by Kiri Kankhwende It almost sounds like the start of a joke: three migrants walked into a bar. One of us had received some bad news on the way to the #OneDayWithoutUs rally on Monday and we needed to stop and talk. My friend, a non-EU migrant, had just found out that his work visa… Read More
Generation Rent is even struggling to do that
by Kiri Kankhwende Criticising millennials for being narcissistic and coddled is a cottage industry – the latest instalment of which comes by way motivational speaker Simon Sinek, who told the Independent the reason millennials make frustrating employees is because of a parenting culture that told them they were special: “They were dealt a bad hand.”… Read More
Remembering Marikana – some stains won’t wash off
By Maurice Mcleod If your partner came home and unexpectedly gave you an expensive platinum ring, you would probably be very pleased. But if you were behaving responsibly, you’d ask them where it came from and how they afforded it. When they admitted that they stole it from the little old lady down the street,… Read More
When will Theresa May Stop Shadow Boxing and Get Down to Business?
by Kiri Kankhwende Yesterday’s Supreme Court judgement was the latest instalment in Britain’s inch towards Brexit, but if feels like the campaign is never-ending. Even as Leave campaign promises (£350 million for the NHS) and guarantees (staying in the single market) evaporate in thin air, Brexit needs an enemy to maintain momentum. And time and… Read More
Remembering 2016 – a year of political progress and awakening
by Maurice Mcleod Martin Luther King famously said, “The arc of moral universe is long but it bends towards justice” – meaning eventually the good will win. Last year it often felt like the arc was actually just a loop, a never-ending cycle of hope, disappointment and despair. But although it may seem as if the… Read More
We’ve Got the Diagnosis on Inequality; Where’s the Action Plan?
by Kiri Kankhwende Every week seems to bring a new report that sets off alarm bells about inequality in the UK but it never seems to reach a level of critical mass that sparks action. This week, the interim findings of David Lammy MP’s review into race and the criminal justice system showed that ethnic… Read More
Our treatment of prisoners condemns us all
by Maurice Mcleod There’s an old cliché that you judge a society by how it treats its weakest and while this is still a very good measure I’d argue the real test of a society is how it treats it least popular members. In Britain, as in most societies, the people who garner the least… Read More
London’s Policies to Tackle Inequality Shouldn’t Be Colourblind
by Kiri Kankhwende London is open for business, open to the world. It’s the London message, one that we’ve heard even more than usual since the referendum and which has been marshalled in defiance of mounting post-referendum racism. London’s pride in its multiculturalism at a time when the country seems to be folding inwards matters… Read More
Knockout blow for UKIP’s attempts at respectability
by Maurice Mcleod I usually treat UKIP like an awful smell at a boring party – I do my best to ignore it and move as far away as possible. At some point though, you have to accept that the smell just isn’t going away and there might be something rotting under the table. Despite… Read More
by Kiri Kankhwende Listening to the coverage of the Tory Party Conference in the last couple of days a real blind spot is emerging: who are we going to blame for everything when the foreigners are gone post-Brexit? Granted, not everyone will go, but this government is going to try to get rid of as… Read More
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