Culture

An MP in the family

I am part of a small group of people that you can only get into based on an accident of birth. Am I a member of the Royal Family? No. Instead, I am one of a small number of people whose parent also happens to be an MP. (Though I’m not a member of the Benn family, pictured above.) How many of…

Review: People’s Republic of Walmart

In his 2016 book ‘An American Utopia,’ the renowned Marxist theorist and critic Frederic Jameson suggested that Walmart may, counterintuitively, offer a guide for a post-capitalist future. Now, Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski have expanded on this provocation in their new book ‘People’s Republic of Walmart’, which attempts to reexamine the achievements of modern multinational capitalism through a socialist lens. Walmart, with…

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…

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…

Break Up Disney

Following its recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company has cemented its place as one of the largest entertainment companies on the planet. From The Simpsons to Star Wars, chances are that in the last few days you’ve watched, read, or listened to something that Disney owns. This follows a worrying trend of media being concentrated in the hands…

Sajid Javid, Racism and the Conservative Party

As a rule, I really don’t like Sajid Javid. He arguably hasn’t held a strong enough line against Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, denying the lived experience of many of his fellow party members and others in the Muslim community. Although he congratulated Sadiq Khan on his victory, he did not speak up against Zac Goldsmith’s disgraceful Islamophobic campaign against Khan, and…

Dan Didn’t Start The Fire

If you’ve held more than a passing interest in British vloggers in the past ten years, you’ve probably heard of Dan Howell. Since 2009, the now 27-year-old from Wokingham has been uploading videos to his YouTube channel,  formerly titled “danisnotonfire”, which now has over 6.5 million subscribers. Between 2013 and 2016 he also jointly presented a show on BBC Radio 1 with…