Top Ten Political Screw Ups by UK Politicians in 2014

by Taimour Fazlani In an ideal world no public servant would suffer from fallibility, as those privileged positions would be dispensed amongst only the most capable, judicious and moral of us. However in reality this is rarely the case. Some politicians (that’s all politicians to the sceptics amongst us like Russell Brand) do fail and… Read More

If there is one continent which has shouldered the burden of the celebrity it is ‘Africa’.

by Samira Sawlani In recent weeks Israel – Palestine has probably taken up more column inches worldwide than it has in years. In fact the ‘conflict’ has enjoyed a showbiz makeover, gaining a place in every Hollywood rag and becoming a topic of conversation on daytime talk shows. It’s entry and new found status is… Read More

Turn Up and Turn Out: why you should vote in the General Election

Registration to vote in the General Election on 8th June will close on May 22nd, you can register at gov.uk/register-to-vote. It’s quick and easy, and at the moment it’s one of the most radical things you can do Elections are supposed to be the apex of democratic process – so why do they feel like… Read More

Music in education: a living relic of Western Europe’s colonial mentality

by Nathan Holder Since music entered the National Curriculum in 1988, the UK’s approach to musical education has been grounded in Western Classical traditions. From Palestrina to Schoenberg, Baroque to 20th Century Experimentalism, students are routinely taught the fundamentals of the art largely by studying ‘The Great Composers’, by learning the conventions of western classical… Read More

‘Racial self-interest’ is not racism: populist correctness gone mad?

by Rima Saini  A UK-based think tank has published a report claiming that the ‘racial self-interest’ of white majorities in the UK and US should be seen as distinct from racism A report published this month by British centre-right think tank Policy Exchange, claims that people of all races in the UK believe that in… 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

White Skin, Black Masks: On the “Decolonial Desire” of Vasco Araújo

by Efua Bea I walked into the opening of Vasco Araújo’s Decolonial Desire exhibition, his first UK solo show, at Autograph ABP last month with somewhat low expectations. I guess I’ve just become a little tired of white men getting lots of funding and lots of space to tell me about my Blackness, the history… Read More

US Presidential Election: Politics Beyond Parties

by Sudip Bhattacharya   Poulami Banerji is my younger cousin and an all-around badass. Although only in her early twenties, she works for an USAID contractor, is an avowed intersectional feminist and volunteers for an organisation that provides free tutoring services to students in DC public schools performing below grade level. But when asked about her… 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