GE2017: Thought experiments on what lies ahead | White Men Dancing the Podcast

Welcome to the first White Men Dancing Podcast! Each week between now and the election Maurice Mcleod and Kiri Kankhwende try and make sense of what on earth is going on. In this first episode we talk about how the campaign is going, we ask whether the result is a forgone conclusion, we lament Diane… Read More

General Election: Seven weeks to save Britain

By Maurice Mcleod  So Theresa May has done it. After saying the country needed stability and that she would let Parliament run its course, she’s had her head turned by positive opinion polls and she’s going for a land-grab general election on 8 June. With all theatre she is becoming known for, she announced on the… Read More

Theresa May’s real Easter message: colonial nostalgia and hypocrisy

  By Ali Meghji  Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ. But Theresa May’s Easter message displayed another type of resurrection, that of a nationalism which reeks of Empire, colonialism, and religious superiority. The Prime Minister spoke of the role that Christian values have to play in British society. Yet, Christian values, just like any other… Read More

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

Why Theresa May’s announcement on mental health isn’t good enough

by Cameron De Chi  Fuelled by a desire to achieve her vision of the “Shared Society,” Theresa May has promised what the BBC optimistically calls “mental health reform”, focusing specifically on young people and people in the workplace. This amounts to offering “mental health first aid training” to teachers, setting aside £15m for “community care”,… Read More

Wanted: Scapegoats

by Kiri Kankhwende  Listening to the coverage of the Tory Party Conference in the last couple of days a real blind spot is emerging: who are we going to blame for everything when the foreigners are gone post-Brexit? Granted, not everyone will go, but this government is going to try to get rid of as… Read More

Across the EU, asylum policies are geared more towards punishment

by Anike Bello Last week’s UN Summit on refugees and migrants in New York gave a clear indication that the majority of western governments have opted for a more restrictive asylum policy in the face of the increasing global refugee challenge. Despite the pledges to boost funding and protect the human rights of all refugees… Read More

Austerity may be officially ‘over’ but its faulty logic lingers on

by Kiri Kankhwende   The Runnymede Trust’s newly-launched project Our Migration Story is a timely reminder that migration has underpinned Britain’s national story for centuries. We need it now more than ever. Unlike America, which has migration at the heart of its national mythology, public awareness of our own is low. There isn’t much consideration… Read More

With Brexit the Tories have made sure we all have egg on our faces

by Kiri Kankhwende   UK politics at the moment is characterised by a series of hostage situations and bad ideas. Depending on who you listen to, the Labour Party is either being held hostage by the UK’s thousands of communist sleeper cells or by Tories who got lost on the way Conservative Party Conference somewhere… Read More

Theresa May Might Become PM, but this is Not a Feminist Revolution

by Kiri Kankhwende  It’s almost a fortnight since the referendum and no one seems to have figured out what to do with all the control we took back yet, least of all the architects of Brexit. David Cameron, who risked the both the European Union and our own fragile one for the sake of Tory… Read More