A person who I have probably mentioned the most politically in the last couple of years is Priti Patel. Everything about her, (in terms of what society has taught us) is wrong. Being a strong Indian woman in itself draws criticism but even more so when you don’t prescribe to the notion of being on the left or at least in the centre as generally that’s what is expected from non-white people. I have often said that the concept that my skin colour or my surname means I should think or act a certain way is as racist as any…

The Modern Day Jerry Maguires of Our World: Show Me The Money!

A Guest Blog by Stuart Carroll
Stuart Carroll is a senior health economist and epidemiologist specialising in infectious diseases and vaccines as well as a local councillor. He is a footballing enthusiast and long suffering supporter of his hometown club Newcastle United.

A global pandemic. An economic crisis. A tragically high death toll and immeasurable suffering. Sequelae and consequences to this virus that we are still trying to understand. Unemployment, industries closing and people struggling. Lockdowns, restrictions and continued difficulties for us all. Cue the so-called Big Six…

“Hatred for Modi.” Leading Indian Columnist Anand Ranganathan answers a question on the background of the farming protests with simply three words before an engaging one hour discussion begins.

It was a fascinating experience for us both, we had many long private discussions on these farming reforms especially as the UK media decided to report more heavily on the protests. Despite the increased coverage of what was supposedly going on in India, the outrage that much of the media was reporting didn’t quite make sense to us especially as the movement grew on western social media.

So, when the opportunity…

There is no doubt that Covid-19 has had a substantial impact on us all. The pandemic has affected far more people than those who have contracted the virus, and it is clear that the social challenges and economic uncertainty will be with us for some time to come. This is also true of girls’ education as schools around the world closed. . However, research papers show that there are a number of other concerns that affect girls’ education and even more so, their overall wellbeing. …

We are seeing more children in school throughout the world but 262 million are not. 617 million which is more than half the school-age population worldwide, have not reached the minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics.

Many of our Commonwealth countries have made some steady progress towards gender improvements in education as we have seen girls out-perform boys in a number of countries. It is clear that there must be more opportunities in education for both girls and boys. …

By Stuart Carroll

It was Bob Dylan, with all his melody and jingly jangly brilliance, that pronounced to the world that “the times they are a-changin’”. How true and apt this artistic masterpiece is to the world today. The coronavirus crisis, with all its unprecedented ramifications, has delivered changing times with no immediate and clear endpoint. It has also placed the importance of global public health under the microscope and the relative effectiveness of the UK Government’s response. Once through this crisis, there will rightly be a full autopsy of decisions made and lessons learnt. In doing so, a light must also be…

Trump withdrew U.S. funding to the WHO as he labelled them “very China-centric” and since his attacks, opinions have been split as to who is to blame. Many have been unimpressed with the manner Trump’s administration has handled the virus. That said, you don’t have to agree with Trump to acknowledge some of the WHO’s clear failings. The world would only benefit from stronger performances from the world’s health body in place of accepting its failings.

ABC News

One of the seminal reasons for the WHO’s existence is to report early warnings on any new potential viruses. China has been a clear…

President Trump was quickly identified as a part of the problem when the coronavirus emerged from China and began spreading around the world into the United States. Trump campaigned largely on an “America first” foreign policy and has been often criticised for rejecting the role that the United States of America has played in the world. Now we are in a global pandemic and he is being accused of alienating key allies, refusing to corporate globally and fighting the coronavirus alone.

Time

Even though the current climate shows how he has been proved right in many ways regarding China and their…

There is no doubt that we are currently in an age of polarisation but it is still nowhere near the levels of polarisation seen in the American Civil War.

A country divided, with a man named Abraham Lincoln determined to reunite the country again. As a great leader, Lincoln is rightfully an inspirational figure but he surrounded himself with an extraordinary cabinet of men.

When Lincoln had come into power he had few friends in Washington and was largely unknown in comparison to his rivals for the Republican nomination. He made an incredible decision to include all three of his…

What would James Madison think of Democracy today?

It seems like his fears of impassioned civilians being drawn into mob leadership has come true. The system he had created to prevent this from happening has been destroyed.

America has not been this split arguably since the Civil War with political parties and leaders now embodying the views of their most extreme members. There has been an incredible shift which the Founders wanted to elude. Presidents and senior politicians are making appeals that are based on emotion as they attempt to please crowds. This has been substantially increased with social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook being able to…

Sunil Sharma

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