance…

Review: Suzanne Ciani & Martin Messier at the ACCA
Film & Theatre
1467 views
Film & Theatre
1467 views

Review: Suzanne Ciani & Martin Messier at the ACCA

Anonymous - October 10, 2018

At the outset, Mr Messier’s FIELD at once invoked The Matrix and Daedalus’ Boiler Room set.  The basic concept of this mixed media performance relies on transducer…

Shelf Help: The Organisation Encouraging Self-Development
Arts
2183 views
Arts
2183 views

Shelf Help: The Organisation Encouraging Self-Development

Kate Dennett - October 10, 2018

To commemorate to this year’s Mental Health Awareness Day, I found it increasingly difficult to draw attention to just one book of relevance in recognition of this…

Freshers’ Week from a second year perspective
Campus News
1721 views
Campus News
1721 views

Freshers’ Week from a second year perspective

Chris Ahjem - October 9, 2018

Annually, the University of Sussex welcomes thousands of new students to our Falmer campus and every year the Student’s Union and Brighton based clubs and businesses increase…

National Badger Day: 10 fun facts you might not have known
News
3267 views
News
3267 views

National Badger Day: 10 fun facts you might not have known

Chris Ahjem - October 6, 2018

To celebrate National Badger Day here are 10 fun facts about our animal kingdom namesake Badgers can run up to 16-19 miles per hour which is the…

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week
Arts
1404 views
Arts
1404 views

University of Sussex Joins Libraries Week

Kate Dennett - October 6, 2018

This coming week marks the celebration of Libraries Week, an event solely dedicated to praising the work of libraries across the UK. This annual event is taking…

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin
Interview
1445 views
Interview
1445 views

Oscar Jerome at The Hope and Ruin

Alex Leissle - October 4, 2018

The young star is often a tricky title to navigate. There are the big names, who explode into the world with noise, bright light, a big record…

How Fenty Beauty changed the face of the makeup industry
Lifestyle
2418 views
Lifestyle
2418 views

How Fenty Beauty changed the face of the makeup industry

Rachel Badham - October 3, 2018

Fenty Beauty, launched in September last year, is a makeup line created by global superstar Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as Rihanna. It’s not uncommon for celebrity…

Why we should all embrace drag
Features
1678 views
Features
1678 views

Why we should all embrace drag

Chris Ahjem - October 3, 2018

Once an art form disregarded by many, 2018 bears witness to the continuous rise of drag as a legitimate, celebrated art. Spearheaded by RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag…

In Conversation with Alannah Myles
Arts
4075 views
Arts
4075 views

In Conversation with Alannah Myles

Anastasia Konstantinidou - October 3, 2018

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Alannah Myles, the 1991 Grammy winner for best female rock vocal performance for her outstanding vocal abilities for the…

Brighton Needs You!
News
1487 views
News
1487 views

Brighton Needs You!

Anonymous - September 28, 2018

Brighton is a vibrant and thriving city that many students at Sussex are lucky enough to call home. But there are many in the area in need…

Books Every Fresher Should Read
Arts
1598 views
Arts
1598 views

Books Every Fresher Should Read

Anonymous - September 19, 2018

Starting university comes with both exciting but potentially daunting changes, with both moving away from home and studying at degree level posing to be two new challenges.…

INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist
Film & Theatre
1426 views
Film & Theatre
1426 views

INCREDIBLES 2: The Sequel with a Feminist Twist

Olek Młyński - September 18, 2018

One key film in the development of anyone who grew up in the early 2000s was The Incredibles (2004). It’s comedy, vibrancy, and general sense of fun…

France in Fine Fettle
Sports
1332 views
Sports
1332 views

France in Fine Fettle

Anonymous - September 17, 2018

Prior to the start of the quadrennial tournament this summer, football fans across the world grew sceptical over Russia’s credentials and ability to host the most prestigious…

Dive into Brightonian Culture
Arts
1491 views
Arts
1491 views

Dive into Brightonian Culture

Sorrel Linsley - September 17, 2018

Boredom is impossible when you throw yourself into everything this weird and wonderful city has to offer. The specific and unique cultural wonders of Brighton are indeed…

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?
Arts
1553 views
Arts
1553 views

Oh, baby, baby, did you see Britney at Pride?

Anastasia Konstantinidou - September 15, 2018

During this year’s Pride Festival, Brighton had the honour of welcoming international pop star and voice of the early 2000s, Britney Spears, to the main stage. Undoubtedly,…

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate
Campus News
3673 views1
Campus News
3673 views1

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate

Jordan Wright - April 27, 2018

Written by the News Team. Student society Liberate the Debate’s most recent event was cancelled over a lack of compliance with the Students' Union's (USSU) requirement for…

Does the University do enough to help integrate international students?
Comment
25 views
Comment
25 views

Does the University do enough to help integrate international students?

Rebecca Spencer - November 20, 2019

YES Bogdan Gherasim Brighton is a completely new world for me! Even though I heard about it and saw it on the internet, the fact that I…

UEFA: Racism in the ranks?
Comment
23 views
Comment
23 views

UEFA: Racism in the ranks?

