What has the referendum done for us? by Angela Caldin

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted by a small majority of 52% to leave the European Union. In the three weeks since this rather unexpected result, the nation has experienced a number of equally unexpected happenings: the prime minister, David Cameron, has resigned, leaving to others the task of clearing up the mess he has so cavalierly created; the idea that he might lose the referendum having apparently not occurred to him the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has not resigned though most of his fellow MPs sincerely wish he… Read More

Alone again by Trevor Plumbly

A bad marriage? The great exit didn’t come as much of a surprise to me, or (much to Emily’s chagrin) that bigger disappointment. In terms of social services, England’s been bursting at the seams for some years, so something had to give. It’s all very well and good for Scotland and Northern Ireland to protest, but both have little or no overpopulation worries; therefore they largely escaped the stress caused by the huge influx of foreign workers and refugees adding to an already strained job market. It could be argued that the… Read More

City Living by Trevor Plumbly

Cracks in the Concrete Having recently moved from a relatively small city to the largest in the country, I’m still a bit bemused by the difference in the social aspects. Dunedin is a somewhat staid city, rightly proud of its university, heritage and secure lifestyle, while Auckland is a melting pot of cultures, commerce and race. Auckland currently houses almost a quarter of the country’s population and continues to grow at a pace it simply isn’t capable of absorbing: put simply the place can only embrace so many before real problems present… Read More