It’s the line that just won’t die.
Although the Rhodes Must Fall campaign has petered out in recent months and it’s leader’s Facebook posts have overtaken the movement in terms of media attention, critics of the movement continue to claim it designed to destroy history.
An Oxford Don has even compared the movement’s desire to remove a statue honouring the father of Apartheid to “Isil’s destruction of Antiquities”.
This could not be further from the truth.
Following the atrocious attacks in Brussels that resulted in the deaths of 31 people, there has been a vast and understandable outpouring of sympathy.
Hashtags were quickly set up, memes of defiance swamped social media and the attacks received blanket coverage in the media.
Once the initial shock of the explosions subsided, a number of articles emerged criticising the lack of coverage dedicated to the Ankara bombings that had occurred just days before.
Most of the media attention paid to the Investigatory Powers Bill, otherwise known as the Snooper’s Charter, has focused on whether the government should be able to have access to our personal data.
This is an important debate, but I think most of us already assumed that the government was able to read everything we do online. If GCHQ isn’t doing it, the NSA almost certainly is. We may not like it, but we have just accepted it as a reality of modern life.The Tory mantra of “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”, has hit home with a lot of people, even if it is borrowed from Joseph Goebbels.
But does this mean that the snoopers charter is logical and rational step to protect Britain’s national security? Far from it. In fact, there are many real tangible risks of the government’s plan that are currently going underreported. Continue reading “Why you should fear Theresa May’s Snooper’s Charter”
Jeremy Corbyn is getting a lot wrong at the moment. Even his most passionate defenders would have to admit that. He seems to be on a quest to alienate himself from the media, whose support he will need to have any hope of getting elected. In his quest to appear totally above the mirky world of Westminster politics, he has missed wide open goals and is letting himself be attacked by opponents who aren’t living up to his high minded tactics.
In essence, he doesn’t care what his operation looks like from the outside as long as his inner circle is happy. And that’s his problem – who cares what things look like from the inside?
But, being lenient with him, let’s examine the defences he could be putting up if he were so inclined. Continue reading “In defence of Jeremy Corbyn”
Prior to June 2nd, Jeremy Corbyn was an almost unknown political entity. His humanitarian campaigns, like his efforts to free his constituent Andy Tsege from Ethiopian prison I spoke to him about in February, received limited national press coverage. Jump forward two months and Corbynmania has taken hold. Depending on who you ask, Jeremy Corbyn is either the saviour of an austerity hit nation, the man who will single handedly destroy Britain, or a smouldering Clooney-esque sex symbol.
The European Union generally suffers from excessively poor press. The negatives of membership are overstated, whilst the benefits are underreported. This has warped people’s perceptions of the EU and led to an increase in Euroscepticism. Continue reading “The press has made Britiain Eurosceptic”