Exploiting Feminism for Profit

by Maya Goodfellow Last week while flicking through TV channels an advert caught my attention. I was momentarily pleased to watch as a young girl was enchanted by clips of famous women – from feminist activist Emmeline Pankhurst to iconic singer Billie Holiday – while Fleur East’s version of Girl on Fire played in the… Read More

How much are you worth?

by Maya Goodfellow How much do you think you’re worth? It’s a hard question to answer but if you’re a migrant in the UK, originally from a country outside the EU, the government has done it for you. You’re worth nothing, unless you’re earning £35,000 or more. The government’s new immigration policy says it all:… Read More

Health & Social Care Act paves the way for privatisation and effectively abolishing the NHS

by Dr Youssef El-Gingihy The NHS was the pre-eminent issue of the election, with polling showing that it is the most important concern of voters. However, the Health & Social Care Act represents the final stage in the conversion of the NHS into a market-based system, paving the way for privatisation and effectively abolishing the… 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

Small Politics

by Kiri Kankhwende Most political commentators agree that the UK is on the verge of one of the most unpredictable elections in recent years. We’re told that it’s no longer “business as usual”, that no party is likely to win a majority this time around and possibly for the next few General Elections to come.… Read More

Where Has Television’s Anger Gone?

by Shane Thomas As a child, one of the personal highlights of my week was being allowed to stay up late to watch Spitting Image on a Sunday night. The show used caricatures of puppets to satirise and lampoon those in the public eye, especially Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government. Not long after David Cameron was… Read More

Loneliness, anger and learning to let go

By Huma Munshi I find summers a difficult time. Most people struggle in the winter with Seasonal Affective Disorder but, for me, it is the summer. It could be because three summers ago my mental health deteriorated quite seriously and, for the first time in my life, I was unable to take care of myself. I… Read More

From Birth to Death – Our #NHS

by Glen Chisholm By the law of averages it is highly unlikely that if you’re reading this in the UK, that you have had no experience of the NHS. I’ve had many myself; from being born in an NHS hospital to trips for sports injuries over the years, from treatment for a heart problem to… Read More