Tess Finch-Lees

Tess Finch-Lees is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in human rights.

Tess Finch-Lees is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in human rights.

Fascism Must Never Trump Democracy

Now is not the time to hide in a bunker. If something's worth fighting for, be it the NHS, libraries, equality, or multi-culturalism, get out and fight for it. It'll take more than armchair activism to salvage any hope from this wreckage.
23/11/2016 12:33 GMT

Corbyn NHS Message De-railed By Branson

Post Brexit, the integrity of journalism, as well as politics, is under scrutiny. Subverting or distorting Jeremy Corbyn's message on a subject so important to ordinary people as the NHS does little to regain public trust.
31/08/2016 11:15 BST

If Female Labour MPs Want to Tackle Misogyny They Should Denounce Austerity

Having opted out of social media because of death threats, I've encountered the dark misogyny that seeks to silence opinionated women. So I despaired when I saw this very real malaise being hijacked by prominent Labour MPs, including Heidi Alexander and Angela Eagle, to score points against a man they want to oust. Women in politics face many threats, Jeremy Corbyn isn't one of them.
27/07/2016 13:01 BST

Learnings From Chilcot and Brexit? 'Snakes in Suits' Are Destroying Our World

Still living with the devastating consequences of the doomed Iraq invasion, this country has been thrust into yet another cataclysmic, life altering upheaval. With the same hallmarks of group-think and remorseless psychopathy, I wonder how much more chaos and reckless abandon, this weary world can take.
18/07/2016 15:41 BST

Corbyn Coup Misjudges Public Mood

The Blairite coup against Jeremy Corbyn has sorely misjudged the public mood. The economy is in free fall and the rampant racism unleashed by the Leave campaign makes the "No blacks, dogs and Irish" signs of the 60's seem welcoming. Vigilante bigots now roam our streets attacking "foreigners", issuing unofficial deportation orders demanding, "We want our country back".
01/07/2016 12:19 BST

Piers Morgan and Naked Celebrity Selfies Are Boring But Not Innocuous

Morgan's personal attacks on women's appearance, using patronising, value laden adjectives like "tacky", "inappropriate", "grotesque", "embarrassing", pollute the social media landscape. There's no basis for his invective except his own disapproval, making his comments seem like old fashioned bullying.
10/03/2016 10:14 GMT

The NHS Conspiracy of Silence

If we accept the narrative that NHS cuts are necessary, it follows that we concede privatisation is inevitable. If we relinquish the principal of public health care for all, we're signing our NHS over to corporate providers. That, in the words of one of the doctors interviewed in the incisive film,"Sell-Off: The Abolition of the NHS, "is like putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank".
01/05/2015 10:38 BST


After half an hour waiting in my second cue of the day I was catatonic. The people behind were chatty at first but grew markedly frosty when little Sylvian exclaimed (finger pointing for dramatic effect) <em>she's the one that booed bankers in the Tata tent!</em>
29/05/2014 12:46 BST

Nelson Mandela's Death Leaves a Vacuum of Moral Leadership

Terrorists are filling a position made vacant in the minds of some of our most disaffected young men by a society that will bail out miscreants in suits but starve our youth of investment, care and any hope for the future. Nelson Mandela inherently knew what his contemporaries fail to grasp, if you have nothing, there's nothing left to lose.
17/12/2013 12:52 GMT

Britain Is Failing Victims of Female Genital Mutilation

A few weeks ago, Betty caused controversy by speaking out about the disturbing prevalence of FGM in the UK. She maintains that it's not uncommon for babies and young girls to be taken overseas to be "stitched up" or attend "cutting parties" in the UK, where group rates are offered to reduce costs.
09/10/2013 10:41 BST

50 Years Ago Martin Luther King Had A Dream

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's seminal "I have a dream" speech. However pertinent then, it is obsolete in today's post racialism Britain. His account of black people being shackled "by the chains of discrimination" is about as outdated as VHS. ..
28/08/2013 13:22 BST

Why Men Are Dying For Work

The death this week of city intern, Moritz Erhardt, was a tragic and pointless loss of a young man's life. More disturbing still is that his death (reportedly caused by a heart attack) is not an isolated incident. Within the last few years there have been five reported suicides at one city site alone. It's time we started joining up the dots.
27/08/2013 11:29 BST

Porn on the High Street? It's Only a Bit of Harmless Fun!

Hurrah for post feminism. For the uninitiated, this simply means that women now enjoy the luxury of choice. Whereas 1970's feminists fought for equality, over time women have come to accept this for the misguided, militant ideology that it is. Choice is where it's at.
11/07/2013 11:42 BST

Global Financial Crisis Caused by Greedy, Incompetent Men. Who Knew?

The Banking Commission also recognized that excluding women from positions of power is harmful to the economy. But this isn't breaking news. In the wake of Enron, The Higgs report found that the old boys club was detrimental to the health of UK plc. Had anyone listened to the warnings then, the global financial crisis could have been averted.
21/06/2013 11:36 BST