Episode 78: England, Englishness and anti-racism after the Euros

with Shaista Aziz and John Denham

6th August 2021

Can Englishness be anti-racist? After a remarkable football tournament, where the England football players made such a strong anti-racist statement we draw out some of the political implications for anti-racism and the constitutional future of the United Kingdom after Brexit. To get a handle on these issues Luke Cooper talks to two impeccably qualified guests. Shaista Aziz is an avid and lifelong England fan, anti-racist activist, and member of the FA’s Asylum Seeker and Refugees Network, and John Denham, the former Labour MP who is now a professor at Southampton University and Director of the Centre for English Identity and Politics.

For more on the ideas discussed in today’s podcasts, see:

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/posts/dear-england-gareth-southgate-euros-soccer

https://labourlist.org/2021/07/when-uk-labour-talks-only-of-britain-we-cannot-speak-for-england/

And Shaista’s 1m strong petition:
https://www.change.org/p/football-association-and-oliver-dowden-sec-of-state-dcms-pm-boris-johnson-ban-racists-for-life-from-all-football-matches-in-england

Editor: Camilo Tirado
Producer: Luke Cooper


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