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Hardeep Matharu

Hardeep Matharu is the Editor of Byline Times

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Year: 2020
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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

Prince Harry Calls Time on the System of Secrets and Lies Modern Britain is Built On

, 7 July 2020
Comments by the Queen’s grandson on the need to ‘right those wrongs’ from the past across the Commonwealth reveal why he is rebelling against the system that created him

Priti Patel Cannot Make Herself a Poster Girl for a ‘Non-Racist Britain’

, 15 June 2020
By using herself as an example of how Britain is not a racist a country, the Home Secretary is blind to how such thinking keeps structural inequality firmly in place against others from minority communities, writes Hardeep Matharu

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

BAME COVID-19 DEATHS: The Coronavirus Might Not Discriminate – But Societies Do

, 2 June 2020
Public Health England's report into risk factors associated with COVID-19 deaths has revealed the structural inequality and poverty endangering lives.

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.

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 Year of Living Distantly: We Were Boxed In Before Lockdown

, 9 April 2020
Byline Times' Editor Hardeep Matharu reflects on some of the profound questions raised by the Coronavirus pandemic and how we have been living our lives.

Labour Must Win Over England or Accept Never Winning Power Again

, 5 March 2020
Hardeep Matharu explores the findings of a new report suggesting that the Labour Party must go beyond economic and social concerns and engage with people's feelings about their identity.

'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.

Psychology Isn’t Enough: The Failure to Prevent Individual Terror Attacks

, 5 February 2020
Hardeep Matharu looks at how longer sentences and current counter-radicalisation policy fails to address the real risks.

‘This Happens to Other People – and then You Realise Other People Are You’

, 5 February 2020
The father of terror victim Jack Merritt celebrates his son’s priso reforming spirit and speaks out against the Government’s approach to religious radicalisation

Boris Johnson Will 'Play the Nationalist Card' to Stay in Power, Gordon Brown Warns

, 21 January 2020
The former Prime Minister said in a speech that he agrees with George Orwell's distinction between "patriotism" and "nationalism" and fears the Union of the UK could be over without fundamental constitutional reform.

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