White Men Dancing: We’re all cleaners

By Maurice Mcleod Cleaning the corridor For some, the revelation that black MP for Brent Central, Dawn Butler, had been mistaken for a cleaner by one of her fellow MPs came as a shock. ‘In these prim and proper days, when diversity is shoved down your throat from every angle,’ they ponder, ‘how can anyone… Read More

The lesser of two evils?

by Bobby Gardiner   Voting in my first election has been preceded by a cacophony of questions about what is important. These initial questions didn’t seem to be framed within any political paradigm – to the uninitiated, “the deficit” and other buzz-words are nothing more than a euphemism for the gaping asymmetry between politicians and… Read More

Why aren’t politicians talking about racial discrimination in the job market?

by Maya Goodfellow   “My whole life is a shambles, everyone’s life is affected.” In an age of insecure work, this isn’t an uncommon statement to hear. Poverty pay, zero hours contracts and workers who feel powerless are easily found in the UK job market. But an often-ignored reality is that Black, Asian and Minority… Read More

Letting migrants drown in the Mediterranean, is this what the Tories mean by ‘British values’?

by Maya Goodfellow “Britain has lived its long life as an exemplary country, the small island with a massive impact”. Less than twenty-four hours after David Cameron made this empire-esque declaration at the Conservative’s manifesto launch, the latest reality of Britain’s brutal impact on the world appeared in newspapers. 400 migrants were reported to have… Read More

The Reality Behind ‘economic recovery’

by Bobby Gardiner Amidst political rhetoric and buzz-words, a consensus seems to have emerged – the economy has recovered. Such a conclusion often aims to justify Tory austerity, fortify Cameron’s leadership and frame Britain’s limited political left as naïve in their anti-austerity standpoint. But, just as in 2010 when the UK’s largest three parties sold… Read More

Lessons from Scotland: Offer People a Vision

Interview with Sofi Taylor by Kiri Kankhwende “Whether we agreed with the SNP or not, what they gave us was something beyond five years, they gave us a vision that Scotland could be like Sweden: good education, healthcare, socialist policies.” Depending on which poll you prefer, and every poll had a different result, the Scottish… Read More

Political Parties Favour Asian Over Black Candidates

by Lester Holloway The Sunday Times reports that the main three political parties are standing 150 ‘ethnic minority’ candidates in the coming general election; 51 for Labour, 50 Lib Dem and 49 Tories. However, closer analysis reveals that the vast majority of these BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) candidates to be of Asian heritage, with… Read More

The pro-Tory business letter: a reminder that politics shouldn’t be dominated by a privileged few

by Maya Goodfellow   It’s only a handful of weeks until the general election and politics in the UK feels as stale as it was a year ago. Politicians grapple back-and-forth about who is the best man to be the PM, because when it comes down to it the real choice is between two white… Read More

Health & Social Care Act paves the way for privatisation and effectively abolishing the NHS

by Dr Youssef El-Gingihy The NHS was the pre-eminent issue of the election, with polling showing that it is the most important concern of voters. However, the Health & Social Care Act represents the final stage in the conversion of the NHS into a market-based system, paving the way for privatisation and effectively abolishing the… Read More

Politicians Must Acknowledge the Link Between Negative Media Stereotyping of the Somali Community and Marginalisation

by Faisa Abdi and Hamdi Issa What are the implications when British society as a whole strongly associate Somalis with intractable problems? Over the past decade, media reporting on the Somali community has been disproportionately negative and perpetually centred on moments of crisis. The typical captions are all too often the pirate, the benefit cheat,… Read More