Austerity may be officially ‘over’ but its faulty logic lingers on

by Kiri Kankhwende   The Runnymede Trust’s newly-launched project Our Migration Story is a timely reminder that migration has underpinned Britain’s national story for centuries. We need it now more than ever. Unlike America, which has migration at the heart of its national mythology, public awareness of our own is low. There isn’t much consideration… Read More

With Brexit the Tories have made sure we all have egg on our faces

by Kiri Kankhwende   UK politics at the moment is characterised by a series of hostage situations and bad ideas. Depending on who you listen to, the Labour Party is either being held hostage by the UK’s thousands of communist sleeper cells or by Tories who got lost on the way Conservative Party Conference somewhere… Read More

Caster Semenya and the South African clapback

by Kiri Kankhwende She’s dangerous on the bend. Like Usain Bolt, Caster Semenya tends to surge past her opponents just as they have reached their physical limits, rounding the final turn into the last 100 metres of the race, before charging ahead to win. At some point, Semenya is expected to break the women’s 800… Read More

Theresa May Might Become PM, but this is Not a Feminist Revolution

by Kiri Kankhwende  It’s almost a fortnight since the referendum and no one seems to have figured out what to do with all the control we took back yet, least of all the architects of Brexit. David Cameron, who risked the both the European Union and our own fragile one for the sake of Tory… 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

Don’t Believe Brexiters: The Battle to Save the NHS Starts Now

by Kiri Kankhwende  Never Mind George Osborne, Here’s a Deficit That You Can Actually Do Something About Brexit will either usher in an economic apocalypse or a sunlit upland of prosperity and democracy, depending on who you’re listening to. Honest campaigners will admit the truth: Brexit will be uncharted territory and there’s a lot we… Read More

Election Fraud: The Barking Dog in a Media Vacuum

by Kiri Kankhwende  There seemed to be something for every party to take away from what political pundits tried to brand Super Thursday (but which stubbornly remained simply Thursday for most people). As the country went to the polls for the first local and mayoral elections since the General Election last year, only one result made… Read More

Boris Johnson wasn’t just attacking Obama’s heritage, he was attacking us all

by Kiri Kankhwende  Before Obama landed last week, Brexiters were beside themselves at the thought that he would weigh in to the referendum debate and tip the scales against them. After all, one of the main planks of the Brexit economic argument is that an independent Britain, free from the shackles of the EU, will… Read More

Cameron doesn’t know where his money’s coming from but he’s got his eye on yours

#ResignCameron by Kiri Kankhwende  Check the date; yes, everyone is still talking about the Panama Papers, which continue to cast a long shadow over the political week. On Saturday, thousands of protesters gathered in London to demand that Cameron resign over his (mis)handling of the issue of tax avoidance, while #ResignCameron trended on Twitter. The… Read More

Forget Labour’s List – There’s a Tally of Government Incompetence to Keep Track Of

by Kiri Kankhwende    You’ve probably heard all about Labour’s list, leaked to the Times, which ranks party MPs on a spectrum of supportive to hostile. On the face of it, it’s easy to understand why, even when you’ve won a resounding mandate from party members but a group of MPs seem hell-bent on undermining… Read More