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Opinion: helping others in challenging time is so gratifying

Opinion: helping others in challenging time is so gratifying

by Georgina Morgan. In years to come, people will have their own unique stories to tell about this period in their lives.  For me, I’d just started my dream job as a Recruitment Resourcer for an amazing company whose high standards and values reflect my own and then COVID-19 happened.  As a perpetual worrier who
Our life through a lens

Our life through a lens

musings by Chris Richards. These are strange days, we’re living in today Like Robbie Williams wrote in his first solo single (except for his George Michael cover of “Freedom” – also pertinent!) these are strange days and I really do want to be “Old Before I Die”. This pandemic, lockdown, unprecedented time, however it’s being
Coronavirus crisis opinion: my thoughts as a teacher and mother

Coronavirus crisis opinion: my thoughts as a teacher and mother

by  anonymous I am writing this on Friday, 20 March, 2020. As things are changing so fast I thought I should put the date for some context. Well what a week it’s been. As they say it’s certainly been emotional! As a teacher and mother of two children, I found the uncertainty very unnerving, let
Opinion: could coronavirus give society the shock it needs?

Opinion: could coronavirus give society the shock it needs?

by Charlotte Ndupuechi. At the last general election I felt hopeful we were about to see a change for the better. Knocking on peoples doors whilst canvassing, I got the feeling that people were starting to care about schools, social care, and the NHS particularly, and wanted to see those areas invested in. I was
Opinion: Austerity, Widening Health Inequalities and Falling Life Expectancy

Opinion: Austerity, Widening Health Inequalities and Falling Life Expectancy

by Councillor Dave Shields. Last week, Professor Sir Michael Marmot – commissioned by the independent think tank the Health Foundation – published a progress report into health inequalities following his seminal work Fairer Lives originally undertaken by the last Labour Government in 2010. Since that time he notes how life expectancy in England has stalled;
Opinion: The Preston Model – an answer to local government cuts?

Opinion: The Preston Model – an answer to local government cuts?

by Gary Hollands. The scale of Conservative cuts to local government has been devastating for council services. Central government has cut funding for councils by half since 2010. Southampton alone has lost £136.4 million over the last seven years. These cuts translate to the closure of nearly 800 libraries around the country. Youth services have
Opinion: why I believe anarchy is the way forward

Opinion: why I believe anarchy is the way forward

by The Secret Anarchist Anarchy is all too often a term associated with smashing things up and having “no rules”.  But if you scratch the surface you will find that it is not an absence of rules, but an absence of government that we seek.  In fact, being organised is the foundation of anarchism. It’s
Opinion: Seasonal cheer on Southampton Common

Opinion: Seasonal cheer on Southampton Common

by Lewis MacLean. The old cemetery site on Southampton’s Common is quite an extraordinary place. It serves as both a historical monument and functions for people in the city to exercise, quietly reflect and sometimes even just cut through on the walk to work. It has been a vital part of Southampton history and still
Trans Day of Remembrance – remembering those who lost the battle

Trans Day of Remembrance – remembering those who lost the battle

by Andi Maratos, Chrysalis CEO. The 20th November marks the day when trans people, and their allies, the world over take a moment to remember those whose lives have been lost through hate and transphobia over the last year. Being trans is not a lifestyle, it’s not a choice but an aspect of human diversity.
Why I’m taking part in the International Rebellion

Why I’m taking part in the International Rebellion

by Christelle Blunden. Today is be the start of the biggest international campaign of peaceful civil disobedience ever. Ordinary people – scientists, doctors, mothers, grandparents, youths, Muslims, Christians, farmers..will take to the streets and put themselves at risk of arrest to try to create an environment in which there is political will to do an
Opinion: adult social care services should be free

Opinion: adult social care services should be free

by Lorna Fielker. Councils up and down the country are struggling to meet the demand for social care. Years of central government underfunding and increases in demand due to an ageing population have forced social care to the brink of collapse. A year ago, Southampton City Council passed a motion urging the government to commit
Opinion: properly funded education is essential

Opinion: properly funded education is essential

by Charlotte Ndupuechi. As the new school year gets underway, with parents and carers setting their children into new classes and teachers eagerly planning for the year ahead, it’s an interesting time to reflect on the education system. The new prime minister Boris Johnson, has promised more money for education by 2022. But with ten
Opinion: why I joined Extinction Rebellion

Opinion: why I joined Extinction Rebellion

By Elaine Hunter. I was inspired to get involved in Extinction Rebellion (XR) after the rebellion in London. For me, the rebellion heralded a sense of hope and a feeling that things could change for the better. I, along with other members of the public, really empathised with XR. I have grown up knowing about