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

“We can’t allow the scapegoating of migrants in the political arena to go on.” – Interview with Benali Hamdache

Benali Hamdache has worked as a campaigns coordinator for a migrants’ rights charity as well as having helped to set up a charity that advocates on behalf of young people with mental health problems. He is currently the LGBTIQ Greens Co-chair and has campaigned for marriage equality and against the blood ban. Benali became a… Read More

When it comes to UK foreign policy, is it devil in a blue tie, devil in a red tie?

by Robert Kazandjian On the 7th of May, British citizens go to the polls. The mainstream media is currently sweltering, overcome by election fever. We are bombarded by the false promises of white, privately educated men. Domestically, change in governance may signal a tiptoe left towards the centre ground or perhaps drag us ever further… Read More

The musing of a romantic liberal – Interview with Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera

Ruwan, who is of mixed-heritage descent (Sri Lanka/British Jewish), is a former national and international advisor and a campaigner in the fields of community cohesion and equality and diversity issues within the British police service. He is also a founding member and the first elected General Secretary of the National Black Police Association (UK). Ruwan… Read More

Migrants will have the keys to 10 Downing Street – make sure your voice is heard on 7 May

by Awale Olad A recent report by the Migrants Rights Network (MRN) and the University of Manchester highlighted the strength in numbers migrants will have in the upcoming General Election. However, despite what some right-wing papers would have you believe, they are by no means a voting bloc. The report told us that 4 million… Read More

The Suffocation of British Muslim Civil Society Space

by Omayma El Ella In the run-up to the General Election it is important to consider the political engagement or lack thereof of the major parties with minorities in this country. From a Muslim perspective, the majority of that engagement has been predominantly centred on “counter-extremism” via the PREVENT programme. As with most minorities, Muslims… Read More