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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 […]

Mr Drake goes to Siberia

Carolyn Thornborow, with additional research by Phillip Thornborow

I inherited some old photograph albums from my late godmother.  One of the albums was put together by her father (Mr Drake) and records his army service with the 1/9th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment, which included time in Russia (1918-1919). The 1/9th Hampshires were originally a Cyclists Battalion of the Territorial Army. However soon […]

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 […]

Robert Largan MP’s voting record: the whole truth

EM Bylines Team

Robert Largan, MP for High Peak, has one of the thinnest majorities in the House of Commons. According to the Sunday Times, it seems he also has one of the thinnest of skins. On the 10th January, they revealed that he has written a letter to the owner of the well-known website They Work For You, […]

Covid-19: the long road to an arts recovery

Simon Ferrigno

“our website is filling up with digital and online activities”. Some of this is work designed to be digital and interactive, and some might be made for Zoom. There is experimentation and some work that is more traditional, audio only work and also film.

I will not hesitate

Shirley Martin

I will not hesitate to hesitate
I will roll-out our roll-down
I will blather on incessantly
absolutely go to town

Rishi Sunak cancels support for the East Midlands

Anna Girolami

Today, there will be an opposition day debate on this issue in the House of Commons, followed by a vote. Perhaps mindful of the damaging and on-going fallout when most Tory MPs voted against the motion on free school meals, the government is urging them to abstain today.

The need for action is now

MJ Kellman

They used to say where there’s muck there’s money and it seems this is becoming increasingly more relevant to the plastic we throw away as rubbish each year.  Of 13 billion plastic bottles used every year in the UK, only 7.7 billion (59 percent) are collected for recycling And yet empty plastic bottles can be […]

Whose Ill-Gotten Gains?

Stephen Wilmot

Anyone who has benefited from living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, has benefited from the proceeds of slavery. The effect of slavery on the people of Africa and the West Indies (poverty, instability and dislocation) is the shadow side of the prosperity, stability and security that many British people have enjoyed, with occasional interruptions, since the 19th century.

Free school meals

Anna Girolami

The free school meals saga chunters unedifyingly on. Yesterday, social media was full of debate about what exactly was being provided in the £30 food parcels that an eligible child receives once every two weeks. High profile celebrity activists such as Marcus Rashford and Jack Monroe have yet again been asking the awkward questions that never seem to occur to th

Yesterday in America

Anna Girolami

Yesterday saw one of the worst breaches of security in the history of the United States of America (US). A mob of supporters of the out-going US president, Donald Trump, stormed Capitol Hill. Within the US parliament building itself, the results of last November’s election were being certified.