Laurie Penny is a contributing editor to the New Statesman. She is the author of five books, most recently Unspeakable Things.
I was preparing myself to vote Labour with gritted teeth if there were no good Green candidates in my area but I’d feel far less dirty about the whole thing if I knew I was getting my own owl.
Rough sleeping has almost doubled in London in the past few years and private businesses are making it tough for the new homeless to put down their blankets.
What does a rich, privileged young man have to do to get labelled a terrorist?
For some time now, misogynist extremism has been excused, as all acts of terrorism committed by white men are excused, as an aberration, as the work of random loons, not real men at all. Why are we denying the existence of a pattern?
The British royal family is already the longest-running and most successful reality television series on the planet.
In the mainstream press, it is common for newscasters to warn viewers if they are about to see "potentially distressing" content. So why is there such resistance to trigger warnings - which encourage openness and honesty, rather than shutting down debate?
Nobody should have to play the frightened victim to make basic choices about her future.
The mayor of London is not the first to throw a tantrum over ‘call-out culture’ in a growing backlash against online communities condemning racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic behaviour.
You know, and I know, that exams are an awful hazing ritual, but to beat the system you must first learn how to play it.
Orwell was wrong, the English will accept a far-right government, so long as it’s dressed up in silliness and accompanied by a farting trombone.
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