Oldham’s Toxic Politics | Part 5 | Online hate begins

Two years have passed since the Department for Education released their report into allegations of corruption and fraud at the Collective Spirit Free School and Manchester Studio School. The highly critical report named Raja Miah together with long-time associate Mohib Uddin and another director. Around the time the report was released the online attack beganContinue reading “Oldham’s Toxic Politics | Part 5 | Online hate begins”

Oldham’s Toxic Politics | Part 4 | Follow the money

This is the fourth in a series of articles which tells my first-hand experience of the current toxic politics putting a dark cloud over Oldham. Previously I have touched on the abuse, harassment, and intimidation, fed by hatred and division in the town. As the articles set out the consequences of the campaign, it wasContinue reading “Oldham’s Toxic Politics | Part 4 | Follow the money”

Oldham’s Toxic Politics | Part 3 | Failing Free School

This is the third in a series of articles which tells my first-hand experience of the current toxic politics putting a dark cloud over Oldham. Previously I have touched on the abuse, harassment, and intimidation, fed by hatred and division in the town. As the articles set out the consequences of the campaign, it wasContinue reading “Oldham’s Toxic Politics | Part 3 | Failing Free School”

Oldham’s Toxic Politics | Part 2 | Educating Oldham

This is the second in a series of articles which tells my first-hand experience of the current toxic politics putting a dark cloud over Oldham. Before rushing into the online content which has dominated much of the focus, it is important to take a step back, and set out the catalyst which drove the campaign.Continue reading “Oldham’s Toxic Politics | