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Reclaiming the flag: English Nationalism in the Age of Brexit

“I’m going on a march”, said an English Defence League supporter in 2011, “because I want Britain to be back British”.   In a YouTube clip of this moment, the flag of St George waves in the background. For years now, England’s banner has been associated with the far-right and football hooligans, but there are questions to be asked over whether that...

Published on 14 Dec 2018

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Renew’s Long Read: Why Theresa May Must Go

The PM should resign. Windrush, Grenfell, and Brexit are indicative of an old style of politics and arrogance that must end, says John Nucciarone   Democracy and “will of the people” is not only about and expressed through the act of placing a mark on the ballot. It is about information the electorate has access to and how a government...

Published on 12 Dec 2018

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Brexit is Turning UK Politics into a Farce. Seriously.

Renew Deputy Leader James Clarke gives the lowdown from a bizarre day of protest outside parliament. Today in Parliament Square and College Green, a 'Vote Down the Deal' rally and a 'Brexit Betrayal' counter-protest went ahead in spite of the government's shabby decision to delay the meaningful vote for another day.On a bright and sunny December morning, the proceedings began...

Published on 12 Dec 2018

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Boris Bikes for a Greener World

Renew candidate and Cambridge resident Boris Boyadzhiev comments on the need to protect the natural world, both in the way we move around and how we relate to othersBeing a keen cyclist and part of the thriving Cambridge community is something I am proud of. My city has been crowned ‘the cycling capital of UK’ for a reason. There is...

Published on 10 Dec 2018

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Every breath you take

As someone who has lived in London for most of my adult life and an avid cyclist, I am concerned about pollution. With three small children who I cart around in a cargo bike, I worry a lot about its impact on their lungs and mine. We breathe it and we feel the dirt.   9600 early deaths a year...

Published on 10 Dec 2018

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Lessons from Les Gilets Jaunes: not the British Way

Last weekend I travelled to France, visiting Paris and Marseille. Having lived and worked in France, I have a close affinity to the French people and their firm belief in ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’. Even arriving at the Gare de Marseille Saint Charles, there is a large sign depicting the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.   Having followed...

Published on 06 Dec 2018

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