Umunna’s EU amendment. Nothing to do with his front-bench rejection, of course


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umunna qs.pngChuka Umunna’s grandstanding on his unwinnable EU amendment on Thursday was only ever going to serve the purposes of one person: Chuka Umunna.

But it was nothing new.

Just after the General Election, Umunna was telling LBC Radio that he was ready to serve on Labour’s front bench after he had already been informed that his services were not required – and making comments that many saw as attempting to undermine Labour’s success in increasing their vote share in both leave and remain areas by banging the drum for what appeared to be a dilution of Labour’s Brexit stance.

Proposing an amendment to the Queen’s Speech that demanded levels of detail on EU proposals that the Tories are clearly not competent to map out when their whole Queen’s Speech was devoid of substance was only ever going to force the Tories (and DUP) to stick together – and not one broke…

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In law, if May can’t pass #QueensSpeech, #Corbyn AUTOMATICALLY becomes PM


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no 10The Tories announced today that Theresa May’s ‘Queen’s Speech’ programme for government has been postponed from its expected date of 19 June – clearly because they have so far been unable to reach agreement with the Democratic Unionists (DUP), who are queasy about the prospect of going into an unpopular government against the clear wish of many British people.

Even the possibility of a Tory-DUP deal has raised tensions and fears in Northern Ireland, with experts asserting that the collaboration between the two parties puts the ‘Good Friday Agreement’ at serious risk, threatening the fragile peace process.

In spite of this, the Tories persist in pursuing such a deal for their own narrow gain,

They have attempted to justify this tactic by claiming it’s ‘for the good of the country’ and that Britain would be destabilised, with no clear path of transition to a Labour government when the parliamentary…

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Dropping the mic in his own time: as-salamu alaykum Yasiin Bey


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by Jamal Mehmood

black-on-both-sidesEarlier this year, the artist formerly known as Mos Def gave his farewell performances in London. Hiphop’s own whirling dervish, who dared to whirl and pray on a simply decorated stage, dropping rose petals on a floor already filled with balloons. This was the Yasiin show. There was no formal set list (as was the case at the homecoming farewell at the Apollo in December); the artist chose from a celebrated back catalogue, as well as remixes of his own work. It was refreshing to see in a world in which live shows have become more and more experimental and elaborate, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing at all, but the control Bey had was true to who he is; never quite bending to current textures in a predictable way. Though there were new renditions, the set up was hiphop basics, a DJ and an MC. This…

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The Black Panther Movement is part of Black British History too


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by Amber Fletcher

The Black Panthers are well-known for their fight against racist oppression in America, but the importance of their work was not limited to the US. Their commitment to equality for black lives inspired black people around the world to stand up for their rights, including here in the UK.

With that in mind you’d expect that an influential documentary on the Black Panthers would have had some media attention. Strangely enough, though, it’s gone completely un-promoted, so let me make the case.

You might think the Black Panthers are outdated, or just an American answer to an American problem. But consider black victims of police brutality, the barriers faced by black academics and the lack of provision for high rates of mental illness in black communities in the UK today. We are organising now, as we always have, but we need to engage with our history.

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10 things I hate about me


I hate my stupid poker face that won’t show people how i feel, 

because I’ve spent my life telling people “I’m fine”, it’s natural for me to conceal.

I hate the fact I’m 6 foot one, not normal and not tall,
And I can’t buy anything cool in my size till the sales in the spring and fall.

I hate being allergic to half the menu in any decent restaurant,
You’ll get bored with the places i can eat and i can’t​ take you where you want.

I hate my awkward eyebrows
I hate my stupid grin
I hate the way i nod my head

I hate that it makes​ people think I listen

I hate the way anything that’s ever gone wrong never leaves my head.

I hate the fact my mind is too full for positives​ instead.

I hate the fact you’ll never know that guy who met your eye,

Because all the things I hate about me stopped me from coming over and saying “Hi”

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1,000 words | The Supreme Court’s Judgment in Miller


In this 1,000 words post I explain the key points decided by the UK Supreme Court in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2017] UKSC 5. I have written a separate, longer,…

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