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Politics is about more than just being electable

28 Sep , 2016  

Jeremy Corbyn’s reelection as Labour Leader won’t have surprised many, but it has been met with a great backlash from many in the media and his own party. Their main criticism of Corbyn is that he is unelectable, with The Sunday People, for instance, declaring that “an unelectable leader is about as much use as an ice-cream […]

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#CorbynWins but so much more needs to be done

26 Sep , 2016  

Was anyone surprised by the result in the end? After inferences about his penis and the use of viagra as well as the winning of his wife, Owen’s Smith feeble challenge, and that of the #LabourCoup plotters, was crushed by Jeremy Corbyn. The MP for Islington won an even greater mandate than last year, receiving […]

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More evidence comes out on Britain’s slave trading past

26 Sep , 2016  

New research from the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership has revealed how many wealthy British families benefited from the slave trade, as did notable institutions such as Barclays, RBS and Lloyds. Those implicated in the slave trade included Royals such as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, whilst David Cameron’s family were […]

Jeremy Corbyn takes part in a Labour Party leadership hustings event in Warrington, north west England on July 25, 2015, hosted by journalist Paul Waugh. With Britain's political class starting its summer recess this week, commentators say Labour must consider whether it wants to be simply a principled opposition or a party with a real shot at power at the next general election in 2020. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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#CorbynWins but Labour divisions remain

24 Sep , 2016  

As expected Jeremy Corbyn has romped to victory with just under 62% of the vote in the Labour Leadership election, increasing his mandate from last year. The victory came despite a huge effort from the Labour Party apparatus to prevent Corbyn retaining his position, with tactics ranging from disenfranchising members to calling upon former front bench […]

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Khan misses the point with NYC terrorism comments

23 Sep , 2016  

Sadiq Khan made headlines during his visit to New York when he stated that terrorist attacks were now “part and parcel” of city life in places like London and New York. Yet Khan’s comments typically miss the point as he failed to expand on why attacks in cities like Brussels, Paris, London and New York had become […]

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How we should remember and teach Britain’s dark LGBTQ history

22 Sep , 2016  

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn this week outlined his support for LGBTQ Britons with the launch of his LGBT Manifesto. Within the six page document Corbyn suggested plans to include LGBT history within the British curriculum if elected leader. Although several other manifesto pledges were also put forward the press happily portrayed this novel idea as […]

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Why do so many in the media bemoan the no platform movement?

22 Sep , 2016  

A recent Guardian interview with NUS President Malia Bouattia brought up the debate on no platforms, which usually see a policy adopted, typically in student unions, whereby a vote is passed to prevent certain speakers from talking on site, hence the name no platform. The logic behind the move is really very simple (despite protestations from […]

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UK will be on the wrong side of history regarding refugees

21 Sep , 2016  

Theresa May used her debut speech at the UN to outline her anti-migrant, anti-refugee stance. Knowing that Britain was far along the route taken by those coming to Europe, May argued that refugees should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach, a policy that would insulate Britain from any responsibility to take in refugees. Without any […]

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Corbyn will win but what next?

20 Sep , 2016  

On Friday we will be graced with the results of the Labour Leadership election that has been wrangling on for months and whilst a lot of people have switched off from it, many in the media have been continuing to try and discredit Jeremy Corbyn, whilst trying to haplessly present Owen Smith as the peoples champ. […]

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The precarious nature of whiteness

19 Sep , 2016  

What it means to be white is something that is often heavily contested when we delve into the realms of white privilege and more arbitery racial classifications. Typically we assume that anyone with light skin is white, but the connotations of “whiteness” go deeper, relating to Anglo-Saxon heritage, an ability to speak English as a […]