Forget Labour’s List – There’s a Tally of Government Incompetence to Keep Track Of

by Kiri Kankhwende    You’ve probably heard all about Labour’s list, leaked to the Times, which ranks party MPs on a spectrum of supportive to hostile. On the face of it, it’s easy to understand why, even when you’ve won a resounding mandate from party members but a group of MPs seem hell-bent on undermining… Read More

France, Terrorism and the Dual Nationality Drama

by Iman Amrani This week the French National Assembly voted to back Hollande’s proposal to strip convicted binational terrorists of their French nationality. The debate has become so divisive that two weeks ago, French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira resigned after publicly disagreeing with the President and it continues to dominate the French headlines as it looks… Read More

Brutalising Black and Brown People: the UK’s hostile environment

By @graciemaybe Britain is under siege, the headlines tell us: foreigners are sneaking into Britain from “the Jungle” in Calais, taking British jobs; stretching Britain’s public services to breaking point; endangering Britain’s children with their excessive criminality. Time and again Parliament has tried its hand at placating the press and the public, and the policies… Read More

The Sinister Abuse of Women at Yarl’s Wood

by Chimene Suleyman  I cannot understand it. The thought process behind taking vulnerable women and detaining them like criminals. Many of the women who have come to Britain to seek asylum have done so with great concerns. These are women who have taken political jobs and stances against countries who now seek to kill them. They… Read More

Britain’s Unwanted House Guests

by Shane Thomas Last Sunday, I was on a train, coming back to London from Leeds. Knowing that this trip would be lengthy – and accompanied by a hangover – I booked a window seat nearest the door, ensuring I would be close to the exit, and relatively secluded from the rest of the passengers,… Read More

From Boyle to May, immigration, as it turns out, has done rather well on providing jobs

by Chimene Suleyman I don’t know how I thought my parents came to England. I suppose I assumed they flew. It didn’t occur to me that they travelled by boat. One that took them first to Italy. By then the Cyprus civil war had spanned most of their lives. My father’s father was killed; at… Read More

“It’s an exciting time to be a politician”: Interview with Reema Patel (Labour Councillor)

by Kiri Kankhwende Reema Patel is a councillor in Barnet and the Secretary of the Fabian Women’s Network. She also sits on the Labour Party’s Disability Labour executive committee and has campaigned on a number of issues, including libraries, housing rights for domestic violence survivors and better working conditions for care workers. 1. What first… Read More

Our White Curiosities

By Taimour Fazlani and Arooj Khan ‘Nigel Farage will give Britain its voice back’ ‘British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour’ ‘5000 new people settle here every week, say no to mass immigration!’ Xenophobia – fear of foreigners – is rife at this particular moment, given UKIP’s success in the recent local and… Read More

Good Immigrant/Bad Immigrant – Paul Collier’s ‘Exodus’

by Kiri Kankhwende In Exodus: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century, Paul Collier aims to chart a nuanced course between what he identifies as two extreme views of immigration: “popular hostility” to migrants, tinged by xenophobia and racism; and the view of business and liberal elites that ‘open doors’ are both economically and ethically… Read More

Language Matters: Doubling Down on Anti-immigrant Rhetoric

by Kiri Kankhwende The government’s contentious “Go Home” van is off the streets for now, but Immigration Minister Mark Harper still saw fit to double down on his support for the initiative in a parliamentary debate on Wednesday after Pete Wishart SNP asked him to guarantee that “he will not bring these xenophobic “go home”… Read More