All In Britain Posts

May 17, 2019 / / Art

Martin Parr is a delightful photographer. His bright, sweet shop sense of colour oozes fun, humour, eccentricity and a sense of optimism in being Only Human, the name of this solo exhibition of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. The show is grouped into themes, from capturing members of hobby…

May 13, 2019 / / Ethnicity

Discrimination remains a hotly-debated issue in multi-ethnic, religiously diverse democracies such as the UK. The UK labour market continues to be marked by ethnic – and religious – penalties. This has been demonstrated by a wide array of CV field experiments, including the recent report by the Centre for Social…

April 26, 2019 / / Brexit

We have heard a great deal from politicians and pundits over the last three years about how Leavers are bigots and that the Brexit vote marked a step backwards in race relations in the UK. Remain activists have repeatedly taken to social media and the airwaves to explain that leaving the…

April 19, 2019 / / Politics

David Lammy used to be a politician who was worth listening to; an MP from a working class, African Caribbean background in inner city London, who was prepared to speak honestly about problems in his community. In his 2011 book, Out of the Ashes, Britain After the Riots, he drew on…

April 11, 2019 / / Culture

“Today the University of Bristol SPAIS held an event with Eric Kaufman (sic) who is an apologist for racism. And today we walked out of his event. Bristol uni is not the place or time to be having a discussion that harbours racist ideology.” So tweeted, Nasra Ayub, an undergraduate…

February 14, 2019 / / Education

A recent news item in The Times reported on the growing movement against studying ‘dead white men’ [DWM] and their contribution to knowledge and learning. The story was sparked by an independent report commissioned by Office for Students. Throughout the report there is frequent reference to the “lack of diversity…

February 11, 2019 / / Ethnicity

A recent front-page headline in The Guardian newspaper proclaimed that ‘Minorities in UK face ‘shocking’ jobs bias’. According to the report’s author Haroon Siddique, research had found that: “…applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds had to send 80% more applications to get a positive response from an employer than a white…

January 22, 2019 / / Ethnicity

The ethnicity pay gap was highlighted in a report published last year by the Resolution Foundation, authored by Kathleen Henehan and Helena Rose. It was found that even after accounting for individual characteristics and background factors, large gaps in hourly pay persist between ethnic minority people and the white British…

January 7, 2019 / / Art

Scattered rather than assembled, the photographs in Zarina Bhimji’s Lead White use the walls as a working surface for investigation. Seemingly hovering on the walls, viewers are tempted to step back and reorder the documents and artefacts that map a story woven across India, East Africa and Britain. A first glance…

December 31, 2018 / / Culture

Members of Britain’s Muslim population increasingly find themselves under the microscope. As well as 7/7, the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby, the Westminster truck attack and the Manchester Arena bombing, hundreds of British Muslims have recently joined militant transnational Salafist organisations such as Daesh. These events tell a story of…