Author Archives: Nick Sutton

My struggle with depression #timetotalk

Time to talk 2015University, for many, is a truly liberating, exciting experience. University gives you a chance to be independent for the first time, to get away from home, to meet new people from a range of backgrounds and a chance to throw yourself into new experiences in a new place in a different part of the country.

However, for many to start with, myself included, it can also be extremely daunting. I still remember seeing all of my belongings sitting in my front room ready to be carted off. Before then, I had been putting it off in my mind that I had to go and had not considered what it would be like to be leaving. I had a happy, settled home life, with a close group of friends, a great girlfriend and a loving family. Suddenly, I had to leave. My whole life had to be put into the boot of a car and moved 200 miles away. My friends, my family and my girlfriend, would all be scattered across the country and I was going to have to make a new start in a different place away from them. Although for some this is an exciting prospect, for me it was one that filled me with worry and trepidation.

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Opinion: The depressing reality of the Paris Brown case

After an extraordinarily brutal last few days, 17 year old Youth Police Commissioner Paris Brown resigned from her post at Kent Police. In her resignation statement, she said that she was ‘quitting in the interests of the young people of Kent’ after supposed racist and homophobic tweets dating back a number of years had been found by Daily Mail journalists and ran with by several other major news organisations.

There is no doubting that the tweets themselves were offensive. At no point is it acceptable to engage in homophobic or racist behaviour and the comments should not be made by someone …

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Opinion: It’s time for Assange to stop using WikiLeaks as a smokescreen

On Friday, three women in Russia were handed two year prison sentences for walking into a Moscow cathedral and performing a three minute protest song about the rotten state of their government, led by one man (Putin) in some shape or other, for nearly 13 years. The verdict has been condemned by the UK, US and German governments, human rights groups and the EU, who see this as a real test of Russia’s and Vladimir Putin’s credentials as a the leader of a ‘democratic’ state, something that has been …

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    Regarding the threat of unemployment, I was surprised to read this afternoon (thanks to some research by David Raw) that Liberal William Beveridge, whose 1942...
  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 2nd Jun - 6:36pm
    Nick, I think you are a little too pessimistic about tax reform. This crisis may well provide the impetus for the kind of international cooperation...
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    @ JoeB, "However, the UK has had a persistent deficit since the mid-1980s and a persistent current account deficit over the longer-term is another matter."...
  • User AvatarJohn 2nd Jun - 5:47pm
    There are an awful lot of past battles being poured over. Not many people are talking about the issues of the future. Policies need to...
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    No. We need to start talking to people about the issues that matter to them, not niche interests that matter only to us. Our philosophy...
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    "While people in the UK were suffering all manner of deprivation and threats to life, resistance forces in France and other countries were making their...