London’s Policies to Tackle Inequality Shouldn’t Be Colourblind

by Kiri Kankhwende  London is open for business, open to the world. It’s the London message, one that we’ve heard even more than usual since the referendum and which has been marshalled in defiance of mounting post-referendum racism. London’s pride in its multiculturalism at a time when the country seems to be folding inwards matters… Read More

Britain has confused social sociopathy for economic debate

We may never have been able to predict the murder of Jo Cox, and yet close observers of the long struggle with nationalist extremism will find the formula of this kind of statement-violence familiar. A man shouts in the name of his allegiance, “Britain First!” before maiming and killing, publicly, those whose ideals and way… Read More

Tory blue-on-blue battle is just a sideshow

by Maurice Mcleod  Last week, Parliament was closed for the Whitsun recess, so this column had a break – but the white men were dancing away even more frenetically than ever. The EU ‘neverendum’ continues to dominate the political news coverage, and therefore the minds of many politicians. What should be a national debate on… Read More

We need an inquiry into the Conservative Party’s racism

by Raf  The Conservative Party is riddled with racism in the same way coffee shops in Hoxton are swarming with hipsters trying to come up with an ironic name for their start-ups. There is, in my opinion, a racist streak the size of Boris Johnson’s backside running through the party. What it needs is an… Read More

Sadiq Khan may not represent a win for all Muslims, nor should he

by Chimene Suleyman There has never been a London mayor or politician whose religious beliefs have been at the forefront of our admiration for them, whether Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem or Independent. It shouldn’t matter much whether Boris showed up at his local Sunday church services or spent quiet Tuesday evenings revelling in agnosticism. Those who… Read More

Muslim women in leadership are targets for gendered Islamophobia

by Hareem Ghani “When I was younger you didn’t see people in hijabs and niqabs”; “In London we got on. People dressed the same.”; “What you see now are people born and raised here who are choosing to wear the jilbab or niqab. There are questions to be asked about what is going on in those… Read More

Zac Goldsmith embraces racial stereotypes and colonial tactics in a bid for the minority vote

by Danika Parikh  By now you’ve probably seen Zac Goldsmith’s election material aimed specifically at various South Asian communities in London. The fliers, delivered last week to people’s homes and aimed at British Indians, Tamils, and Sikhs list Goldsmith’s support for controversial Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his “record of engagement with the… Read More

London Has Fallen: Sadiq Khan’s First 100 Days as Mayor

by Raf  As I travelled at high speed through Zone 1 on the Jubilee Line in the greatest city in the world a nascent thought germinated: cancer has taken Bowie and Lemmy, but it didn’t kill Jimmy Savile, which in anyone’s book is reason enough to declare a long and costly war on cancer. Yet… Read More

You can’t move for all the ‘tolerance’ in Britain

by Shane Thomas As I’m sure you’ll remember, a few months ago, I wrote a piece on the racist door policy of the club Libertine[1]. Such treatment is hardly an anomalous experience for people of colour, whether trying to enter public establishments, or just existing in this country. However, it appears that the UKIP leader… Read More