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

Perhaps we really should go back to Africa

by Felipe Araujo  In Solange’s album A Seat at the Table, there is a song called “Where Do We Go”. Released in 2016, it is a poignant compilation of personal confessions and meditations on growing up black in America. “Where Do We Go”, sung in a whisper, talks about a home she no longer recognises… 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 not “belligerent,” “dark” or “bitter”

by Tele Ogunyemi Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s recent article ‘Blend it like Britain’ is a masterpiece in how to simultaneously erase and fetishize people of colour. Published on 6th November 2016 in the Sunday Times Magazine to promote Amma Asante’s new film A United Kingdom, the article is littered with racist or otherwise problematic assertions about people… 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

White tribalism was not made by Trump. It already existed in America as it does in Britain

by Lester Holloway ‘This was a whitelash.’ Political commentator Van Jones pulled no punches on election night as he sought to nail the reasons for Trump’s victory. ‘This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black president.’ The phrase was picked up by the chatterati, including Polly Toynbee in… Read More

Why we have to take white working class people’s fears seriously

by Jacinta Nandi There’s this sense of relief in their tone when white people tell you – when white middle-class people tell you – how poor and miserable the Brexit voters are. Or, in the US, Trump. Or, in Germany, the AfD. There’s a sense of relief, but also a certain satisfaction. Friends and family… Read More

With Brexit the Tories have made sure we all have egg on our faces

by Kiri Kankhwende   UK politics at the moment is characterised by a series of hostage situations and bad ideas. Depending on who you listen to, the Labour Party is either being held hostage by the UK’s thousands of communist sleeper cells or by Tories who got lost on the way Conservative Party Conference somewhere… Read More