No man should have so much power

Kanye ‘400 years of slavery was a choice’ West reminds the public that there is power in our consumption.


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Many fans have supported the rapper Kanye West’s music through streaming his tracks on Spotify and through media. Fans have also supported Kanye West with every Google search and every YouTube view. Regardless if the reasons are good or bad, his loyal fans continue to support him often unknowingly or merely choosing to ignore that reality.

When Kanye West attempted to promote his upcoming album, the public was reminded of how much power they have as they have decided to no longer contribute to his music after his most recent statement.
West appeared on an entertainment site TMZ live on May the 1st where he spoke as the plainly ‘free thinker’ that he thinks he is and stated that 400 years of slavery was a choice. Once again, a choice.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years—for 400 years?! that sounds like a choice” he said during an appearance on the entertainment site. “Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”
West was expressively condemned for his comments by TMZ’s Van Lathan who ultimately said what most were thinking: “I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” Lathan added. “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. And the reason why I feel like that is because, Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion. You’re entitled to believe whatever you want’’.

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West later defended his comments, saying that they were misinterpreted and that he “brought up the 400 years point because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years”.
“We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought It was just an idea,” he tweeted. West’s deluded and hurtful comments on slavery are the final straw for many – and his #Wevsthepeople theory and the idea that his battle with the media is akin to “a modern-day Willie Lynch theory” further emphasises that.
Fans go on a social rampage expressing how they feel about the rapper


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Windrush: 63 people could have been wrongfully deported

The Home Office may have wrongfully deported 63 members of the Windrush generation, the home secretary has revealed.



Appearing in front of the home affairs select committee on 15th of May for the first time as home secretary, Sajid Javid, told MPs that 63 individuals had been identified as possible wrongful deportees.
The Home Office made the discoveries after investigating 8,000 deportation records of Caribbean-born immi-grants aged 45 and over.
Javid said that the figures were not conclusive and could change as his department continues their examina-tion of deportation records.
He said: “I’ve asked officials to be absolutely certain and thorough and check over every record and make sure.”
The wrongful removal of members of the Windrush generation applies to Caribbean nationals who were living in the UK legally and arrived in the country before 1973.
Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, said she was “glad we’ve got this figure”.
“I’ve been asking them for some time of the number of those who have been deported. I also want to know the figures of those who have been detained,” she said.
Sadiq Khan responded to the news on Twitter.
He said: “Shocked to hear Home Sec has admitted to Parliament that 63 people from the #Windrush genera-tion may have been wrongly deported. Govt must urgently provide answers on exactly how many have been affected, and what action is being taken to right this wrong.”







Anger as Grenfell fire review fails to urge cladding ban

A review on building regulations after the Grenfell Tower tragedy has called for a “radical rethink” of the safety system but will not recommend an explicit ban on combustible cladding and insulation, despite demands from Grenfell Tower survivors backed by architects, building firms and fire safety experts.

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In a government-commissioned report, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, the review has been looking into regulations around design, construction and management of buildings in relation to fire safety.
In her final report, Dame Judith – a senior engineer who used to chair the Health and Safety Executive – said her proposals would result in a new regulator to oversee the construction and management of buildings, starting with 2,000 to 3,000 “high risk” residential buildings with more than 10 stories.
The report strongly criticised the existing system, which Dame Judith said had resulted in a “prime motivation is to do things as quickly and cheaply as possible… A race to the bottom”.
But she did not call for a ban on materials capable of burning from tall buildings, saying: “This is most definitely not a question of the specification of cladding systems.
Seventy-one people died in the fire in Grenfell Tower last June and following the fire, cladding on hundreds of buildings failed safety tests.
Critics have shunned the move to not ban flammable cladding on high rise buildings, with many taking to social media to air their concerns.
One commentator tweeted: “Appalled by the decision to not ban cladding. Do people’s lives matter at all? Who benefits from this decision #GrenfellTower”
Another said: “Shocking #GrenfellTower report. No cladding ban? report is very, very weak. I think they forgot 71 people died as a result of this.”
According to BBC News, Dame Judith’s appointment to lead the review had been met with some criticism due to her former role as director of the Energy Saving Trust. The organisation promotes insulation containing a foam known as polyisocyanurate (PIR), blamed for fuelling the fire at Grenfell.
But the government said Dame Judith was “an independent and authoritative voice”.

