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Banseka Kayembe

Law graduate and creator and editor of new political blog Naked Politics:

Hey there! I'm a recent law graduate, with an interest in political, social and economic issues and an embarrassing fondness for trashy reality TV shows. I think of myself as centre-left, but not ideological and always open to new ideas.

I have my own brand new blog, called Naked Politics, which is written by young people, for young people, to create articles to get us enthusiastic about politics again. We also have a Facebook Page and Instagram!

Three Reasons Young People Need To Vote

So there we have it, three reasons to have your say at the ballot box. The politicians generally don't care about us, and that shows through successive government policies. But it doesn't have to be that way. The future is ours. It's time we took ownership.
08/06/2017 12:29 BST

Diversity Is London's Greatest Strength, Not Its Weakness

The continual contribution and addition to London's culture, that living breathing creature that is constantly evolving, <em>makes us who we are</em>. The answer to the hatred and division we saw this week cannot possibly be more hate and division. Surely love and unity can be the only antidote. That, and a strong cup of tea.
24/03/2017 17:04 GMT

Four Myths Surrounding The High Court Judgement

"The judges were clearly politically motivated in the decision they came to and are trying to undermine our democracy". No. No, no, no, a million times no. The judgement was made on a point of pure UK constitutional law. Not their opinions.
07/11/2016 08:55 GMT

A Country Divided Cannot Stand

The political paradigm has now shifted irreversibly, and a new economic consensus is beckoning, one in favour of recognising the plight of the "have-nots" and that equality of opportunity is not a burden, but crucial for a successful economy and a harmonious society. And that can only be a good thing.
20/07/2016 11:41 BST

We Need a Reconciler, Not a Divider

If Labour play their cards right, they can create a hopeful, unifying campaign with policies that speak to a broad spectrum of the electorate at a time when the Conservatives appear to be regressing back into an even uglier form of right wing politics. But they cannot do this with Corbyn at the helm.
07/07/2016 16:54 BST

Four Things They Don't Tell You About The EU

The fact is the EU has done far more good than bad, and is a democracy. The future of democracy and our sovereignty is that it is shared and that we work together in this increasingly globalised world. Don't fall for the Brexit propaganda, in the long-term our future and success is in collaboration, not isolation.
09/06/2016 16:44 BST

Are We Really All In This Together?

We always knew that the super rich hide much of their money away, but that still does not detract from the horrifying revelations of this leak. I fear we live in a faux democracy; a society that has all the appearance of a nation that treats everyone the same, but under that veneer is an ideologically driven system, assembled to benefit those who already have it all. It remains to be seen what information will emerge if/when Cameron publishes his tax returns. But for the public, I suspect the damage is already done.
11/04/2016 15:43 BST

How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Kim Kardashian Paradox?

We need a society that can praise all these different women, with their many different ways of empowering themselves. Some may get naked to feel confident and empowered, but others may emphasise their career success, their financial gain or their academic achievements. Or they may do all of the above; after all, women are not one-dimensional beings, <em>just like men</em>.
10/03/2016 15:50 GMT

Beyonce Gets Political: Here's Why it Matters

Ordinarily, a new Beyoncé track is always an earth shattering, stop-whatever-you're-doing moment. The bass thumping song Formation gives us what we've long become accustomed to from her: brazen female strength, an unapologetic embrace of female sexuality, and an unashamed love for herself and her accomplishments. But Bey reaches new political heights in this song.
10/02/2016 15:04 GMT

Why Corbyn Is Right To Not Sing the National Anthem

Recently, Jeremy Corbyn's respectful silence during a service to mark the 75th anniversary of the battle of Britain, was met with widespread criticism. As though some how not respecting The Queen is a more offensive image to people, than the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing unimaginable terror and war...
17/09/2015 15:13 BST

An Open Letter to Young Corbyn Supporters

I don't want to see a re-hash of decrepit, old economic policies that do nothing to push us forward. Corbyn's policy of using quantitative easing to pay for infrastructure is a perfect example of this.
27/08/2015 16:51 BST