Last week, the “most Indian cabinet” in British history realised a long-standing dream of the Tory right: the introduction of a purposely cruel “points-based” immigration system. Finally, as many were quick to point out, we saw the limits of “representation politics” laid bare – the home secretary, Priti Patel, and the three other British Indians appointed to Johnson’s cabinet will only embolden Tory racism. But there is a more important story to tell here about how the modern Conservative party came to embrace British Indians – one that runs through Nairobi, Harrow East and occupied Kashmir. … [Read more...] about How did British Indians become so prominent in the Conservative party?
In postwar Helsinki, in conditions of the gravest illegality, Laaksonen produced thousands on thousands of homoerotic fetish illustrations, showing bulgingly endowed leather-clad guys having an unapologetic good time. Tom of Finland’s work reached the liberated US in the 1960s via mail order, and he became a counterculture hero of gay liberation, virtually inventing a whole language of hedonism that influenced Queen, the Village People and the club scene. … [Read more...] about Tom of Finland review – intriguing biopic of a gay liberation hero
Facebook: the Walmart of the internet? Hacking your way through a jungle of nonsense Drowned by banalities? The app era has its advantages Social media has given a platform to the voiceless It’s harder to get the crowd’s attention Topics Blogging … [Read more...] about Has social media ruined the web?
"It's so surreal saying this. Filming this video is scary, but it feels so liberating and freeing. I've been wanting to share this side of myself to all of you for so long but I could never figure out the timing." … [Read more...] about NikkieTutorials tells her YouTube fans she’s transgender after blackmail threats
Kaleidoscopic visuals are a given. Two drummers dressed in bright red with matching kits, playing in tight synchronisation, create their own trippy-hypnotic optic. Keyboardist Ambrose Kenny-Smith is liable to break out some exclamatory percussion at any moment, or, as he does on Altered Beast II, some bluesy distorted harmonica. … [Read more...] about King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard review – saving the world with psych-rock monsters