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A Sense of Identity: National Identity and the coming Census

Cate Earnshaw Dudley

Every decade a census is taken in England and Wales. This snapshot of all people and households gives information to help plan resource allocation, and will help future historians understand us. This year, there is a lot of chatter on social media asking the question ‘Do you feel European?’ with speculation whether we should, or […]

The Prehistory of Brexit

Simon Ferrigno

Humans all come from the same stock, the same place, the same gene pool. We so-called modern humans (Homo Sapiens[1]) all have common ancestors, all the way back in the mists of time, coming from the Great Rift Valley of Africa. All except a few – in their own opinion, that is. They believe they […]

Coothie Row

Shirley Martin

coothie row syne rangle’d rout sock-eyed thick’it aye – on tae victory see the crush’it gimmer red feel the star puls’d trummel’d head yon lone ranger gallopin’ ahead ball tucked firmly under – quick stride one! two! round waist arms threw torso sprawlin’, squirmin’, rollin’ bodies pilling o’wer  – thump the turf wi’ puckle’d hard […]

The great assembly

Stewart Tolley

James I is in many ways a monarch you would not want to emulate, an absolutist tyrant who believed in witchcraft and the divine right of Kings. However, when he came to the throne he understood the need for renewal and radical change, the need for symbols of the new kingdom he wanted to build. […]

LGBT+ History Month: More relevant than ever

Bryan Manley-Green

Since launching in the UK in February 2005 LGBT+ History Month has become an increasingly important time for the country to take stock of a largely hidden and multi-faceted strand of history. The UK version was set up by School’s Out,  initially to help schoolteachers but now reaching a much wider audience with events taking […]

The Question of Scottish Independence

John King

If Shakespeare’s Hamlet were here today he would no doubt have pondered the question of Scottish independence: “To be or not to be, that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler for Scotland to be a European country, or to be ruled over by Westminster?” And being Prince of Denmark, he would probably have opted for the former.

The NRG starts to show its hand

Anna Girolami

Last autumn, Jake Berry (MP for Rossendale and Darwen, good mate of East Midlands’ very own Robert Jenrick) and fifty other Conservative MPs sent a letter to Boris Johnson. The NRG was born.

JD Sports: “Brexit is considerably worse than expected.”

Anna Girolami

Executive chairman Peter Cowgill did not mince his words when he spoke to Radio 4’s World at One on Tuesday. The company is reeling from the effects of increased costs and administration. Cowgill believes that none of this was adequately explained to businesses prior to our departure seven weeks ago.

An evening with Dominic Grieve

George Smid

On 11 January 2021, East Midlands European Movement organised a Zoom discussion with Dominic Grieve, attended by dozens of supporters. Grieve hardly needs an introduction. He was MP for Beaconsfield from 1997 to 2019 and Shadow Home Secretary in 2008-09. He has been Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee and Attorney General. He is […]

Radicalism breeds radicalism

John Bland

I, like many people, was shocked by events in Bristol last summer that first brought the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement into the public conscience and sparked a debate as to whether statues erected to slave traders by our ancestors should be taken down. Those radical calls have in turn exposed a radical reaction that […]

Latest news: Dangerous Desmond & workers rights.

Anna Girolami

Dangerous Desmond Desmond Swayne, the MP for New Forest West and blackface enthusiast, is receiving a certain amount of opprobrium this morning. To put it another way, he’s getting a right pasting. An incendiary report from Sky News reveals that back in November, Sir Desmond told an anti-vaxxer group that Covid-19 figures about NHS capacity […]

Guerilla artivism: The world of @fokawolf

Jayson Winters

Art and activism combine in the work of the artist known online by the handle @fokawolf. Its unexpected appearance is part of its allure. In a post-truth world where it can be difficult to distinguish real from fake, even from the mouths of our leaders, there is nothing quite like stirring the pot a little.

Covid-19 and health inequalities in Leicestershire

Rosie Lindsay

‘We are in the same storm, but not the same boat.’ The pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated inequalities in health. People living in the most deprived areas of the UK are more than twice as likely to die from contracting Covid-19, than people living in the least deprived areas. However, what we see now with […]

Review: ‘At Home with 4 Indies’ Brian Bilston

Jayson Winters

Poetry was something I mainly read only at school. Of course there were examples of more accessible poetry from writers like Roger McGough, Pam Ayers and John Cooper Clarke, but their occasional appearances, often awkwardly slotted into a few minutes of TV time seem to have declined over the years. Recently I attended an online […]

Workers’ rights

Simon Ferrigno

In 1998 the European Union’s Working Time Directive (WTD) was brought into UK law. Among other things, the directive sets limits on maximum weekly working time, creates a right to paid annual leave and provides for daily and weekly rest breaks. Now that Brexit is ‘done’, the government can choose whether to retain the conditions […]

Post-Brexit trade: a barren soil for seeds

Simon Ferrigno

Seeds of Italy is the UK importer of seeds from Franchi, the oldest family-run seed company in the world. They preserve old varieties renowned for taste; the company also deals with fine Italian foods and cosmetics. As for many other companies, the end of the Brexit transition period is causing no end of problems and […]

An undiplomatic row

John Bland

The World Trade Organisation, The United Nations, The Holy See, Russia, China, Syria, Central African Republic, Timor-Leste. What do they have in common? They are just some of the 143 countries and multilateral organisations throughout the World that have granted EU ambassadors the same privileges and immunities equivalent to those of diplomatic missions under the […]