Teen voters could yet bring havoc for Brexit backers.

Successive governments have let the next generation of voters down, and badly. The current crop of late teens should remember this when they make their first mark at the ballot box. The Institute of Fiscal Studies last week released a report into schools funding in the UK (revealing while there will be overall increases in … Continue reading Teen voters could yet bring havoc for Brexit backers.

LGBT History Month reminds us how far the community has come, but battles remain for equality.

This year’s LGBT History Month, which takes place throughout February, focuses on the theme of citizenship, PSHE, and law, to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales (Scotland and Northern Ireland wouldn’t decriminalise until 1981 and 1982 respectively). It's a time where local councils, government departments, and other … Continue reading LGBT History Month reminds us how far the community has come, but battles remain for equality.

An open letter to Stephen Barclay MP

Events are moving rapidly right now, from the impromptu protests at US airports against Trump's #MuslimBan Executive Order, to the promotion of Steve Bannon to the National Security Council over the Joint Chiefs. A petition of the British parliament calling for the cancellation of the planned state visit by Trump has reached over 420,000 signatories in … Continue reading An open letter to Stephen Barclay MP

Even Stranger Things: Events like Trump and Brexit have taken us to the Upside Down, but we can find our way back.

There are times when a series of events makes you question what on earth is going on. To be honest, it’s fair to say that the cascade of domino-like political events over the past 18 months have caused me – and no doubt millions of others – to ponder whether we’re living something akin to … Continue reading Even Stranger Things: Events like Trump and Brexit have taken us to the Upside Down, but we can find our way back.

The Women’s March was a tremendous start, but the work has only just begun.

It’s estimated that approximately three million people took to the streets of 600 cities around the world on Saturday, coincidentally around the same figure as Hillary Clinton’s popular vote margin over Donald Trump. Footage of the anti-Trump rallies in LA, New York, Seattle, London – and even in deep red states including Kentucky, Texas, and … Continue reading The Women’s March was a tremendous start, but the work has only just begun.

‘Day one’ for the United States under Trump, as the world holds its breath.

The deed is done, and what was dismissed by most – including myself – 19 months ago, has become reality: Donald Trump has taken the oath of office and is the 45th President of the United States of America. Such a fact, that it is Trump who will sit in the Oval Office for the … Continue reading ‘Day one’ for the United States under Trump, as the world holds its breath.

‘Head in the sand’ UK Government is putting the country’s health at risk.

Take in a deep breath and read the following. Ready? Ok: Junior doctors contracts The ongoing encroachment of privatisation A&E departments in crisis A lack of hospital beds Regular closure of GP surgeries Waiting lists are at their longest since 2007 A critical lack of social care A £22bn financial black hole by 2020. Aaaaaaaand, … Continue reading ‘Head in the sand’ UK Government is putting the country’s health at risk.

Jenny Swift’s death while on remand at HMP Doncaster is a stark reminder the fight for transgender rights must continue.

The death of Jenny Swift while on remand at HMP Doncaster, a category B male prison described by inspectors in 2016 as “very poor” and “violent”, has once again highlighted the need for the ongoing strengthening of transgender rights in the UK. Ms. Swift, whose death was announced last week, was the fourth transgender woman … Continue reading Jenny Swift’s death while on remand at HMP Doncaster is a stark reminder the fight for transgender rights must continue.

Labour needs courage and pragmatism, not arrogance, if it’s to avoid obsolescence.

Oh, Labour. I get very frustrated by Her Majesty’s Opposition, which has endured a 2016 full of infighting and backstabbing, not to mention sustained, depleting support in the polls. This in a year when the Conservatives were having their own problems: the new bastards (Boris Johnson and Michael Gove) emerged; being led by a limp … Continue reading Labour needs courage and pragmatism, not arrogance, if it’s to avoid obsolescence.

ID at the ballot box: An attack on our democracy

Plans for identification to be used on election days to combat voter fraud, as suggested in a Government response to a review by former Communities Secretary, Sir Eric Pickles, have drawn negative attention over the past day – and rightfully so. Among the 50 recommendations he makes to Government, the suggestion is that the electorate … Continue reading ID at the ballot box: An attack on our democracy