On this day in 2005, police shot and killed Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell station – their attempt at a cover-up revealed the rot at the heart of Britain’s security establishment.
Ending the Universal Credit uplift could force up to 1.2 million people into poverty and increase foodbank usage by 20% – but the Tories are pushing ahead because deprivation sustains Britain’s low-pay economy.
This week we discovered that the Treasury suppressed information about access to sick pay – just the latest scandal from a government which has refused to make liveable sick pay available throughout Covid-19.
On this day in 2016, a Labour MP was murdered in a politically-motivated terror attack. Five years later, the threat of far-right violence is only increasing – aided by a mainstream that echoes their arguments.
Outsourced cleaners and porters kept our hospitals safe during the pandemic, but now the private companies that employ them are ripping them off – with many reporting being systematically underpaid.
From the 1970s to the 2000s, Britain’s undercover police surveilled at least 20 families seeking justice for lost loved ones – including those who died at the hands of the police themselves.
Portugal decriminalised drug possession for personal use 20 years ago – and as more countries swap a criminal approach for a public health one, Britain’s failure to adapt looks increasingly outdated.
During the 1950s, Britain’s brutal suppression of the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya led to thousands of deaths – but Barbara Castle’s campaign to expose its crimes showed that the Empire’s violence did not have to go unchallenged.
Private renting and precarious employment have left under-35s facing the worst of the economic fallout from Covid-19 – and the result is likely to be an even deeper generational divide.
Joe Sacco’s iconic graphic novel ‘Palestine’ turns 25 this year. Its depiction of life under occupation is in keeping with his life’s work – telling the stories of oppressed peoples that the powerful would prefer to forget.
Along with healthcare staff, workers in industries like retail and delivery have been facing huge pressures and dangerous conditions for almost a year. Their contributions deserve wider recognition.
Ten million adults and four million children live in poverty in Britain, one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Right-wingers argue that we can’t afford to tackle this scandal – but the truth is, we can’t afford not to.
The suffering caused by Margaret Thatcher’s policies is often justified with the argument that they saved Britain from ruin – but 30 years after she left office, it’s clear that she left the economy weaker and more unequal.