Could Rishi Sunak’s ‘retraining’ advice cause more harm for the arts and performance industry?

On Monday this week, “crass” Cyber First adverts surfaced on Twitter, sparking outrage in the creative industries. It followed the initial outcry from those working in the arts, after Chancellor Rishi Sunak apparently stated that they should retrain given the current economic climate. Georgia More reports. On Tuesday 8th October, ITV released a quote from Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Twitter…

Hands off my NHS: Who is Dido Harding and what is 1828?

Last week, Matt Hancock announced that Public Health England would be abolished, citing its failure to handle the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for its replacement. In its place, the new National Institute for Health Protection will take over the work that has already been set motion to tackle COVID-19. Set to be modelled on…

Privileged, fatphobic and blame-shifting: Boris Johnson’s obesity plan

By Rachael Shabetai Obesity has hit the headlines recently, with the government announcing its plans to tackle the so-called ‘obesity crisis’. Johnson has said these plans have been designed to protect ourselves against COVID-19. Disappointingly, this conversation has been about personal, not state, responsibility, littered with classic and inaccurate clichés about obesity and its impact…

Windrush Generation: What has happened since the 2018 scandal?

By Giorgia Vittorino It has been two years since the Windrush scandal came to public attention in 2018. The scandal, which surfaced during Theresa May’s administration, resulted in hundreds of Caribbean immigrants falling victim to unjust immigration enforcement, with many being detained and deported. Those who had arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1973,…

The latest on Pornhub’s sex trafficking allegations

Everybody’s favourite porn site? Or is the friendliness just a veneer? Pornhub was created in 2007 and has supposedly allowed illegal and exploitative content to exist on the site ever since. Christian anti-sex trafficking organisation Exodus Cry has created a mass campaign to bring this issue to light. *trigger warning for mentions of rape, sexual…

Glasgow stabbings reveal how the UK fails asylum seekers

By Iona Holmes Just a few weeks ago, reports concerning the appalling conditions that asylum seekers were being subjected to in Glasgow hotels started to trickle through media outlets. When a stabbing occurred at the city’s Park Inn Hotel on the 26th June, the news instantly hit the headlines. Following some initial misreporting, the facts…