Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi's Minute: On Cameron's Reshuffle, Gove's Demotion and Juncker's High Five

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on David Cameron's reshuffle of 'pale, stale males'; the demotion of Michael Gove to chief whip; and the 'high five' between Cameron and his nemesis, Jean Claude Juncker? Here's the political week in 60 seconds - before we take our summer break.

Islamic State? Caliphate? Islamic Caliphate? Islamic Caliph-State? Is There A Difference?

Dilly Hussain | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

The idea of Muslims having one unifying leader is an established position in Islamic philosophy. The term for this leader is "Caliph" (successor). In his article, Mehdi Hasan makes a sweeping and quite preposterous rejection of an Islamic State having any "theological", "historical" or "empirical" evidence...

The Hand-Choppers of Isis Are Deluded: There Is Nothing Islamic About Their Caliphate

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Let me make a prediction. The so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria will be totalitarian, won't be Islamic and, in the words of the former US state department spokesman Philip Crowley, "has as much chance of survival as an ice cream cone in the desert". By declaring statehood, Isis may have sown the seeds of its own destruction.

Mehdi's Minute: Miliband Down, Paxman Out, Blair Back (VIDEO)

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the latest Ed Miliband leadership 'crisis', Jeremy Paxman's retirement, Boris Johnson's birthday and Tony Blair's bizarre intervention on Iraq? All while doing keepy-uppy in honour of our (awful) England team in Brazil? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Blair's Supporters Should Stage an Intervention - And Make Him Shut Up About Iraq

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

In an era of dreary politicians, the silver-tongued Blair continues to beguile us. He is the Cristiano Ronaldo of politics: slick, skilful, über-confident and astonishingly arrogant... Is he mad or bad? Deluded or dishonest? It no longer matters. Blair's reputation lies in tatters. More than half of Brits believe their former prime minister was wrong to invade Iraq; one in five tell YouGov they think he should be tried as a war criminal. Blair can try to pretend he lives a normal life but when he goes to a book signing, people pelt him with eggs

Mehdi's Minute: 'British Values' From Birmingham to Iraq to Brazil (VIDEO)

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the row over 'British values' and Birmingham schools, the great passport backlog, Iraq's civil war and England's World Cup chances? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Mehdi's Minute: On Coups Against Clegg, the Ukip 'Revolution' and Advice From Blair (VIDEO)

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Nick Clegg's week of coups and crises, Ukip's 'revolution' at the ballot box and Tony Blair's advice to Ed Miliband. (Hint: watch till the end for the special guest appearance! Here's the political week in 60 seconds...

How Do I Tell My Daughter That People Across Europe Fear Minorities Like Us?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Hundreds of column inches have been devoted to explaining how austerity economics, democratic deficits and mass immigration have helped bolster the continent's far-right fanatics and neo-Nazi nutters. Our politicians and pundits have been less keen, however, to discuss the Islam-sized elephant in the room...

Multicultural Britain 2.0 Is the Best Answer to Ukip: We Need to Learn How to Live at Ease With Our Diversity

Malory Nye | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Politics
Malory Nye

There have been many predictions that both the Conservatives and Labour will move to the right in the next year, out of fear of the impact of Ukip's anti-multiculturalism. I am not sure if this is the necessary and 'politically correct' route to ensure electoral success in 2015.

Does Ed Miliband Need A Makeover?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Politics

Is Ed Miliband a credible messenger going into the 2015 general election? On the day President Obama's former adviser David Axelrod starts with the pa...

Mehdi's Minute: On Labour's Awful Election Broadcast, Ukip's Eastern European Employees and Halal Hysteria

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Labour's cringeworthy party election broadcast video about Nick Clegg, as well as the ongoing accusations of racism and hypocrisy against the UK Independence Party?

The Great Ukip Racism Debate - Debunking the Six Main Myths

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Whether or not Ukip is a racist party per se is a distraction from much bigger and more important questions: why is it so attractive to 'loonies, fruitcakes and closet racists'? And how do its leaders get away with making racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic remarks?

We Must Not Turn a Blind Eye to the Election of Narendra Modi, India's Milosevic

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Will Foreign Secretary William Hague express "deep distaste" if, as the polls suggest, Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is declared prime minister of nuclear-armed India after 12 May? Will the EU have the guts to downgrade diplomatic ties with the world's biggest democracy?

Mehdi's Minute: On Non-Stick Nigel Farage, Ed 'Chavez' Miliband and Paxo's Departure

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the rise and rise of Ukip, Ed Miliband's 'Venezuelan' reforms of the rental market, Jeremy Paxman's decision to quit Newsnight and Cameron v Bercow at PMQs?

Mehdi's Minute: On Nigel Beating Up Nick, Punch and Judy at PMQs and Why Dave's Wild About Waitrose

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on round two of the Nick vs Nigel debate over Europe, Dave and Ed slagging each other off at PMQs and the prime minister's affection for Waitrose and Ocado? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

Why Does Nigel Farage Want Us to Follow the Lead of Countries That Are Smaller Than Bristol?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

"If it is good enough for Iceland to do it," Nigel Farage remarked in the first of his two televised debates with Nick Clegg, "I'm damned certain the British with 64million can do even better." The Ukip leader was referring to a free trade agreement that the Icelandic government signed with China in April 2013, despite the tiny Nordic country not being a member of the EU.

Mehdi's Minute: On Nick Vs Nigel, Putin's New Friend, 'Weird' Ed Miliband and Kermit the Frog

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the Nick vs Nigel clash over Europe, Ed Miliband's 'weirdness' and Kermit the Frog's opposition to Scottish independence? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

What I Might Have Said If I Had Been on Newsnight...

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

The Muslim community is far from perfect, but our misrepresentation as ‎squabbling men who need reforming through those who have themselves rejected the faith is ‎palpably absurd. Who speaks for Muslims? How about the myriad Muslims doing the hard graft on ‎the ground.‎

The Questions Clegg Should Not Ask Farage Tonight

Harry Cooper | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Harry Cooper

The best thing to come out of the debate tonight for Clegg would be to not sound like the wet fish he normally does. And if he asks the questions that Mehdi Hasan has suggested, he may as well just give up now.

19 Questions Nick Clegg Should Ask Nigel Farage in LBC's Europe Debate

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The deputy prime minister may be the underdog going into his live clash with the Ukip leader on the European Union, but he has proved himself handy at TV debates. Farage, on the other hand, claims not have prepared for these bouts - and is pretty poor when it comes to dealing with the detail.

Why Did Newsnight Drop Female Muslim From Panel Discussion On Islam?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK

Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz, who recently tweeted a cartoon of Jesus and the Prophet Mohammed, sparking a petition to hav...

For Our Most Powerful and Hypocritical Leaders, Crimes Are Those That Others Commit

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Is there a better case study in brazen hypocrisy than the ongoing crisis in Crimea? Not just on the part of the loathsome Vladimir Putin, who defends Syria's sovereignty while happily violating Ukraine's, but on the part of western governments, too.

Budget 2014: George Osborne's Chutzpah on Inequality

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The chancellor said income inequality is falling.. and, astonishingly, he's right. But he can't take credit for it - oh, and it's about to start rising again. So why did Ed Miliband let him get away with it?

Mehdi's Minute Budget Special: On Growth Figures, Flood Defences, Magna Carta and New Pound Coins (VIDEO)

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on Wednesday's Budget? My brief analysis of the growth figures and George Osborne's new pound coin? Here it is in 60 seconds.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: George's Big Budget Day

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 19 March 2014... 1) GEORGE'S BIG BUDGET DAY Today, at 12:30pm, the chancellor of the exch...