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

Knockout blow for UKIP’s attempts at respectability

by Maurice Mcleod I usually treat UKIP like an awful smell at a boring party – I do my best to ignore it and move as far away as possible. At some point though, you have to accept that the smell just isn’t going away and there might be something rotting under the table. Despite… Read More

Britain has confused social sociopathy for economic debate

by Chimene Suleyman 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… 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

We cannot be outraged by UKIP if we are to support their rhetoric everywhere else

by Chimene Suleyman What came first?: The quip in the pub about how immigrants take the mick, or the UKIP policy? The way Nigel Farage sees it, immigrants are given jobs out of a HR folder marked Political-Correctness-Gone-Mad. Race discrimination laws are outdated, his daughter just shrugs at the thought of it, after all. British-born… Read More

Top Ten Political Screw Ups by UK Politicians in 2014

by Taimour Fazlani In an ideal world no public servant would suffer from fallibility, as those privileged positions would be dispensed amongst only the most capable, judicious and moral of us. However in reality this is rarely the case. Some politicians (that’s all politicians to the sceptics amongst us like Russell Brand) do fail and… Read More

Ain’t no black in the UKIP pack?

Now we know for sure. After their stunning, and literally historic victory in the Clacton by-election and unexpected success in the North West on the same day, there is now electoral ‘proof’ – if any were still needed – that UKIP are likely to have a significant impact on the outcome of the general election in May 2015.

So what does this mean for minority ethnic communities in Britain, as the political centre of gravity drifts to the right? Read More

Our White Curiosities

By Taimour Fazlani and Arooj Khan ‘Nigel Farage will give Britain its voice back’ ‘British workers are hit hard by unlimited cheap labour’ ‘5000 new people settle here every week, say no to mass immigration!’ Xenophobia – fear of foreigners – is rife at this particular moment, given UKIP’s success in the recent local and… Read More

As people of colour, voting is only one part of our civic duty

By Huma Munshi  It was Russell Brand that said he never voted. I was reminded of this on hearing the results of the local and European elections over the last few days. He noted in his New Statesman article: “I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people… Read More