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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 Descent: Supremacy Not Sovereignty was Always the Dark Heart of Brexit

, 14 December 2020
The central myth of Britain leaving the EU reveals the country’s insecure imperial ambitions and unresolved identity crisis, says Hardeep Matharu

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

Imperial Power & Conservative Taboo: ‘Shutting Down Debate on Empire is Britain’s Ultimate Imperial Legacy’

, 30 September 2020
Following the backlash over a ‘wokeist’ National Trust report on the links of historic buildings to colonialism and slavery, Hardeep Matharu speaks to one of its editors about how the predictable response is itself a hangover from the country’s colonial era

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

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.

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.

The Coronavirus Crisis: ‘We've Followed the Science' – The Ultimate Revenge on the Experts We've 'Had Enough Of'?

, 24 April 2020
Hardeep Matharu explores how those at the heart of Government have quickly switched from deriding experts to loving them – and why this volteface may not be so benign.

Life in the Farage Lane

, 4 March 2020

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