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Hardeep Matharu

Hardeep Matharu is the Editor of Byline Times

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Year: 2020
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Britain’s Rump Trumpocracy: An Imperial State – Without An Empire

, 12 November 2020
As the US moves away and Brexit crumbles, former Prime Minister John Major has exposed the isolation and colonial nostalgia of Britain, argues Hardeep Matharu

Imperial Amnesia Strikes Back: ‘Racism in America Nothing to do with Us’

, 21 October 2020
In a debate on the UK’s Black History Month, Kemi Badenoch highlighted the Government’s colonial arrogance by deflecting attention and throwing its ‘special’ ally under the bus

Johnson’s Suggestion that ‘Freedom-Loving’ Britain has a Death Wish May Be his Greatest Insight

, 22 September 2020
With 60,000 people dead from COVID-19, a failing economy, a trashed international reputation, a ‘no deal’ Brexit looming and a second Coronavirus wave, Hardeep Matharu explores whether the Prime Minister is right in declaring that the British public’s own sense of exceptionalism has put the UK on a unique, sadopopulist path

UNCONSCIOUS EMPIRE: Saving ‘Britannia’ and Losing the Plot

, 25 August 2020
Continuing to wage a Steve Bannon-style culture war, Boris Johnson’s Government will do nothing to confront the damaging legacy of our imperial past because its mythologised symbolism is all it has to sell to Brexit Britain, argues Hardeep Matharu

The Cummings Scandal: A Benchmark for Political Impunity

, 19 August 2020
Three months after his breach of lockdown rules came to light, Hardeep Matharu explores the precedent set by the No 10 chief advisor’s callous hoodwinking of the public – a fundamental degrading of democracy that was missed by the Labour Party at a dangerous cost

REFLEXIVE CONTROL: Boris Johnson is Doing Putin’s Job for Him

, 21 July 2020
Hardeep Matharu explores how the Government’s entire approach to the notion of foreign interference and the Russia Report reveals how far it is willing to go to erode the British political system itself

Beyond Exceptional: The Etonian English Imperialism at the Heart of a Deadly COVID-19 Crisis

, 5 June 2020
With one of the highest Coronavirus death rates in the world, the UK has proven itself to be exceptional. But its problems go beyond shallow notions of complacency and are rooted in deep-seated structural and cultural oppression

Dominic Cummings’ Biggest Blind Spot is Dominic Cummings

, 26 May 2020
Hardeep Matharu explores why the chief advisor's revelation about his failing eyesight was so revealing – about his lack of self-knowledge and need for reality.

Britain's Chernobyl: COVID-19 and the Cost of Lies

, 15 May 2020
Hardeep Matharu finds echoes of the nuclear explosion that helped end the Soviet Union and the UK's response to COVID-19, which has resulted in one of the highest Coronavirus death rates in the world.

Did Experts Fail to “Speak Truth to Power” Over 'Targeted Herd Immunity'?

, 13 April 2020
Hardeep Matharu speaks to a NHS consultant about how the politics of inevitability infected the UK Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: We Must Resist this Exercise in Hypernormalisation

, 10 April 2020
Hardeep Matharu warns against becoming numb to the constructed reality being created by politicians as the UK gets to grips with the immense human cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coronavirus Crisis: A “Distraction" of the Government's Own Making – Why ‘Herd Immunity’ Won’t Go Away

, 6 April 2020
A concept first discussed publicly by the Government itself, the Health Secretary is trying to put the genie back in the bottle – something which must not be allowed when people’s lives are the cost.

'Downstream of Culture': How Identity Politics Swept Labour Away

, 28 February 2020
While the right has turned politics into a culture war, the left has yet to tackle the politics of culture, says Hardeep Matharu.

From Sajid Javid to Rishi Sunak: Boris Johnson's New Version of the Old Colonial ‘Divide and Rule’ Game

, 14 February 2020
Hardeep Matharu explores what the rise of Conservative ethnic minority politicians reveals about the party's approach to race and diversity.

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