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Hardeep Matharu

Hardeep Matharu is the Editor of Byline Times

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‘Out of the Picture: After the Queen’s Death, Will Britain Finally Confront Itself?’

, 15 September 2022
Britain has hidden a key part of our story from ourselves. With the Queen’s death marking a decisive shift, it’s time for us all to start building a better picture of our country and its past, writes Hardeep Matharu

The Identity Trap: Race, Representation and the Rise of Conservative Diversity

, 11 August 2022
Rishi Sunak is in the running to be Britain’s first prime minister of colour – but the debate around whether this will be a good thing for ethnic minorities has laid bare conflicting ideas about the 'individual' and the 'collective', writes Hardeep Matharu

‘Carriegate’: How the Prime Minister and his Hacks Scratch Each Others’ Backs

, 20 June 2022
The mystery of a disappearing story about Boris Johnson’s wife once again confirms the merger between the political and media classes distorting British democracy, says Hardeep Matharu

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: An Unprecedented Reign – But What Next for 21st Century Britain?

, 1 June 2022
The Queen's 70 years on the throne have seen Britain undergo extraordinary change – how will the monarchy's constitutional and societal role continue to evolve in the years ahead?

Backwards Britain: Having Rejected a European Future, We Can Only Hark Back to an Imperial Past

, 5 April 2022
Hardeep Matharu explores how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has exposed the UK's perilous retreat – at a time when collaboration and a new vision of itself is required to navigate the dangerous realities of a changing world
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‘A Deeply Dangerous Power Grab by the Home Secretary’: Conservative Peer Calls for Plans to Strip Citizenship Without Warning to be Scrapped

, 6 January 2022
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi told peers that immigrants' fears that future generations would be treated like outsiders and second-class citizens are not unfounded

‘If Someone Told Me to Go Back and Live In Romania, I Would Really Struggle’

, 22 December 2021
Hardeep Matharu speaks to Romanian-born Labour county councillor Dr Alex Bulat about damaging political narratives around migration, the insidious nature of British prejudice and why she has always felt more at home in the UK

‘A Populist Demagogue’ – Johnson’s Government ‘Most Extreme I’ve Seen’, says Former Tory Attorney General

, 11 December 2021
Dominic Grieve told Byline TV that the Government’s disregard for the rule of law, its xenophobic rhetoric over migrants and its cronyism show why the Conservative Party’s problems go beyond one leader

‘Terrifying’ – Johnson’s Government ‘Following Far-Right Playbook’ on Crushing Dissent

, 7 December 2021
Labour peer and former Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti told Byline Times that new amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill are designed to frame people peacefully demonstrating as terrorists

‘History Will Judge this Shabby Government’ and its Weaponisation of Refugee Lives, says Lord Alf Dubs

, 26 November 2021
The Labour peer – who fled the Nazis and came to Britain as a child refugee in 1939 – told Byline Times that Priti Patel’s plans "to penalise people for the way they reach safety is absolutely unheard of in the history of refugees"

Even as the World Burns, Johnson has to Play his Anti-Immigrant Fiddle

, 1 November 2021
The Prime Minister activated his base in the one way he really knows how, when he claimed that the fall of the Roman Empire has great lessons for today’s climate emergency, says Hardeep Matharu

‘Us and Them’ Politics Puts Us All in Danger

, 16 October 2021
The more we are wound up through a divisive politics of polarisation, the less safe we all ultimately are, says Hardeep Matharu

‘Deserving’ or ‘Undeserving’ Refugees? Johnson and Patel’s Afghanistan Problem

, 16 August 2021
With a key pillar of the Government’s ‘culture war’ protecting our island nation from unpalatable ‘others’, Hardeep Matharu explores the crass and complex classifications at the heart of the Government’s neocolonial immigration policy

‘Good Chaps’ Left the Building a While Ago, Britain – It’s Time to Wake Up

, 23 July 2021
Hardeep Matharu argues that Labour MP Dawn Butler’s removal from the House of Commons after calling Boris Johnson a ‘liar’ finally exposed the structural failings at the heart of the British state

‘Met Police Response to its Institutional Corruption is a Form of Institutional Corruption’

, 22 July 2021
The chair of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel says the Metropolitan Police’s immediate denial of systemic issues of corruption in the force demonstrates the very problem its report into a 34-year-old unsolved murder highlighted

David Cameron: Johnson’s Convenient Scapegoat

, 13 April 2021

‘Diversity’: A Smokescreen Not A Solution

, 25 March 2021

Why is Sarah Everard’s Murder a Tipping Point?

, 16 March 2021

The Powerful Lure of the Soft Fascism Within

, 1 December 2020
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