Angela Smith’s “funny tinge” comment showed she was right about institutional racism

The launch of The Independent Group of former Labour MPs was much derided following the debacle of Angela Smith referring to BAME people as a “a funny tinge”. However as Angelo Irving writes, the remark reveals much about the institutional racism the fledgling party professes to abhor Monday 18th February. A day that saw a… Read More

Not in the family portrait: BME voters and Brexit – Part II

By Brian Alleyne Brexit, social class and ethnicity According to research done by Lord Ashcroft, people in England and Wales who were older, lived outside major cities, had lower levels of education and a lower social class position tended to vote Leave. Conversely, people in London and the larger English cities, with higher levels of… Read More

Why the Labour Coup is a grave mistake

by Cameron De Chi  Maybe I’m just a hard-left, champagne-swilling Corbynista but I’d argue blaming Jeremy Corbyn for Brexit makes about as much sense as voting to invade a foreign country based on nothing other than cynical US propaganda; which is an appropriate comparison considering the current revolt appears to be coming from Labour’s Blairite… Read More

How the West lies to itself in order to destroy the Other

The West is facing a growing crisis – one that is swarming its borders, bankrupting its economies, exploiting its welfare systems, undermining its values and terrorizing its streets. That crisis is the other: the refugee, the migrant, the Syrian, the Mexican, the Muslim. Or so goes the great drama of our day, played out on… Read More

Corbyn’s EU vision is worth staying IN for

by Maurice Mcleod  The Battle of Europe feels like it’s been rumbling on since 1975. I certainly remember the Tories tearing themselves apart over Maastricht 24 years ago. Despite all of this posturing and facing-off, the British electorate hasn’t had a say on our membership of the EU since Watergate. The real Battle of Europe… Read More

America may be ‘Trumped’, but Britain has its demons too

by Maya Goodfellow Republican candidate Donald Trump was a figure of ridicule until he spouted yet another racist view earlier this week. We need a “complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”, he declared in the wake of an attack in California, where a Muslim couple – claiming to support ISIS –… Read More

*Misogynoir vs. The New Politics

by Maya Goodfellow  “Anyone who tells Diane Abbott to fuck off has my vote “, “I don’t like Diane Abbott”, “she’s not credible”. Scroll through Twitter and these are just a handful of the attacks directed at Britain’s first and most prominent black female MP. Virtual sentiments translate into the real world, where if you… Read More