Note: This piece contains sensitive content about mental health. Originally published on 18 May 2021.

It was ten years ago today that my friend Sofia took her own life. Ten years is a long time, and at the time when it happened I hadn’t even turned 21 yet. I would…

Jeremy Corbyn and his wife Laura Alvarez on the night of the 2019 general election (Image: Getty)

This is still not a story about Labour and antisemitism

In the 13 long months since the 2019 General Election, it would be an understatement to say that the topic of racism, and in particular antisemitism, has been a hugely polemicised issue. I wrote an article in the summer of…

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Preparing for Lockdown

Almost exactly one year ago, I entered the worst depressive episode of my life. I was three and a half years into being stuck working at a call centre doing charity fundraising, having seen my morale, self-esteem and motivation beaten down into a pulp through the daily tedium of a…

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How Jeremy Corbyn has played a blinder on Brexit

There is little doubt that the following two months are set to be the most defining period in British politics for many generations. Captain Boris and his band of merry marauders are steering HMS Britannia with delighted glee headfirst into a catastrophic collision with the iceberg of No Deal Brexit…

Reflections on the politics of memory and history

I’ve been thinking a lot about nostalgia lately. The very first piece I uploaded when I was getting back into writing was about what can be loosely referred to as the “nostalgia industry”. In it, I discussed the way in which the…

The first day at the Stansted 15 anti-deportation activists’ trial

I’ve never really been much of a morning person. Like many others I presume, when I go to sleep needing to be up early I always have an irrational fear that I’ll oversleep the alarm, even though I end up…

Jeremy Corbyn after winning the Labour leadership election, 2015 [Getty Images]

This is not a story about Labour and antisemitism

The entire discussion surrounding antisemitism and the Labour Party has been in equal parts both frustrating and exhausting. Frustrating because anyone who is a leftist, who is committed to the values of equality, justice and peace, who abhors any form of…

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On football and nation in the 21st century

So you may have heard, there’s a World Cup of football going on. At least until Sunday. There is a particularly odd feeling on the streets of London, as through what has surely been the easiest route to Moscow since the Wehrmacht…

Aranyo Aarjan

North London Bengali, writing about politics, culture, football and climate

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