Mehdi Hasan
Mehdi Hasan is a presenter for Al Jazeera English. He was formerly the political director of the Huffington Post UK and is the co-author of ED: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader and author of The Debt Delusion. He presents Head to Head on Al Jazeera English.

Entries by Mehdi Hasan

Five Questions That Trouble Ed Miliband's Many Disillusioned Supporters

(33) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (11:51)

Forget the New Labour icons Tony Blair and Alan Milburn. Ignore the business bosses Stuart Rose and Stefano Pessina. If Ed Miliband isn't prime minister after the general election in May, he has only one person to blame: himself.

The Labour leader, contrary to the lazy conventional wisdom, has the...

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Harriet Harman Interview: 'Today's Unreasonable Demand Is Tomorrow's Conventional Wisdom'

(13) Comments | Posted 9 February 2015 | (09:42)

Back in 1993, the then shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Labour's Harriet Harman, hired a new 23-year-old researcher called Ed Miliband to work on her team. On the latter's very first week on the job, he was tasked...

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Don't Let the Ridiculous Smears Fool You: Syriza Is No Party of the Radical 'Far Left'

(34) Comments | Posted 29 January 2015 | (13:59)

Political language, as George Orwell observed in 1946, is "designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind". Seven decades later, consider the way in which mildly progressive political leaders are depicted by their right-wing critics. In the US, Barack...

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Alan Duncan Interview: David Cameron And The Tories Must Make Voters 'Tingle' To Win 2015 General Election

(13) Comments | Posted 29 January 2015 | (10:42)

Sir Alan Duncan isn't happy with the state of British politics - or the Conservative Party, for that matter.

"What disappoints me most is we seem less prepared to make a clear stand on something we believe in...

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As a Muslim, I'm Fed Up With the Hypocrisy of the Free Speech Fundamentalists

(4146) Comments | Posted 13 January 2015 | (23:00)

Dear liberal pundit,

You and I didn't like George W Bush. Remember his puerile declaration after 9/11 that "either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists"? Yet now, in the wake of another horrific terrorist attack, you appear to have updated Dubya's slogan: either you are with...

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Mehdi's Minute: The Best (Worst?) Bits of 2014

(5) Comments | Posted 30 December 2014 | (11:00)

Did you enjoy watching my alternative, semi-serious take on each week's big political stories across the course of 2014? Or maybe you hated it. Either way, you watched it, right? So we've pulled together the best (worst?) bits of me doing my round-ups - from me pretending to do keepy-uppys...

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If Mary and Joseph Tried to Reach Bethlehem Today, They Would Get Stuck at an Israeli Checkpoint

(288) Comments | Posted 22 December 2014 | (10:02)

'Tis the season of Nativity scenes. But here's a question to consider: would Joseph and Mary even have been able to reach Bethlehem if they were making that same journey today?
How would that carpenter and his pregnant wife have circumnavigated the Kafka­esque network of Israeli settlements, roadblocks and...

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Mehdi's Minute: On CIA Torture, Dick Cheney and the Ukip Sex Scandal

(12) Comments | Posted 11 December 2014 | (23:00)

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the US Senate's report on CIA torture, Dick Cheney's ludicrous response to it and, back home in the UK, Ukip's entry into the British political establishment?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

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Sorry, Myleene: Yes, You Can Point at Things and Tax Them - and That's What We Should Do to the City

(135) Comments | Posted 5 December 2014 | (09:25)

You can't just point at things and tax them," declaimed the former pop star Myleene Klass on 17 November, becoming overnight a perhaps unexpected pin-up for the right.

Klass made her comment on ITV's The Agenda as part of a longer rant aimed at her fellow panellist Ed Miliband, who...

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Mehdi's Minute: On Osborne's Numbers, Cameron's 'Masosadism' and Brown's Retirement

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2014 | (23:00)

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on George Osborne's Autumn Statement, David Cameron's PMQS gaffe and Gordon Brown's decision to stand down from parliament?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds...

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Do Voters Even Care About The Deficit? Here's The Graph You Need To See

(25) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (15:36)

Deficit, deficit, deficit.

The political and media elites are obsessed with the D-word. Obsessed, I tell you.

The chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne used the word 13 times in his 50-minute Autumn Statement in the Commons this afternoon. His Labour counterpart, shadow chancellor Ed Balls,...

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Stephen Kinnock Interview: 'I Always Felt I Had To Be Twice As Good As The Next Person'

(50) Comments | Posted 25 November 2014 | (15:50)

It might be an understatement to say that the Labour Party's parliamentary candidate for the safe seat of Aberavon, in south-east Wales, isn't your typical Labour candidate.

His father happens to be a former leader of the party; his wife...

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Hannah Weisfeld: 'Important For Non-Jews To Hear That Zionism Isn't Israeli Government Policy'

(27) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (09:43)

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on their faith to create a force for change.

beyond belief

It is difficult to...

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I Was a Teenage Europhile - But the EU's Sadistic Austerity and Lack of Democracy Have Changed My Mind

(33) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (23:00)

"Any chance of a retweet?" the Conservative MEP and ardent Eurosceptic Daniel Hannan asked me on Twitter a few days ago. He was highlighting a video that singles out British politicians and business leaders who called for the UK to join the euro back in the late 1990s. The video...

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Hiding Anti-Muslim Bigotry Behind 'Free Speech' Won't Work

(96) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (22:16)

Oh dear. What I am being accused of, and attacked for, now?

Apparently, I want to block all criticism of Islam or Muslims in the press and, effectively, ban free speech.

"A lie," as the old saying goes, "will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on."...

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Lisa Nandy Interview: 'Ed Miliband Is A Different Sort Of Politician'

(8) Comments | Posted 13 November 2014 | (15:28)

A couple of years ago, on a wet weekday night in Wigan, the local Labour MP Lisa Nandy was traipsing through the streets urging residents to sign her petition to 'save the NHS' from 'Tory privatisation'.

"It was pouring with...

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Five Questions for Anyone Who Says 'It's Not Racist to Talk About Immigration'

(481) Comments | Posted 10 November 2014 | (12:01)

Are you as fed up as I am with what passes for a "debate" over immigration in this country? With the utter falsehoods and lazy generalisations? With the fact-free premises and contorted conclusions?

There are two statements (assumptions?) in particular, repeated incessantly by people on the left and right alike,...

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David Lammy Interview: Labour Should Be A Pro-Immigration Party

(25) Comments | Posted 10 November 2014 | (11:16)

"I think that the next general election is going to be phenomenally close."

David Lammy is sitting in the corner of his parliamentary office on the ground floor of the Norman Shaw North building in Westminster. Dressed in a light...

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Mehdi's Minute: From Ed Miliband's Troubles to Not-So-Calamity Clegg to George 'Nick' Clooney

(5) Comments | Posted 7 November 2014 | (08:00)

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Ed Miliband's troubles, Nick Clegg's comeback and the George Clooney comparison?

Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

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Anas Sarwar, Sottish Labour Deputy Leader, Says Iraq War Boosted SNP

(41) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (10:53)

The Iraq war damaged the Labour Party in Scotland and boosted the anti-war SNP, according to the party's new interim leader.

Speaking to The Huffington Post UK, Labour's Anas Sarwar said: "In terms of a fundamental credibility gap, [it] was clearly around the war in Iraq.. When we...

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