August 30, 2020

The Institute for Government describes the National Security Advisor (NSA) as the “central coordinator and advisor to the Prime Minister and cabinet on security, intelligence, defence and some foreign policy matters”. They are crucial in creating a coherent approach to...

August 18, 2020

One of the staple parts of the coronavirus pandemic, from a news perspective, was the daily government press conference. Every evening at 5pm, a minister and - generally - two scientific advisers, would disclose the latest number of new cases and deaths from or with CO...

August 13, 2020

After months of speculation, Joe Biden’s search for a governing partner culminated in the somewhat unsurprising selection of Senator Kamala Harris of California. The decision has been hailed by America’s leading Black voices as a “moment of historic significance” and “...

August 12, 2020

We’ve seen the videos of those miserable looking hooded men waggling their hands and fingers in the air flanked by a pack of equally despondent teenagers in tacky tracksuits, and yet not many of us understand the nuanced world of grime, the child of hip hop.

As a middle...

July 27, 2020

Who would’ve guessed? Mere months ago, there was a near consensus among pundits that the COVID-19 outbreak had single-handedly brought the career of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu back from the brink. Amidst widespread hysteria regarding the country’s prepar...

July 27, 2020

During lockdown, a maelstrom of Twitter accounts have emerged that meticulously judge the décor, artwork and bookshelves of television pundits, providing a rare glimpse into the lives of the commentariat. One of the lesser known of these accounts, @CaroOnRoomRater, is...

July 13, 2020

On both sides of the Atlantic, last week marked a step backwards in trans rights. The Trump administration has moved to allow healthcare providers the choice to deny certain medical procedures to transgender people. Meanwhile, in the UK, a series of provisions allowing...

July 13, 2020

At the start of the race to become the Democratic candidate, Elizabeth Warren seemed to be a firm favourite. She was a solid progressive (less radical than Sanders), friendly with her rivals to secure party unity and seemed to be doing everything right. However, as man...

July 7, 2020

I went to see the statue of Haile Selassie (the last emperor of Abyssinia/Ethiopia) in Cannizaro Park just a couple of weeks ago to honour the Ethiopians as the first victims of fascist aggression in the world. I didn't imagine that I wouldn't be able to again due to i...

June 5, 2020

We now know what a counterfeit $20 bill gets you, and it sure as hell isn’t justice.

Such was the case of George Floyd who was alleged to have purchased cigarettes from a shop with a forged $20 bill. Minutes after returning from the shop, Floyd, assumed by staff to be i...

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