Liberation

A Moral Imperative

Last month’s election was much more than just a political defeat for Labour: it was a moment of profound moral failure, the latest in a series with far too many examples to be recounted. Over the last four years, antisemites have been indulged in the Labour Party, protected by institutional inertia, and encouraged by the conduct of the party’s most senior figures.…

The End of a Long Road

For a lot of people, there is one particular issue that hooks them into politics. Something that they care about enough to spend their weekends at rallies, and then after a while their weekday evenings at dull meetings, until they find themselves booking rooms and printing posters and agreeing to go leafleting at odd hours and then suddenly, they have become political,…

Bernie Sanders and Jewishness

As a left-wing, secular Jewish member of the Labour Party, I have recently been noticing a particular pattern of behaviour from Labour activists and members on social media. Like many party members, I have been avidly following the Democratic primary in the US, and like many party members, I’ve followed Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist, since his insurgent campaign for the…

Antisemitism in the UK

Late on the night of the 26th of March 2015. Jeremy Paxman looked at Ed Miliband with steely eyes: ‘They see you as a North London Geek’. It was a defining moment of the election. It followed years of criticism in which Ed Miliband was othered and represented as alien to mainstream British society. We saw it just as well on British…

Standing in Solidarity With Our Trans Siblings

The Chair of @youngfabians & LGBT+ Officer for @OpenLabour: @Charlottelvn90 speaking about the mental health of LGBT+ people and also speaking out against transphobia at #LabourConference2019 “Labour stands for everyone, and everyone has the right to be who they are.” pic.twitter.com/3AvKBz0RpS — Paul L. McGowan 🏳️‍🌈 (@PaulLMcGowan) September 25, 2019 If you’ve been to Labour Party Conference, you’ll know standing at the…

Jo Swinson Said Trans Rights

In recent years, the Mumsnet Q&A has become a staple of British politics. Senior politicians such as David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon have all run the gauntlet of answering questions from the parenting website’s users at some point or another. Interviews typically range from light-hearted personal questions – “what is your favourite biscuit” being a favourite which Gordon…

Autism in the UK

Earlier this year, at the age of 25, I discovered that I am within the estimated one percent of the UK population that is on the autism spectrum. Like many autistic adults who receive a delayed diagnosis, I have found the revelation to be earth-shattering and emotionally exhausting. Finally being diagnosed as autistic caused a lifetime of traumatic experiences to flood into…

Queer Connections

For millennials and Generation Z, life is increasingly lived online. Friendships are maintained through Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, news is read on Twitter and relationships are created through Tinder. Outside the social hubs of school and university, online networks such as Twitter and closed Facebook groups can be a great way to find people with similar interests and make new friends. There…