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There are many reasons why Asians voted for #Brexit

25 Jun , 2016  

With the dust still to settle on the referendum chaos, many are still wondering how and why Britain decided to leave the EU. Most of the narratives have focused on right wing agendas, with immigration undoubtedly the hot topic for the Leave campaign, and even though there were legitimate left wing reasons for a Brexit, they took […]

File photo dated 23/1/2013 of Prime Minister David Cameron makes a speech on Europe, in central London, where he promised an in/out referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union by the end of 2017, if the Conservatives win the next general election.

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Cameron resigning should not be blindly celebrated, worse is to come

24 Jun , 2016  

The Brexit result, which was in the end a very close one indeed, signals the end of David Cameron, who has announced that he’ll be resigning. His position as Prime Minister became untenable after the leave campaign undermined his status as the leader of the UK and he will now go down in history as […]

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Not everyone who voted Brexit is a vile racist

24 Jun , 2016  

The build up to the vote on the European Referendum was undeniably one dominated by xenophobia and bigotry but not everyone who voted to leave the EU is a vile racist. The main leave narratives were about “reclaiming Britain” from immigrants and stopping Britain from reaching “Breaking Point” because of perceived overcrowding but many others […]

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage attends a St George's Day celebration in Leadenhall Market in London on April 22, 2016 holding a Saint George's Cross flag, the flag of England. Saint George's Day is the feast day of Saint George, the patron saint of England, in Christian tradition. UKIP leader Nigel Farage called for St George's Day to be a national bank holiday. / AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'N        (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)

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#Brexit Britain is not a safe place for people of colour

24 Jun , 2016  

The news that Britain has left the European Union is not being celebrated because the nation is now free of the EU’s democratic deficit or various other problems – it’s being celebrated by those on the right of British politics who feel they have helped to “reclaim Britain” from benefit scrounging migrants. The leave campaign […]

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The dangerous refugee narratives of both liberals and fascists

22 Jun , 2016  

Since 2014 over 2.5 million asylum seekers have crossed the Mediterranean in search of safety in Europe. On average it is estimated that at least three people die on a daily basis as a result of setting off on this journey; the journey many have begun to refer to as the “Journey of Death”. The […]

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We do need to reclaim Britain, but from the elite not immigrants

22 Jun , 2016  

The debates surrounding immigration and the European Union referendum have been dominated by an idea that Britain needs to regain control of its borders with the leave side wanting to “reclaim Britain”. The assumption is that the country has become overrun by immigrants and people of colour, who now dominate the discourse and are thus changing what […]

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To not see race is the most privileged thing of all

21 Jun , 2016  

A year old video started circulating on my Facebook page recently in which Nigel Farage declared that Britain needed to scrap its anti-discrimination laws because people are now “colour blind” and thus cannot be racially discriminative. With this statement Farage is perpetuating the commonly touted myth in our post-colonial society that nowadays, in the aftermath of various race […]

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The UK in 2016? My Father would be ashamed.

19 Jun , 2016  

My Father died of a heart attack at around 1030 on 28 May 2007. He was 84. My Mother had been out shopping. She came back and knew something was wrong, as there was no music playing. I get that from him; the house was always filled with music (mostly jazz or blues) whether it […]

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Jo Cox murder is the result of toxic nationalism

18 Jun , 2016  

Britain has unfortunateley been becoming an increasingly nationalistic place over recent years, particularly in the aftermath of the financial crash which gave rise to far-right political parties such as UKIP and the BNP. Many might argue that being nationalist is not a bad thing, it’s about national pride and a sense of collective feeling about […]

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Prince William’s bad Attitude: Pinkwashing and hypocrisy in action

16 Jun , 2016  

Prince William will make history this month, as the first member of the British monarchy to appear on the cover of an LGBT+ magazine. As part of an interview and photo opportunity held for Attitude magazine William also met with nine activists to discuss the impact of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the UK. Following […]