Who We are and What Unites Us

The British Empire remains a subject of both shame and glorification, subject of public controversy Sathnam Sanghera, addresses many of the issues that are now urgent subjects of debate- such as Britain’s role in the slave trade and the links between empire and multiculturalism. Sanghera shows how our imperial past is everywhere including how we…

Boris’s screeching U-Turns amid outcry and Owen Paterson resigns

Boris Johnson today ditched his plans announced only yesterday  to reform parliamentary disciplinary system after a catastrophic unforced error and ferocious backlash and media outcry including both Tory and Labour media alike and MPs. Labour is still weak holding this government to account. Owen Paterson leaves politics altogether protesting his innocence. In a dramatic U-turn…

Tories rip anti-sleaze rule to save corrupt MP

Suspension of Owen Paterson halted as MPs vote to review the system. Boris Johnson wants the independent system of combating sleaze in Parliament yesterday as he threw the government’s weight behind protecting Tory MP who was found to have repeatedly breached lobbying rules. This MP took £ 500, 000 from firms he lobbied for breaching…

Cold War, Africa and CIA’s poisoned acts

A revelatory history of how postcolonial African Independence movements were systematically undermined by one nation above all the US. In 1968 in Accra, Ghana, the Hands of Africa conference brought together the leading figures of African independence in a public show of political strength and purpose. Led by charismatic Kwame Nkrumah, who had just won…

Colin Powell dies of Covid aged 84

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell has died of Covid-19 complication aged 84 on Monday morning. The former top military officer became the first African-American secretary of state in 2001 under Republican President George W Bush. He ran into controversy for helping garner support for the Iraq War. Powell was previously been diagnosed with…

Johnson: Our mission is to promote opportunity

“Our mission as Conservatives, we promote opportunity across the UK” Boris Johnson has told his party conference. In the leader’s first conference 45-minute upbeat speech peppered with occasional jokes, the PM said fixing the “broken housing market” and boosting infrastructure would help “level Up” the economy. He said reducing regional inequality was the “greatest project…

Tory Conference: Boris pledges “Big, Bold decisions”

Boris Johnson has pledged the Conservatives will “change and improve” the economy after the pandemic, as the party opens its annual conference in Manchester. Boris Johnson said the country cannot “go back to how things were” before Covid and accused the haulage industry of being too reliant on low-paid immigration, and shortages at petrol station,…

Crumbling Red Wall

  A critical political road-trip through ten constituencies that tell the story of Labour’s red wall crumbling  and an exploration of how, in the election of December 2019 a seismic switch to the Tories took place, from Sebastian Payne, Financial Times, Whitehall Editor and an award winning journalist. The red wall formed the foundation of…