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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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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

‘You See What People Can Do to Other People, People they Lived Side-By-Side With’: Ending the Silence on Partition and Empire

, 23 December 2020
As discussions of Empire and Britain’s imperial history have come to the forefront in 2020, Hardeep Matharu speaks to BBC journalist and author Kavita Puri to explore what she learnt from those who lived through the end of the colonial project in India about divisions tearing societies apart for her book ‘Partition Voices’

The Powerful Lure of the Soft Fascism Within

, 1 December 2020
Hardeep Matharu with a personal account from the psychological frontline of the culture wars exploring the inner appeal of hate, division and xenophobia

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

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

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 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.

'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.

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.

The Harder the Brexit, the More Likely a United Ireland

, 8 January 2020
MEP and leader of Northern Ireland's Alliance Party says the DUP were fools for trusting Boris Johnson who was always going to betray Unionism.

'Refusal of Corbyn's Labour to Fight Back Against the Right's Culture War a Big Mistake'

, 20 December 2019
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.

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