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Identity, Empire and the Culture War
Byline Times explores the weaponisation of Britain's past as a key tool in a dark project of division and distraction
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'Refusal of Corbyn's Labour to Fight Back Against the Right's Culture War a Big Mistake'
Hardeep Matharu speaks to Faiza Shaheen, a Labour candidate in the General Election, about why the British left cannot simply bury its head in the sand over the dangerous politicisation of race and class.
This is My England, and Yours: Reclaiming Englishness
Now that English Nationalism has been unleashed, Peter Jukes argues that we must all try to restore England's buried civic tolerance and historic diversity.
The Man in the High Castle: How to Evict the Conservatives from their Nationalist Redoubt
While Boris Johnson broke all the rules in the 2019 General Election, his opponents must create new networks to bring him to book.
'A Sikh Man Standing Up for Muslim Women Mattered in Exposing Boris Johnson's Divide and Rule Dog Whistle Politics'
Hardeep Matharu sat down with MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi to discuss his passionate taking down of the Prime Minister and his derogatory comparisons labelling Muslim women as letter boxes and bank robbers.
The Dangers of Priti Patel's Racial Gatekeeping
Musa Okwonga examines how politicians with immigrant backgrounds are using this identity to win popular support for regressive policies against minority groups.
How We Came to Forget: Imperial Amnesia Helped Propel Brexit – It's Time to Set the Historical Record Straight
Hardeep Matharu explores a new National Trust project designed to shed light on the colonial roots of country houses and the need for a more honest, less mythical discussion of Britain's past.
‘Brexiters Used Empire in the Mind to Weaponise People's Prejudices and Fantasies'
A sense of British exceptionalism based on our colonial past is "alive and kicking" in hearts and minds – and we must make ourselves aware of it, warns Lord Victor Adebowale
Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Brexiters' Persistent Myths of Empire
Britain has not really faced up to losing an empire and the unresolved cost is playing out through the traumas of Brexit.
EXCLUSIVE How the Shooting Down of a Malaysian Jet Reveals Corbyn's Putin Problem
Paul Canning reveals the Labour Leadership's alarming tendency to mitigate the crimes of the Kremlin.
The Myths of Immigration Just Don't Add Up
Jonathan Portes, Professor of economics and public policy at King's College London, on why the UK has long been a country shaped by immigration and immigrants – and how the reality of this is not as bad as the rhetoric portrays.
Brexit and Empire: Nostalgia for a Nation that Never Was is Driving Britain over a Cliff
With the likely next Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, praising Britain today as the 'Greatest Place on Earth' all the unlearned lessons of Empire are coming back to haunt us.
Why do the British Not Eat Horsemeat? How Icons of the British Countryside have been Weaponised by the Brexit Establishment
Iain Overton on where power has always resided in Britain – and why the horse is its ultimate symbol.
Divide and Rule: ‘Colonial Mindsets Fuelling Islamophobia and Racism’
Hardeep Matharu speaks to Tahir Butt, a Muslim campaigner who spent nearly 30 years in the police, about his experience of racism and identity.
MYTH AND TABOO: Can Integration Ever Solve Racism?
Far from being topics of taboo, integration, immigration and racism have been politicised for years in dishonest narratives. Are Tony Blair and other centrists going down the same path again as populism rears its ugly head once more?
The Global Terror Network – From the Christchurch Mosque to the San Diego Synagogue
CJ Werleman on the spreading 'white genocide' ideology and online radicalisation behind the rising tide of Far-right terror attacks.