Rebecca Spencer - November 20, 2019

By Will Day - staff writer Monday October 4th, is a day that Tyrone Mings will never forget. His international debut, a day that should have been…

A guide to absorbing culture shock
Comment
22 views
Comment
22 views

A guide to absorbing culture shock

Rebecca Spencer - November 20, 2019

By Mallaury Martin - Staff Writer Going abroad can be both a life-changing experience and the hardest adventure ever. Living in another country helps see a different culture, and…

Queen’s speech: tradition or propaganda?
Comment
22 views
Comment
22 views

Queen’s speech: tradition or propaganda?

Remel Crichlow - November 20, 2019

By Max Kilham - staff writer With the shambles that is Brexit having been further extended to the 31 January 2020, it is important to consider the…

Greta: Breaking patriarchy
Comment
21 views
Comment
21 views

Greta: Breaking patriarchy

Rebecca Spencer - November 20, 2019

By Saumya Jain - staff writer Greta Thunberg was recently declared to be the greatest threat to the fossil fuel industry by the Organization of the Petroleum…

Confessions of a volun-tourist
Comment
22 views
Comment
22 views

Confessions of a volun-tourist

Rebecca Spencer - November 20, 2019

By Elizabeth Adams When I was 16, I travelled to Swaziland to build a kitchen. I worked a Saturday job at a Cattery. I sold crochet Christmas…

Cultural Bite – rice burger
Culture
37 views
Culture
37 views

Cultural Bite – rice burger

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Vanessa Hung   If you are getting tired of normal burgers and craving for Japanese food at the same time, the rice burger would be your…

Day tripper’s spotlight – Hever Castle
Lifestyle
31 views
Lifestyle
31 views

Day tripper’s spotlight – Hever Castle

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Josh Talbot   Dating back to the 13th century, Hever Castle was once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother…

Put The Colour Back Into LGBTQ+
Culture
37 views
Culture
37 views

Put The Colour Back Into LGBTQ+

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Ahmed Negm   Brighton is often described as one of the most diverse and tolerant places within the UK. People from all around the world come…

Green spaces in Brighton
Lifestyle
33 views
Lifestyle
33 views

Green spaces in Brighton

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Joshua Talbot   Brighton is a beautiful city that gives off many lovely vibes, but what is even more wonderful is the presence of green spaces…

Getting Involved in the Brighton Music Scene
Lifestyle
37 views
Lifestyle
37 views

Getting Involved in the Brighton Music Scene

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Connor Langham It’s no secret that the music scene in Brighton is thriving. You only have to sit on the throne in any pub toilet to…

Year in the industry
Lifestyle
32 views
Lifestyle
32 views

Year in the industry

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Joshua Talbot More and more employers require experience in the industry as well as qualifications, so how does the University of Sussex help its students to…

Nights out on campus
Lifestyle
32 views
Lifestyle
32 views

Nights out on campus

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Joshua Talbot When it comes to nights out Brighton has a lot to offer, so when you’re planning your evening, usually heading into the city centre…

Burgers of Brighton
Lifestyle
36 views
Lifestyle
36 views

Burgers of Brighton

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Joshua Talbot When you think of meals to get when you eat out, somewhere on that list is probably a burger and chips. If not, why…

Lifestyle
35 views

The importance of maintaining a work-life balance as a student

vanessahtl - November 19, 2019

By Mehek Shahzad Beaches, bars, an endless array of restaurants and an abundance of galleries and museums – what more could you want from a student city?…

Badgers centre stage: Showcase!
Arts
55 views
Arts
55 views

Badgers centre stage: Showcase!

Jess - November 19, 2019

For some of you last week may have been time of peacefulness and calm, yet on campus it was a whirlwind of drama, courtesy of SUDS. They…

Giselle: A review
Arts
41 views
Arts
41 views

Giselle: A review

Jess - November 19, 2019

Dada Masilo’s Giselle presents the fourth reinterpretation of a ballet classic by the female choreographer, following her reimagining of Romeo and Juliet (2008), Carmen (2009) and Swan…

Whitehawk FC nominated in the sports awards 2019
Sports
42 views
Sports
42 views

Whitehawk FC nominated in the sports awards 2019

Melissa Rosalind White - November 18, 2019

By Patrick Isitt In their final home game before the Sussex Sports Awards on Friday, Whitehawk FC comfortably saw off Whitstable Town in a 3-0 victory at…

Want to oust the Conservatives? Vote where it matters.
Comment
121 views
Comment
121 views

Want to oust the Conservatives? Vote where it matters.

Jude Whiley - November 18, 2019

As I write, a sound dances on my ear drums, stirs my attention. I look out the window and see snowflakes. The sound persists. I’m disturbed. Is…

Rising sea temperatures are turning baby sea turtles female
News
39 views
News
39 views

Rising sea temperatures are turning baby sea turtles female

Becca Bashford - November 18, 2019

  By Angel Woo. With the temperature of the global climate rising, the number of female baby sea turtles is increasing. The temperature during incubation has the…