Author: Munira Mirza

May 12, 2018 / / Immigration

Trevor Phillips once said to me – only half joking – that newspapers should have identity correspondents, just as they have economics or environment correspondents. Certainly there appears to be an inexhaustible appetite on the part of media outlets for stories that focus on social divisions, real or imagined. Usually these are framed as moral parables featuring virtuous victims, usually female, ethnic minority or gay, and contemptible wrong-doers who are male, white or straight. Sometimes the perpetrator is institutional – often, as with the Windrush generation controversy, the British state itself.

May 12, 2018 / / Culture

Over a number of years, the artist, Franklyn Rodgers, photographed his mother Loretta and her close circle of friends, building up an extraordinary series of large-scale portraits. The size and grandiosity of the works combine with a remarkable intimacy, achieved by the artist’s close relationships with these women.

February 10, 2018 / / Censorship

Good news: Kings College London Student Union passed a motion at their AGM to send to the NUS Conference calling upon student unions to end safe space and no-platform policies at universities. The proposal won by a landslide.

February 1, 2018 / / Culture

David Goodhart’s report for Policy Exchange on the ending of free movement has provoked a predictably hysterical reaction from those who seem unable to deal with any discussion of immigration in a fair and rational way.

January 26, 2018 / / Ethnicity

The announcement yesterday that the government has chosen Sara Khan as the Lead Commissioner for its new Counter-Extremism agency has provoked predictable condemnation from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and one of its most high profile allies, Conservative peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi.

January 14, 2018 / / Identity

I read a tweet the other day from Andrew Neil which saddened me. It said “Mr Sowell was a great man. His death a great loss”.

Thankfully, after a quick check, I established that reports of Thomas Sowell’s death have been greatly exaggerated.  Aged 87, he has merely retired from writing to focus on his hobby of photography.

December 5, 2017 / / Ethnicity