Students complain on overpriced shops on campus

The shops on campus in University of Essex are described as expensive in comparison to super store Tesco says students of university of Essex who were shopping in the student union shop.
The student union runs most of the commercial service on campus reflecting the university international community. After carrying out a survey outside the student union shop on the 3rd pf December, 11 students described the shops to be very expensive.

A student named Rebekka, said “the shops on campus are over charging students when the same items can be bought cheaper in Tesco” A pasta sauce that costs £0.75p in Tesco costs £1.35 in the student union store. A bar of Cadbury chocolate that costs £1.00 in Tesco costs £1.29p in the SU shop. Essential items such as toiletries that are supposed to be cheap especially for students are also costly. A packet of 6 toilet paper costs £7.60 whereas in Tesco it costs £4.85p.
There is a distance from Hythe Tesco and campus leaving students no choice but to do their shopping on campus. The walk is described as “off-putting” by a student named Jeffery.

Other than the overpriced shops, the student union employs about 380 student staff and 50 permanent staff to work in its shops, venues. The students wish for the prices of the shops on campus to be cheaper.

After interviewing the President of Student Union Zoe Garshong on the 5th of December 2017 she said she will consider the matter to see what she can do to help. She added “The SU does not set prices as the food get sent from a different organisation with set prices. She again added “But I can see what I can do”


Expectation of university life hits an all-time low

University of Essex students have sent complaints to the student information desk about the pricey washing machines and how they do not wash properly.
Thirty first year students have already sent complaints during the first term of the academic year. The complaints were about the clothes coming back out dirty or stained “The washing machines are useless first it is pricey, then it doesn’t even wash properly” says Temi-Tayo Adedeji, a psychology student age 20 who lives in Quays accommodation.

I interviewed a member of staff named Sarah French from student information desk who said, “The washing machines on campus are dealt with another company called Circuit and not by the university”
Since the washing rooms is not controlled by the university, there is little contribution the university can do to fix the problem. Although the university have nothing to do with the washing machines, I interviewed a group of 4 friends that live in the Meadows. They all think the university should still do something. One of the friend named Samuel Ogun said, “we pay to live here, we should be satisfied with the service provided” he added “this is not what I signed up for I expect for my clothes to be clean if I am paying for it to be washed, it is not fair”

Overall 13,194 students attend university of Essex Colchester, majority of first year students live on campus. The wash rooms are the only place students can wash their clothes unless the students go back to home. Another student named Thomas Dore said, “washing should be free since we pay rent”

The prices of the washes are also described as pricey according to students. The price of 1 wash is £2.40, an English student called Natasha Riley said she pays for disappointment when washing her clothes.


Education systems should scrap morning lessons says students of university of Essex.

Is it true that students work well in the morning or straight after lunch?

After interviewing 4 students in the Starbucks Café on the 1st of October, four out of four agreed to the statement of student of students not working well after lunch or in the morning.  A second year International Relation student named Rahim said “it depends on how the student adapted to the time of working when growing up”  he also said “the time you wake effects the brain during study” he concluded to how difficult it is to focus the mind after lunch as the body gets tired.

“Most students prefer to stay in later at night and wake up later in the morning especially if an event happened the night before” says Rida who is an Economics and Accounting undergraduate. She said how she falls into the category of those who cannot concentrate in class in the morning or after lunch. A Literature and Creative Writing student who lives in University Quays said “I believe in the morning it is harder to concentrate, education system should scrap morning lessons and they should begin from 12pm.