Not in the family portrait: BME voters and Brexit – Part II

By Brian Alleyne Brexit, social class and ethnicity According to research done by Lord Ashcroft, people in England and Wales who were older, lived outside major cities, had lower levels of education and a lower social class position tended to vote Leave. Conversely, people in London and the larger English cities, with higher levels of… Read More

Minor refugees left waiting in the dark in France

by Reem Abd Ulhamid Around thirty minor refugees have been left in the dark regarding their future by French and British authorities. The refugees, mostly aged between 15-17 years old, mainly from Sudan and Syria, have been transferred from the “Jungle” at Calais to a reception center in Chateauroux les Alpes.  They are isolated in… Read More

Why calls for Londependence display not elitism, but a deep-seated fear

by Joy Goh-Mah Friday’s Brexit result was a devastating blow for London. Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, riding the tube into the city, or just having a hot chocolate in a café, all I have heard for these last two days is an outpouring of shock, disbelief, and finally despair. In the midst of news… Read More

Bigotry was the bait for #VoteLeave, now it is our youth who will suffer most

by Robert Kazandjian   I wrote last week that we had sleepwalked into a nightmare. 17,410,742 people have voted to preserve that nightmare, insisting that Britain reject its membership of the European Union. Half of you don’t like us, that’s the bottom line. Racism and xenophobia triumphed. Had we viewed a Brexit as a legitimate… Read More

“I’ve never felt less welcome in this country” | Maya Goodfellow

by Maya Goodfellow “I’ve never felt less welcome in this country” – these are the terrifying words I’ve heard far too many times from migrants and UK-born people of colour in the run up to the EU referendum. Open anti-migrant hostility has been embraced; let loose by a referendum designed to placate a fractured Tory party.… Read More

Should we leave or remain in the EU? Roundtable Discussion – Part 2

The EU referendum debate has been raging for months now. Whilst it has droned on, as a nation we have come to accept that this isn’t really a discussion about our place in the global market place but a proxy for talking about how immigration threatens British identity. Who would be better placed then to… Read More

Should we leave or remain in the EU? Roundtable Discussion – Part 1

The EU referendum debate has been raging for months now. Whilst it has droned on, as a nation we have come to accept that this isn’t really a discussion about our place in the global market place but a proxy for talking about how immigration threatens British identity. Who would be better placed then to… Read More

Did you hear about the Hipster Safari?

by Kiri Kankhwende  London is a city of contrasts. The “society” parties pictured in the Evening Standard are a world away from the clubs in Croydon where the police introduced bans on bashment. Gentrification is transforming neighbourhoods all over the city, often accompanied by eye-watering rises in house prices and new residents – including hipsters.… Read More

Tory blue-on-blue battle is just a sideshow

by Maurice Mcleod  Last week, Parliament was closed for the Whitsun recess, so this column had a break – but the white men were dancing away even more frenetically than ever. The EU ‘neverendum’ continues to dominate the political news coverage, and therefore the minds of many politicians. What should be a national debate on… Read More