Current Affairs

Arlene Foster’s resignation leaves DUP at a crossroads

The First Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster, has resigned as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. Her departure means a leadership election that could have significant implications for the future of Northern Ireland. Mrs Foster resigned this week after five years leading Northern Ireland’s largest Unionist party. Her position was said to have been Read More…

Current Affairs

Electoral Commission to investigate Boris Johnson flat renovations

The Electoral Commission has launched a formal investigation into the renovations made by Boris Johnson and Carrie Simmonds to their Number 11 Downing Street flat.  An assessment has been conducted on the information provided by the Conservative Party in the last month, leading to the Electoral Commission’s statement that there are “reasonable grounds to suspect” an offence has occurred. It added that “the investigation will determine whether any Read More…

Global Affairs

Candidates leave voters disillusioned in Peru elections

The first round of the Peruvian general elections was held on 11 April. The two winning candidates are Pedro Castillo of the left-wing Free Peru (Perú Libre) party and Keiko Fujimori of the right-wing Popular Force (Fuerza Popular). The radically different candidates could lead the country into opposite directions. “This is the vote of a Read More…

Global Affairs

Laïcité cannot justify French Islamophobia

France’s recent history has been rocky when it comes to religion. In 2004, President Jacques Chirac introduced a law forbidding the wearing of any ‘conspicuous’ symbols of religion in schools. This included the Jewish kippa and Muslim hijab, though the wearing of ‘discreet’ symbols, such as cross jewellery, was permitted. In 2007, this was extended Read More…

Columns Global Affairs

On the Other Hand: Autocratic anxieties and democratic backsliding in India

In his political column, On the Other Hand, Hayden Barnes examines Narendra Modi’s autocratic and Islamophobic tendencies and their impact on the world’s biggest democracy. Artwork by Rachel Macnaghten.

“The clearest illustration of Hindu nationalism and supremacist ambitions is the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). In short, this bill grants citizenship to those who failed to qualify for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) – everyone except Muslims. The pluralism, the secularism, the multiculturalism, the cosmopolitanism of Gandhi and Nehru is being treated like an offensive building: knock it down, Modi says, and build something new.”

Columns Lifestyle

On the Other Hand: The view from the fence

“Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Matt Hancock – these people must be opposed, Starmer must present a viable alternative. His Labour has to embrace its radical side, because the Conservatives have embraced theirs.”

In the first instalment of his political commentary column, On the Other Hand, Hayden Barnes examines Kier Starmer’s failure to provide any sort of opposition to the government. Illustration by Ipsita Sarkar.