Theresa, Trump and a Culture of Demonisation

by Maya Goodfellow  When narratives form around politicians, they tend to be difficult to unpick. Over the weekend the carefully constructed image of Theresa May as a sensibly “cautious” prime minister was deployed by Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi and right-wing paper The Sun to explain her calculated silence over – and then limp criticism of –… 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

Labour’s empty rhetoric arms race with the Tories on immigration

by Raf Post-Brexit the pound is worth less than a Jimmy Savile autograph, so we are going to need those gold-hoarding immigrants in Birmingham to stay and float the UK economy. But rather than arguing for a coherent immigration policy, one not based on fear and misinformation, the Labour PLP are having the kind of… Read More

Brexit Britain: how did we get here? Ask the toxic blonde, the Dickensian nightmare, or the would-be fascist

by Raf  Bloody proud of you UK. Especially now that Vote Leave has raptured away all the foreigners, the pound is officially worth less than a signed Rolf Harris painting; and it’s cheaper to drive your car to France than to have it cleaned. Best of all, the 1980s-style in-your-face racism encountered after the referendum… Read More

Why calls for Londependence display not elitism, but a deep-seated fear

by Joy Goh-Mah Friday’s Brexit result was a devastating blow for London. Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, riding the tube into the city, or just having a hot chocolate in a café, all I have heard for these last two days is an outpouring of shock, disbelief, and finally despair. In the midst of news… Read More

Bigotry was the bait for #VoteLeave, now it is our youth who will suffer most

by Robert Kazandjian   I wrote last week that we had sleepwalked into a nightmare. 17,410,742 people have voted to preserve that nightmare, insisting that Britain reject its membership of the European Union. Half of you don’t like us, that’s the bottom line. Racism and xenophobia triumphed. Had we viewed a Brexit as a legitimate… Read More

“I’ve never felt less welcome in this country” | Maya Goodfellow

by Maya Goodfellow “I’ve never felt less welcome in this country” – these are the terrifying words I’ve heard far too many times from migrants and UK-born people of colour in the run up to the EU referendum. Open anti-migrant hostility has been embraced; let loose by a referendum designed to placate a fractured Tory party.… Read More

Should we leave or remain in the EU? Roundtable Discussion – Part 2

The EU referendum debate has been raging for months now. Whilst it has droned on, as a nation we have come to accept that this isn’t really a discussion about our place in the global market place but a proxy for talking about how immigration threatens British identity. Who would be better placed then to… Read More

Should we leave or remain in the EU? Roundtable Discussion – Part 1

The EU referendum debate has been raging for months now. Whilst it has droned on, as a nation we have come to accept that this isn’t really a discussion about our place in the global market place but a proxy for talking about how immigration threatens British identity. Who would be better placed then to… Read More