Is Knife Crime really a national emergency?

Is knife crime a moral panic or a social epidemic? @KojoRTE argues that instead of the current opportunistic consensus between both major parties we need a wide-ranging public discussion on the main indicators of youth violence which include household poverty, inequality and drugs policy. Knife violence is highly emotive and traumatic, whether it’s the images… Read More

Criminalising forced marriage: The risk of symbolic gestures

by Huma Munshi A young woman sits in front of the bank manager, her distress is palpable with tears streaming down her face; her voice comes out in desperate gasps. “Please don’t call the police; I can’t explain how awful things will get.” “They have broken the law, I have no choice.” He responds. “Please,… Read More

“I don’t want a label, I am not ashamed. I was attacked.”

by Amna Iqbal The difference between noise and sound; the former numbs your senses and the latter makes you listen. ‘Rape’ – The word is noise. Cloaked in the din of a media screaming match, the word has been stripped off the anguish, the trauma, the physical and mental scars that it engenders. And here lies… Read More