HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019
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30 December 2019
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20 December 2019,
With the British Prime Minister personally intervening to suppress a parliamentary report into Vladimir Putin’s ‘active measures’ in UK politics, Peter Jukes reveals what Boris Johnson wants to hide.
As the favourite to become our next Prime Minister launches his leadership bid, Otto English looks back on the life, times and the very many lies of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
Stephen Colegrave delves into the real reasons behind austerity and considers whether it was just a political fallacy.
Crime writer Duncan Campbell takes his seat in the press bench for a most satisfying trio of cases.
Jonathan Portes, Professor of economics and public policy at King’s College London, on why the UK has long been a country shaped by immigration and immigrants – and how the reality of this is not as bad as the rhetoric portrays.
Part Two of David Hencke’s investigation into the human and financial cost of MP Chris Grayling’s long list of now infamous blunders – in his current position as Transport Secretary.
A Royal Reality Check: How the Prorogation Crisis has Revealed the Queen as the Hollow Heart of the British Constitution
The greatest distinction of the Queen’s realm – that she has always been ‘above’ politics – has led to her historic humiliation and Anthony Barnett to ask: what’s the point of her?
Johnson, Gove, Cummings: The Trio Behind a Law-Breaking Campaign Obstructing Further Investigation – What are they Hiding?
MP Ian Lucas asks why Boris Johnson and his team will not appear before Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee to answer his important questions about electoral law.
As Trump heads to the UK for his first official state visit, praising Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, Caroline Orr excavates his history of corruption, misogyny, and racism.
Musa Okwonga examines how politicians with immigrant backgrounds are using this identity to win popular support for regressive policies against minority groups.
The complicated love-hate relationship British immigrants from former colonies have with the Empire cannot be ignored if lessons are to be learned in post-Brexit Britain.
‘The Idea is Trump and Boris are Alpha Males and their Ludicrous Sex Drive Tells You they are Winners’
As part of her Why Masculinity Matters series, Hardeep Matharu speaks to cultural commentator and writer Peter York about why ideas of toxic masculinity seem to be more relevant in politics than ever.
As part of the March of the Oligarchs series, Stephen Colegrave looks at the impact of the super rich on the English middle class.
Though most people assume Steve Bannon-style populism arrived with Brexit in 2016, the planning, the people, and the project first came together three years earlier.
Iain Overton reports on a medical centre in eastern Ukraine which was caught in an unexpected war – a war which transformed everything.
Continuing his reports on the atrocities in western China, CJ Werleman documents more of Beijing’s crimes against humanity.
CJ Werleman on why the international community should hang its head in shame over its failure to help stop the genocide still ongoing in Myanmar.
Poet and playwright Frank McGuinness recalls the hard border of his youth in Donegal, and fears for our future under the cruel arrogance of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Steve Shaw reports from Hong Kong on the revolution sweeping the streets of the island and its fight for democracy.
BeLeave whistleblower Shahmir Sanni named various individuals involved in electoral wrongdoing during the 2016 EU Referendum – now they’re in power.
Otto English on the tragic story of how the social media civil war of the last few years has cost him dearly.
Mike Stuchbery on a renaissance artist who overcame the predatory sexism of her day and survives as an emblem of feminist persistence.
Poet Salena Godden reflects on the life and passing of the inspirational Toni Morrison.
Steve Jones recalls how Facebook took him on a dark journey and why he now regrets voting to Leave the EU.
‘Joker’ Review: This Dark Tale of Gotham City Shows How a Hellish Populism Could Take Hold of Our Society
Chris Sullivan gives his take on the controversial new film starring Joaquin Phoenix and compares its dystopian vision with 1970s New York and the UK today.
John Mitchinson on why we should cut the pub garden pest some slack.