Theresa, Trump and a Culture of Demonisation

by Maya Goodfellow  When narratives form around politicians, they tend to be difficult to unpick. Over the weekend the carefully constructed image of Theresa May as a sensibly “cautious” prime minister was deployed by Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi and right-wing paper The Sun to explain her calculated silence over – and then limp criticism of –… Read More

All politics is “identity politics”

by Maya Goodfellow  The forces of right-wing xenophobic populism are stronger in America and Europe than they have been in decades. Donald Trump is president-elect in the United States; after a virulently anti-migrant referendum campaign, the UK voted to leave the EU and far-right parties are gaining ground across much of Europe. The left – in… Read More

We are witnessing not an apathy for politics, but a hunger for change from the template

by Chimene Suleyman It is possible to understand that associating with someone who does not favour the marginalised is not unequivocally an admission of being racist, a woman-hater, or anti-gay rights. It may not excuse the individual from blindly aligning and enabling a repressive structure, but that is for them to deconstruct at their own pace.… Read More

The migrant led strikes of the past can inform our present and future

Xenophobic racism, legitimised by the political classes, obscures points of solidarity between working class Britons and migrants by Maya Goodfellow  “A person like me, I am never scared of anybody”, Jayaben Desai told her manager before leading a mass walk-out of the Grunwick film processing plant in north-west London in the summer of 1976. Through sheer… Read More

Labour MPs parroting myths about immigration fuels the xenophobia they claim to want to stop

by Maya Goodfellow “We have to acknowledge voters’ legitimate concerns on immigration”. During the general election this was a fashionable phrase used by Labour politicians who were about to embark on a path littered with myths about migration. It’s one that betrays all manner of sins. And this week, in some Labour circles, it’s in vogue… Read More

‘Little has changed’: migrants and refugees are still seen as the enemy

by Maya Goodfellow Tomorrow will mark a year since three-year old Alan Kurdi’s body was washed up on a beach in Turkey. He drowned in the Mediterranean sea during his family’s attempt to seek safety after fleeing their home in Syria. A picture of his lifeless body face down in the sand was on the front… 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

Britain has confused social sociopathy for economic debate

by Chimene Suleyman We may never have been able to predict the murder of Jo Cox, and yet close observers of the long struggle with nationalist extremism will find the formula of this kind of statement-violence familiar. A man shouts in the name of his allegiance, “Britain First!” before maiming and killing, publicly, those whose ideals… Read More

Michael Crick’s Diane Abbott tweet is unacceptable but it isn’t particularly surprising

by Maya Goodfellow  On Wednesday, political journalist for Channel 4 News Michael Crick decided to share on Twitter an excerpt from a conversation he supposedly had with a London cabbie: “You couldn’t vote for that Corbyn, could you?  Not for anyone that’s messed around with that Diane Abbott.” Crick’s choice to cherry-pick this specific quote and… Read More

Sadiq Khan may not represent a win for all Muslims, nor should he

by Chimene Suleyman There has never been a London mayor or politician whose religious beliefs have been at the forefront of our admiration for them, whether Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem or Independent. It shouldn’t matter much whether Boris showed up at his local Sunday church services or spent quiet Tuesday evenings revelling in agnosticism. Those who… Read More