Politics

Trump’s America Has Been the Reality for Trans Women for Decades

We’re two years into Trump’s America, and so far we’ve seen hateful acts that seemed unfathomable just two years ago. Besides his blatant racism and xenophobia, one of the most prominent prongs of the Trump hate-train is a deep and violent misogyny, reflected in the president’s speech, rhetoric, and political …

Have the Brexit Blues killed Labour’s Leftist Rebirth under Corbyn?

Prior to the recent Labour Party conference held in Liverpool, Twitter was buzzing with increasing support for a second referendum (dubbed the People’s Vote on Brexit). Prior to the conference, Corbyn was clear that his preferred resolution of the Brexit issues would not be a second referendum, but a fresh …

Why GDPR Matters to You (No, Really)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or refusing the check your emails for the past six months, you’ve probably heard about GDPR. It’s new piece of data privacy legislation that’s supposed to make life better for ordinary people, but in reality has just clogged up their inboxes with a …

It’s Time to Talk About the NHS’ Mental Health Crisis

Trigger warning: terrorism, suicide, mental health issues and treatment. — A little under a year ago, Manchester Arena was attacked by a suicide bomber, and 22 people died, and many more were injured. Money was donated to the survivors, and local and national government made all sorts of promises. But, …

Are Universities Too Tolerant of Racism?

Trigger Warning: This piece contains discussion of racism, racial abuse, and racial slurs. — Last month, two incidents of black university students being racially attacked garnered a lot of online attention. I am saddened to say, one of these incidents took place at De Montfort University where I graduated from …

DWP Use Gym Footage to Punish Disabled People

If you’ve ever claimed Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), formerly known as Incapacity Benefit, or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), formerly known as Disability Living Allowance (DLA), you’re probably familiar with the way that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) operate around disabled people, and those unable to work. ATOS …

Britain’s Long and Dark Relationship with Eugenics

Trigger Warning: This article contains discussions of ableism (including ableist slurs), classim, racism, and eugenics. — Recently, Conservative Vice-Chair Ben Bradley made headlines by calling for people living in poverty to be sterilised in order to prevent Britain from “drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters.” Granted, he did write …