Articles by Grace Skelton
Grace Skelton is general secretary of Manchester University Students’ Union and Labour Students' National Policy Forum re. She tweets @GraceSkelton

The return of the ‘nasty party’

Grace Skelton  |  10 February 2017

In closing the scheme brought about by the Dubs amendment, Theresa May has confirmed that the ‘nasty party’ is well and truly back, argues Grace Skelton After her Lancaster House speech setting out the government’s aims for the Brexit negotiations, we expected that Theresa May was going to push for a hard Brexit and she …

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Grace Skelton  |  3 February 2017

It is anti-imperialism that drives Jeremy Corbyn and his hard-left cadre, argues Grace Skelton Speak to most Momentum activists and they will proudly tell you that for decades Jeremy Corbyn has stood shoulder to shoulder with those struggling against the establishment and has expressed solidarity with civil rights causes across the world. So why has …

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A moral duty to remember

Grace Skelton  |  27 January 2017

If ‘never again’ is to mean anything, we must help those subjected to genocide not only to survive, but to live again, writes Grace Skelton ‘For the survivor death is not the problem. Death was an everyday occurrence. We learned to live with Death. The problem is to adjust to life, to living. You must teach us …

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We must respect our judges

Grace Skelton  |  9 December 2016

‘Any society in which the safeguarding of rights is not assured and the separation of powers is not observed, has no constitution’, so said Montesquieu, the influential French political philosopher in The Spirit of the Laws 1748, whose theory of the separation of powers has been implemented in constitutions across the world. Fast forward to …

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A mess of their own making

Grace Skelton  |  24 November 2016

The figures in Philip Hammond’s first autumn statement yesterday confirmed that the dire economic outlook and the pinch most are feeling in the run up to Christmas is well and truly on the Conservatives. This economic mess is theirs and theirs alone. The figures from the Office of Budget Responsibility forecasts show that Britain is likely …

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The tragedy of Western isolationism

Grace Skelton  |  27 October 2016

The Labour party has always had a proud internationalist tradition. Yet in recent years we have allowed ourselves to be bullied into thinking that any attempt by the West to intervene in the affairs of another country, regardless of the reasons for intervention, is modern day colonialism. This thinking is not the preserve of the Labour …

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Solidarity … but with who?

Grace Skelton  |  14 October 2016

Last Saturday the leader of the Labour party spoke at a ‘Stand Up to Racism’ conference. Good, you might say. Racism is one of society’s great evils and it is brilliant that we have a leader who is vocal in his opposition to it. Unfortunately this particular organisation is not quite what it seems, which …

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Behind Closed Doors – a dose of reality for Labour

Grace Skelton  |  15 March 2016

Last night’s BBC One documentary about domestic violence cases, Behind Closed Doors, was a sharp reminder of the realities faced by too many women in Britain today. One in 12 women in Britain will be a victim of domestic abuse from a partner. Watching the opening scenes of the programme, I naively assumed that Sabrina’s …

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David Cameron’s problem with young people

Grace Skelton  |  13 January 2015

Last week we learned that not only is David Cameron refusing to take part in the televised leaders’ debates, but that he also declined Bite The Ballot’s #LeadersLive series as well. For those of you who do not know, Bite The Ballot has been running an online series aimed at the 16-24 age bracket. Each …

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Making campuses loan shark free

Grace Skelton  |  9 August 2013

It’s nearly three years since the huge student protests against the rise in tuition fees in England to £9,000 a year. From the outside looking in, it may look as though the student movement has calmed and is resigned to the idea of paying more than ever for the privilege of going to university. Nothing …

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