All posts by Peter Whitehead


The View From The Octagon

The Octagon is a beautiful room. You walk in and are met by Shakespeare, Milton, and Chaucer all staring down at you. Right now, however, they are staring not at […]

Brittish Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during an international conference on Somalia at the Lancaster House in London on May 11, 2017. (DOD photo by U.S. Staff Sgt. Jette Carr)

Tories, Tactics, and Tuition Fees

I was listening to The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4, because I am just that cool, and one of the panellists was asked about Labour’s new policy on animal […]


There Is Power In A Union: Support the UCU Strikes!

It’s been coming for some time, but after reading week it will kick in. UCU have voted to go on strike, and many of us will be losing out on […]


Why ‘Spiked’ Rankings Are Bad

It’s that time of year again. The newspapers, I imagine, will soon be running a slew of ‘students have decided to imprison anyone who doesn’t agree with Marx/Gramsci’ articles. There […]

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Rees-Mogg: What Actually Happened?

So, Jacob Rees-Mogg spoke at our university. Tickets sold out within hours, which is unusual even given the quality events that the Mile End Institute puts on. The queue, I’m […]

End the boycott of the National Student Survey!

This week, I spoke for the motion to end the boycott of the National Student Survey, or NSS. Here’s why I believe that student council was completely right to vote for the motion. The argument for boycott is as so: the data will […]


How to Lose Jobs and Alienate People: or What Toby Young Teaches Us About Free Speech

This week, Toby Young was removed from his position on the OFS board after many of his appalling views were brought to light. What does the reaction tell us about […]


Simon Jenkins is Completely Wrong About Higher Education In A Move That Did Not Surprise Me At All.

This week, I want to deal with Simon Jenkins’ fresh out the oven hot take on education. Not only is it wrongheaded, it flies in the face of the spirit […]


How Brexit Got Even More ScreweDUP

This week’s Brexit negotiations yet again prove the weakness of May’s premiership and the attitude to the DUP indicates that the Conservatives have still not learned their lessons from the […]