Bank of England's Head of Notes Division Victoria Cleland, shows off the concept design of the new polymer five-pound banknote after a news conference at the Bank of England in the City of London December 18, 2013. The Bank of England unveiled plans to issue plastic bank notes for the first time in its 300-year history, rather than the cotton paper that is currently used, after a public consultation. The new 5 pound polymer bank note will feature Sir Winston Churchill and will be issued in 2016. Around one year later, the bank will issue a ?10 plastic note that will feature Jane Austen. AFP PHOTO / POOL / DYLAN MARTINEZ        (Photo credit should read DYLAN MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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Outrage over animal fats but silence regarding Churchill

30 Nov , 2016  

In September the new £5 note went into circulation with Winston Churchill plastered on the front of it. At the time there was little fuss surrounding this decision and many were happy about the tribute paid to a famed British war-time leader whom David Cameron once described as “our greatest ever Prime Minister“. I covered the story and […]

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Fidel Castro: Neither pure evil nor perfection personified

29 Nov , 2016  

It’s been a few days since Fidel Castro died at the age of 90 and already much of the press, civil society and most of rest of us have moved on, so soon after exploding into a plethora of opinionated diatribes about the man and what he came to represent. This brief article won’t delve […]

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Trump becoming President will force people to acknowledge racism (part two)

29 Nov , 2016  

The first step in tackling any problem is to acknowledge that the problem exists. Prior to the end of Jim Crow, racism was easily identifiable, however, post-Jim Crow, racism morphed into a structural form, which gifted the advocates of White supremacy the perfect excuse to deny or downplay the existence of racism. With the emergence […]

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Lurking in an alleyway? Questioning the way we depict sexual assault

28 Nov , 2016  

Our society loves to exaggerate. People are often characterised by extremes – the superhero vs. the bad guy, good vs. evil. From children’s education, to the construction of movie characters, we have been taught to see the world in black and white. This is why many people see a rapist as a Bad Guy who […]

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Trump becoming President will force people to acknowledge racism (part one)

28 Nov , 2016  

Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America in the early hours of 9 November 2016 and in my opinion, his election could be a positive for racial justice because it is likely to make racism mainstream. Before you dismiss this paper as the ranting of a Black Donald […]

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How many in the media normalise far right ideals

25 Nov , 2016  

Despite many liberals walking around in a state of shock since Donald Trump was declared President-elect last week, asking how such a man could come to power, it is clear much of the press normalised, as well as aided and abetted, his rise. Rather than calling the billionaire out for his obscene, offensive comments, the press […]

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Farage is part of the political elite he so despises

24 Nov , 2016  

On the day that Philip Hammond presented his first Autumn statement, which confirmed that the decision to leave the EU had had an almost immediate and negative impact on the vast majority of those living in the UK, Nigel Farage dined out at the Ritz hotel in London. That’s right, back from his sojourn with […]

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Trump and his transition team are going to disappoint

23 Nov , 2016  

Reading awkwardly from a teleprompter, without much of the pomp and bravado of his often ad-libbed campaign, President-elect Donald Trump outlined his goals for his first few days in power. He declared that he would “withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, the free trade deal that had been arranged by the Obama administration in collaboration with […]

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The potential return of Tony Blair

21 Nov , 2016  

Following the uncertainty over whether Article 50 will be triggered to initiate Britain’s exit from the European Union an unlikely name has thrown his hat into the ring of UK politics. According to stories which broke over the weekend Tony Blair is allegedly going to relocate his offices to Westminster in order to re-enter the fold […]

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Brexit and Trump tell us a lot about whiteness

18 Nov , 2016  

There has been a huge amount of talk about anti-establishment politics over the last few months. This started in the UK with Brexit and was then followed up by Donald Trump winning the US Presidential elections. The logic goes that these two events came about because of a lack of trust in established politicians. In the […]