The Pulse Breakdown: February

6th March 2020


A woman is facing reconstructive surgery after being left scarred by cosmetic procedures in Turkey”

She said the first surgery did not get rid of the excess skin and one of her breast implants “sagged”” 

“The second operation left her with an infection”

“She also had concerns about the hygiene at the patient villa where she stayed after her surgery”

“Paying for private reconstruction surgery, worth £10,000, but is concerned how much the correction of surgery performed abroad is costing the NHS”

The panellists talked about going abroad to get cheaper plastic surgery. They emphasized that if plastic surgery would be less expensive in the UK, that it would be much better for patient health. At the same time, they highlighted the point that these kinds of operations are not a severe health issue; thus, the NHS shouldn’t be responsible for covering the treatments of plastic surgery unless if it is affecting the patient’s mental health.

Reference: BBC News (28 February 2020)


“The UK must act to stamp out ‘curse’ of plastic sachets, say campaigners”

“The government must act urgently to stamp out the “curse” of single-use plastic sachets, billions of which are helping to fuel the global plastics crisis, campaigners are warning”

855bn sachets are used every year globally – enough to cover the entire surface of the Earth – and with many thrown away without being opened

As one panellist indicated ‘buy and hold investing’ damages nature on a vast scale. Thus, they agreed on the necessity of alternative products to plastic sachets. Alternative ways should be practical and eco-friendly or at least less harmful to nature compared to plastic. 

Panellists agreed that, plastic production is cheaper, yet, at the same time, more harmful to nature. Therefore, increasing the usage of reusable products and become more creative and aware consumers can help to reduce environmental issues. At the same time, realising the massive existence of plastic all around us and trying to get rid of as much plastic as we can, certainly, can create a better and cleaner environment.

Our panellists for today’s Pulse were Ben, Tamarah, Rebecca and Miriam

Reference: The Guardian News (26 February 2020)


“Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of sexual assaults, including rape, capping a stunning downfall for the former Hollywood mogul and a victory for the #MeToo movement”

“Weinstein, 67, was convicted in New York City of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act

“He was cleared of the most serious count of predatory sexual assault but faces up to 25 years in prison

Panellists talked about the success of the #MeToo movement andthesense of justice that Harvey Weinstein’s case has created. At the same time, panellists mentioned the long-drawn-out judicial process of this scandal.

Prosecutors charged Weinstein with rape and continuing his sexual relations with two female victims. This continuing sexual intercourse between Weinstein and victims first interpreted as the free will of these two women. Besides, the dilemma in the case, it resulted in the punishment of Weinstein

One of the other points that panellists highlighted is the ignored oppressors besides Weinstein. He seems like the only, most known abuser figure of #MeToo movement; however, other criminals should also be judged as in the Weinstein’s case

Our panellists for today’s Pulse were Tamarah, Chunekshi and Ben 

Reference: BBC News (24 February 2020)


“Poundland sells 40,000 engagement rings ahead of Valentine’s Day”

“Spending on Valentine’s Day reached around £853m last year, up 7.8% on 2018 figures, according to the research firm Savvy. And unsurprisingly retailers are looking to cash in again this year” 

“And M&S has brought back its heart-shaped “love sausages” and introduced a new “love cucumber”, which can be cut into heart-shaped slices”

“But one analyst described such promotions as “increasingly desperate

The panellists had interpreted the moves of the Pound Land market chain for Valentine’s Day as a revenue strategy that becomes more ridiculous with every year 

Criticizing Valentine’s Day continued with understanding the meaning of engagement rings and its effect on materialized relationships.  

According to the panellists, the whole concept is based on consumerism and is often associated with millennials. The massive amount of plastic consumed also has a huge impact on the environment. 

At the same time, panellists indicated that special days are great besides the creation of a high amount of waste 

Panellists, Emily, Holly and Ben concluded that the outstanding statement was: “The material goods, not moral values, are important in the Valentine’s Day

Reference: BBC News (14 February 2020)


“The UK’s planned ban on sales of new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars could start as early as 2032, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said”

“Last week, the government sparked industry concern after bringing the date forward from 2040 to 2035 in a bid to hit zero-carbon emission targets

“But Mr Shapps told BBC Radio 5 live it would happen by 2035, “or even 2032,” adding there would be consultation”

Achievability and effectiveness of this move was discussed by panellists. Also, panellists agreed on the other needed actions regarding to the climate emergency.

Additionally, it was underlined that the government needs to actively start to look for other eco-friendly alternatives in other areas.

Our panellists for today’s Pulse were Ben, Rebecca, Tamarah and Eliot

Reference: BBC News (12 February 2020)


“A woman who blew £16m of unexplained wealth in Harrods has lost her appeal against a National Crime Agency bid to seize her luxury London home”

“The Court of Appeal has rejected Zamira Hajiyeva’s attempt to stop the UK’s first-ever Unexplained Wealth Order from being implemented against her”

“Mrs Hajiyeva must reveal how she became wealthy enough to buy a mansion near Harrods and a golf course in Berkshire”

“She faces losing the properties if she can’t provide proof of income”

The UK, especially London, is being used for money laundering which makes it a massive target.

One of the panellists think that the public is not allowed to know the details about the case, and that there is perhaps more to the story than is told in the press.  

Our panellists for today’s Pulse were Ben, Rebecca, Bersun, Eliot and Tamarah

Reference: BBC News (5 February 2020)


The face of an announcement of more strike action

  • Week one: Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February
  • Week two: Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March
  • Week three: Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March
  • Week four: Thursday 19 and Friday 20 March

According to panellist’s interruption of education negatively affects students’ degrees.

They also think that strike action creates a division between supporters and opponents of strikes in universities.

Some student interpretations about the strike given to URN are:

“We’re coming to university for higher education. However, we are not provided with the opportunity to have lecturers, academics there

Workers’ rights are very important and support of UCU and other bodies are significant”

“We are paying for university, and I found this action unfair

Panellists evaluated the two perspectives with their pros and cons

Panellists think that strike action can be very useful, however, students are missing education as a result of this. 

Our panellists for today’s Pulse were Eliot, Destiny, Tamarah and Chunekshi; and the interviewer was Olivia 

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Written by Bersun

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