Journalist, writer (India Dishonoured, lecturer @Kingstonjourno, activist, environmentalist, feminist. Mostly tweet on current affairs.

What Jihadi John and CAGE said yesterday about how people are ‘driven to terrorism’ — 5:37 pm - February 27th 2015 Imagine this scenario. A white atheist kills a Muslim couple in cold blood. The media speculates endlessly about the "factors" that drove him to kill them: apparently he had a parking dispute with them; they dressed and talked funny; he was lonely and maybe they did something to provoke him?

What yesterday’s nightmare says about voting Green at the election — Judge us on our policies - the Greens always say. So that's what we should do. When the Green party leader Natalie Bennett was asked yesterday how much they thought it would cost to build 500,000 houses, she didn't have an answer.

Tory MP says astrology will solve NHS crisis - and those who disagree are racist — A Conservative MP has bizarrely claimed that astrology will help to ease the crisis in NHS hospitals by taking "huge pressure off doctors". David Tredinnick, the MP for Bosworth, made the comments in an interview with the Astrological Journal, and branded those who disagree with him as "bullies"

Has Labour’s Bradford West candidate stepped down after just 72 hours? — Amina Ali was selected as Labour's candidate for Bradford West on Saturday - but sources within the local party have told us that Ali stepped down as the party's candidate for the Yorkshire seat last night, only three days after the selection. Rumours have begun circulating within the

Why MPs should vote against next week’s amendment on sex-selective abortion — Next week, MPs will have the chance to 'clarify' the law to definitively ban sex-selective abortions in the UK. I'm glad they are, you may think. But you would be wrong.

Three months before an election, do we know what Miliband stands for? — If there was a phrase to describe Ed Miliband's years as leader so far it would be: unity over clarity. To many outsiders, the Labour leader should have been miles ahead of Cameron in the polls by now, slamming him every day on austerity, food banks, the cuts and the NHS.

What if the Paris attacks weren’t just about free speech? — Just a week after the horrific attacks in Paris, we have already started engaging in a dialogue of the deaf. It was an attack on free speech and the right to offend, say most people across the western world.

Why do liberals find it so hard to persuade Muslims about free speech? — 9:55 am - January 9th 2015 Yesterday evening I was invited by the Guardian to debate the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and where we go from here. I wanted to make a series of coherent points in a mini-speech but it never happened, so I'm writing them out here...

Why Muslims should embrace free speech, even if it includes insults to their Prophet — 3:24 pm - January 7th 2015 Late last year I was invited to speak at the LSE Islamic Society on Islamophobia and the media. Rather than preach to the converted, I decide to challenge my audience by making the case for more free speech, even if included insults to their Prophet.

Ed Miliband is losing his base - does he know how to get it back? — Just a few years ago, when Labour's was at peak popularity in the polls and a confident Ed Miliband was praising the Occupy movement or addressing the Durham Miners' Gala, serious press commentators offered a stark warning - Labour must be the party of government not the party of protest.
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