Turning the Golden Globes Back to Black

The recent upsurge of political and fashionable protest dressing, which spanned from the Pussyhats at the Women’s marches to the unforgettable crimson ‘Make America Great Again’ caps in 2017, was always going to filter its way into Hollywood, it was simply a question of when. Fast-forward to the Golden Globes on the 7th of January […]

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Ken Loach: a lifetime in film and politics

“Films can do anything: from the broadest comedy, to the darkest tragedy, to documenting what’s happening in a very direct way.” When asked the question “Are films the best way to put forward a political agenda?” this was how Ken Loach responded. A director whose entire career has been spent highlighting social problems and individual […]

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First Putin, now Xi Jinping: how unlimited power became the ‘in’ thing

If you were to cast your mind back to the finest music of 2002, it’s unlikely that the first thing to come to mind would be a Russian chart topper. That year, a song titled ‘A Man Like Putin”, in which a Russian girl-band sang about how they wanted a man like Vladimir Putin, dominated the Russian charts. Unsurprisingly, it propelled the band to worldwide […]

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Layla Moran: “Fighting social inequality is my fire that helps me get up every day. It’s what I’m passionate about.”

The last time we spoke to Layla Moran, she was a parliamentary candidate, busily fighting for a marginal seat in the 2015 general election. Despite an inspiring campaign backed by strong community support, it is fair to say that the legacy of the coalition government proved to be an obstacle in her path to representing […]

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20 years of devolution: has it been a success?

This year marks two decades since the people of both Scotland and Wales voted ‘yes’ to devolution in referendums promised by Labour’s victorious 1997 manifesto. Blair was confident that devolved governments in Scotland and Wales would mean “the Union will be strengthened and the threat of separatism removed”. Since then, major policy areas such as education, health and housing have been dictated in […]

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