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Hardeep Matharu is the Editor of Byline Times

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The Identity Trap: No One Narrative Can Encompass the Different Dimensions of Diversity

, 18 November 2022
As Britain welcomes its first Asian Prime Minister, Hardeep Matharu explores how our pluralistic society is reflected in the multiplicity of its migrant experience – as demonstrated by the different reactions to Rishi Sunak’s rise 

‘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

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

‘Diversity’: A Smokescreen Not A Solution

, 25 March 2021
As Buckingham Palace conducts a ‘diversity review’, Hardeep Matharu explores how the focus on ‘opportunity’, minority recruitment drives and Boris Johnson’s ‘most diverse’ Cabinet actually sidesteps the issue of tackling systemic racism in Britain today

‘Uncomfortable Conversations’ Need to be had About Why Murder of Two Black Sisters ‘Hardly Made the News’, Says MP

, 22 March 2021
Dawn Butler spoke to Hardeep Matharu about why the culture of policing and its interaction with race must become part of the wider conversations being had around women’s rights and criminal justice

Why is Sarah Everard’s Murder a Tipping Point?

, 16 March 2021
Hardeep Matharu explores how the tragedy of Sarah Everard’s death has captured public attention in a way many other killings of women have not – and the questions this raises for us all

Beyond the Masquerade: The Real Powers Behind the Hollow Crown

, 9 March 2021
Hardeep Matharu explores how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have exposed the real power structures in Britain – now in full destructive, neo-imperial retreat

Anti-Woke Crusade Igniting Threats to Safety and Careers: ‘There’s So Much Hatred Projected at Women in Public Life’, Warns Historian

, 11 February 2021
Hardeep Matharu reports on how the history of the English countryside has turned into a dangerous battleground as various forces try to provoke an uncivil culture war

‘Marcus Rashford Can Get a Meeting with the Government About My Lunch and I Can’t. That’s Ridiculous’

, 28 January 2021
Following her successful social media campaign which led to a private company U-turning on providing meagre free school meals for children and the issue debated in Parliament, Hardeep Matharu speaks to Roadside Mum about poverty, stigmatisation and the shutting down of the voices which matter

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

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
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