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17/08/2018 12:14 PM
Labour’s Obligation to Peace Between Israel and Palestine Starts by Rejecting the IHRA Examples
In 2016 the Labour party accepted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. This summer it went further, admitting word-for-word eight of the eleven examples alongside that definition, while adding to the other three in its new code of conduct. Those modifications led to swift condemnation, and with Jeremy Corbyn now hinting compromise, […]

13/08/2018 06:54 PM
Why Does Britain Love Racist Toffs?
Turns out a press pack can be pacified with nothing more than a cup of tea. Tonight Michael Walker and Ash Sarkar ask why the establishment get a carte blanche for racism.

11/08/2018 12:17 PM
Boris Johnson is Courting the Far-Right
Writing for the Telegraph earlier this week, Boris Johnson explained why a ban on the burqa was wrong. He did so while mocking both it and the niqab – describing them as “ridiculous” and rendering those who wear them liable to resemble “letterboxes” and “robbers”. The intention behind Johnson’s article is easy enough to understand. Far from an unforced […]

09/08/2018 02:13 PM
Why Has the Bank of England Decided to Raise Interest Rates?
Last week, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to raise the base rate of interest – the rate at which the bank lends money to commercial banks – from 0.5% to 0.75%. The Bank of England has a government-set remit to change the base rate in order to keep inflation within 2% […]

08/08/2018 05:00 PM
Elections in Pakistan: A Populist Moment?
On 25 July 2018, Pakistan held a general election in which the Pakistan Movement for Justice Party (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, PTI) – led by celebrity-cricketer Imran Khan – emerged as the largest party in parliament. For a country marred by long bouts of military rule, the continuity of (at least formal) democracy might be taken as […]

07/08/2018 09:55 PM
Bookshops, Bannon and the Fight Against Fascism
On Saturday evening, Bookmarks bookshop in central London, long a  stalwart of the socialist and trade union movement in Britain, was invaded and attacked by demonstrators bearing alt-right placards, Trump masks and “Make Britain Great Again” hats. The same slogans had been on display hours earlier at a protest called in support of the far-right American […]

06/08/2018 10:30 AM
A Row With No End? Labour, Israel and Antisemitism
Michael is joined by Barnaby Raine to discuss the latest iteration of Labour’s “antisemitism row”. The show will feature a video link with Norman Finkelstein speaking from New York.

03/08/2018 01:37 PM
Establishment Journalists Only Call Out ‘Fake News’ When It Suits Them
In the days before the Brexit vote, the electorate faced an unprecedented barrage of misinformation. At the heart of that was the official Vote Leave campaign, which spent more than £2.7m on targeted Facebook ads and intentionally splurged the majority of its budget in the final week.  Thanks to the Select Committee on Culture, Media […]

01/08/2018 12:27 PM
Wildfires and Tower Block Blazes Aren’t Freak Accidents – These Are the Fires of Austerity
The day after wildfires tore along Athens’ east coast, I was stuck in a traffic jam. We were sitting in the seaside town of Mati, the epicentre of the inferno, where at least 91 people are known to have died. Some trees were still smouldering. Many of the houses were blackened shells, others looked like […]

01/08/2018 11:20 AM
“Just Paint the Walls Pink”: Gender, Prison and Carceral Feminism
Oonagh Ryder speaks to Mo Mansfield, a social justice campaigner and women’s sector professional. They discuss what carceral feminism is, how it has helped to expand and entrench the criminal justice system and how we can move beyond this towards an abolitionist feminism.