2016: A year of Black Lives Matter in Britain

By | January 2, 2017

When it comes to British politics, 2016 was – to put it mildly – a pretty big year. We’ve found ourselves with a new (female) Prime Minister, a (failed) Labour Party coup to attempt to oust Jeremy Corbyn from power, and the defection and subsequent reshuffling of most of the Shadow Cabinet. Zac Goldsmith lost the London Mayoral race and subsequently his own Richmond seat, and most horrifyingly of all, Jo Cox became the first Member of Parliament to be murdered in 25 years. Her killer? Thomas Mair, a man who later gave his name as ‘death to traitors, freedom for Britain’ in court.

Then there’s the big one, the ‘political earthquake’ (to quote ex-then current-then ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage) that completely shook up the political landscape in this country: Brexit. In the old days before the campaign began for the U.K to leave the European Union, people joked that the portmanteau for ‘British Exit’ sounded like a shit breakfast cereal. No-one is laughing now, are they? The drawn-out, aggressive and toxic campaign was filled with lowlights, from baseless statements about rerouting E.U. money to the NHS (£350 million that is yet to be seen), to people on the left offering bizarrely uncritical analysis of the EU in an attempt to convince their peers to vote Remain. We even had Bob Geldof and Nigel Farage yelling at one another with megaphones in the middle of the Thames, on their own mortifyingly embarrassing Leave and Remain boats. (The Debrief UK)

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