• Opinion, Politics

    Opinion: What do rainbow poppies represent?

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    By: Ben Thompson If you’ve walked around the streets of British towns and cities in recent weeks, you’ll have noticed an abundance of red poppies worn upon people’s coats and shirts. Turn on your television and you’ll see more of the same; every TV presenter will be wearing one, as will their guests. The red…

  • Culture, Manchester, News

    A Brief History of Black People In Britain

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    By Ben Thompson As Black History Month drew to a close, Manchester Metropolitan University hosted historian, genealogist and author Linford Sweeney, who gave a talk on the oft-forgotten history of many of Britain’s remarkable black citizens. He began the lecture by quizzing the audience on a few milestones in British black history, such as: “Who…

  • Manchester, Politics

    Black History Month: BlacKkKlansman screening sets stage for discussion on race in modern Britain

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    By Ben Thompson As part of Black History Month, a screening of American biographical comedy-drama BlacKkKlansman (2018) was held at Manchester Metropolitan University, followed by a group discussion. BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee, is based on the true story of an African-American cop who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Ron Stallworth, the…

  • Manchester, News, Politics

    An Overview of Policy Pledges from the Tory Party Conference

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    By Ben Thompson The Conservative Party Conference returned to Manchester once more, where it was met with protests from Thomas Cook staff, anti-austerity protesters and anti-Brexit demonstrators. This didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the Conservative Party, who have been promising massive overhauls in spending and legislation. Although critics say that many of their…

  • Manchester, News

    Manchester Met host networking event to connect BAME staff and students

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    By Pruthvi Khilosia and Ben Thompson  The Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic (BAME) student-staff networking event gathered people from all corners of Manchester Met. Over pizza and drinks, students and staff from the BAME community discovered each other’s cultural backgrounds and ways they can have their voices heard. Associate Lecturer in History Sami Pinarbasi, explained…

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