UK celebrities criticize British government’s refugee stance

The British actress Samantha Morton has spoken out in support of action taken by her colleague, Benedict Cumberbatch, to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and the lack of appropriate response on the part of the UK government. After the curtain call following each performance of Hamlet  at the Barbican in London, Cumberbatch has… Continue reading

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UK Media Bias

  Responses this week to publication of the recently re-elected British government’s budget resonate with the longstanding claim that the Conservatives and substantial parts of the British press enjoy a warm relationship. The rightwing Daily Mail depicted the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, as ‘fearless George’ slaying the dragons of the lazy and the… Continue reading

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The Wrong Narrative

The outcome of the general election in Britain was a surprise to many. In a blog in The Conversation today, Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, of the School of Journalism at Cardiff University, reflects on what happened. The dominant narrative of the campaign, as she and many others see it, was that the election would result in… Continue reading

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Celebrity Politics and Nuclear Weapons

This week brings another example of prominent figures from the world of entertainment using their power of visibility to influence political outcomes. In an open letter published in the UK’s Observer newspaper, Mercury prizewinning band Young Fathers, Massive Attack and comedian Frankie Boyle are among those who have expressed concern that both main parties have… Continue reading

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