Munira Mirza is interested in data and evidence. That is why critical race theorists are hostile -- they are being asked to provide evidence for their ideological claims.
In UK the relationship between race & disadvantage is FAR more complex than some suggest. For e.g., minorities shd not be treated as uniform group, lots of positive trends at work, disadvantage in diff spheres cuts across diff groups in diff ways, need nuance & data-led policy
My view is that if there is to be a new commission or study of racial inequality in UK then it shd include ppl who prioritise evidence. There is a middle way through but trying to shout down somebody simply because they question existing narratives is not the way forward imo.
How Britain's "Statue Wars" became a proxy for our deeper values divide - a short thread
As much work has now shown, Britain's 2016 vote for Brexit was only one symptom of a much deeper values divide that has been rumbling through Britain (and other democracies) for a few decades
In very broad terms, the divide is between "liberals" and "social conservatives"
One question that is now hanging over British politics is whether Brexit and its final resolution would bring that divide to a close or instead cement it while an array of other issues -immigration, gender, diversity agenda, etc.- would breathe new life into it
Yes let's go after the guy who presided over universal schooling, secret ballot, weakened aristocracy, ended landlord oppression, made unions legal, home rule .. As a historian noted, for every 1 picture in a working-class house there'd be 10 of Gladstone
New. Clear majority of British voters (56%) think we should allow Hong Kong holders of British passports to live and work in the UK with a pathway to citizenship. Conservatives (57%) Labour (57%) Lib Dem (65%) Brexit Party (52%), old (59%) & young (52%)
Redfield & Wilton June 3
As some are pointing out the age splits here are interesting and suspect some generational effects at work. Today's 70 year old born 1950 and would have seen Hong Kong as part of Britain until the handover in 1997
What is most significant on days like today is not the mob running amok but the deafening silence of the otherwise reasonable 'soft left' which either agrees, feels intimidated or thinks, mistakenly, this helps their cause. It doesn't. This only breeds polarisation.
What I would personally like to see from leaders & opinion formers is outlining way forward that curbs polarisation. It is possible to say "this grievance is legitimate but those actions are wrong". I see lots of former but much less of the latter.
Ever since the vote for Brexit we've been told that "Little England" is turning in on itself & away from the world. Today, Britain states its willingness to enact one of the biggest changes to its visa system in history to help the persecuted people of Hong Kong
A remarkable shift in British public attitudes in just four years. Goes to show how giving people a sense of control and influence over issues can lead to positive social change
Sorry I should have said I picked that up from @b_judah
Several factors likely going on here: Remain voters becoming a little more pro-immigration post-Brexit, like Democrats post-Trump, a general drift in attitudes, salience falling and Leavers having sense of control, "pressure valve" provided by referendum & subsequent results
*whispers* on Twitter that yes gvt is struggling but do try & keep perspective. 51% approve of how Johnson doing his job incl. 67% of pensioners. His party averages 20 pt lead over Labour since Starmer took over incl. 24-pt lead among workers. On "best PM?" Johnson leads by 17pts
A lot of projection is going on. Basic view in latest polls appears to be: "yes government could have prepared better for this crisis but we are generally willing to give them the benefit of the doubt". Twitter not so much. Brexit fault lines also visible in much of the response.
To be fair, many of these problems, like Labour's weakness in England and gradual loss of support in blue-collar areas, can be traced back much further than Corbyn. But they've become far more entrenched since 2016
@Keir_Starmer and team would do well to reflect critically on what has gone wrong and -crucially- not just listen to same old voices who will tell Labour what they want to hear.
If I liked the Sopranos, loved Breaking Bad and worshipped Mad Men, but didn't dig the magic and dragons nonsense of Game of Thrones and think Ozark is a bit blah then what show should I watch next?
Some of the replies are taking me back. Season 1 of Gomorrah and Season 2 of Succession might be some of the finest television ever made. Except Seasons 2 and 3 of Mad Men. And maybe the final season of Sopranos.
If you share my tastes then the consensus seems to be: revisit The Wire immediately, detour into Peaky Blinders, then The Americans & then slide into Better Call Saul followed by Babylon Berlin and then possibly Giri Haji. And then maybe watch succession all over again
How will #coronavirus impact on politics? The short answer -the honest answer- is that we do not know. But we can still ask some questions that will help to organise our thinking. Here are a few for starters ...
Will the combined political, economic and health crises deliver another body blow -and perhaps a fatal one- to globalisation and the liberal world order, which has already been in retreat for much of the past decade?
Or will it provide a new raison d'être for liberalism, reviving public support for individual freedom and the argument that amid large-scale global challenges like pandemics and climate change the only possible future is a multilateral one?
New advice from UK government: "we are approaching the fast growth part of upward curve. Cases could double every 5-6 days". If you have symptoms stay at home for 14 days. Do not go out. Ideally ask others for help #coronavirus
Boris Johnson: "Everyone now must stop all non-essential contact. Everyone must now work at home if they can. Especially over-70s, pregnant women and those with underlying conditions"
"In a few days we will go further. The vulnerable will be shielded from others for 12 weeks".
Further to my earlier tweet on the good news that so many EU nationals are (a) applying to remain in UK and that (b) vast majority are doing so here is the official government release (bit.ly/39g2OkH) and here is the link to the official data (bit.ly/2Ssqn2V)
What I'm (clearly) increasingly struggling with on Twitter is a specific strand of thought, often found on the left, that ignores anything positive in favour of catastrophising
For 4 years we've been told the UK is racist & can't wait to kick everybody out. Just. Not. True.
In any society there will be administrative blunders & ugly extremism. But I've been struck by total refusal of many to highlight positive shifts
Immigration concern? Down
Attitudes? More positive
& given scale of task gvt doing ok job processing apps to remain