Saturday, October 16, 2021

Hannah Rashbass

Junior Liberal Writer
I am a third year English student at the University of Exeter and I would say that my interest in politics is best summed up by the title of Carol Hanish’s 1969 essay ‘The Personal is Political’. The phrase has been used as a call by feminists since the 1960s to change the agenda of politics in terms of who and what is included, but has been taken further. As Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw notes: it has re-characterised ‘as social and systemic what was formerly perceived as isolated and individual’. The phrase redefined politics to have a much broader meaning. I find this way of looking at politics the most helpful and interesting; politics is something that people and animals experience and the diverse experience of all beings must be at the heart of policy.
I would describe myself as a left leaning liberal – I support a regulated market economy and the expansion of civil and political rights. I champion the NHS, equal rights, a strong welfare provision and I am a strong supporter of the EU.
I am particularly excited to write for POI because they lean into bias – for me, this is crucial because news cannot be impartial. Everyone brings preconceptions and prior experience to their writing, even at the level of word choice. I look forward to acknowledging this subjectivity and engaging in political debate.
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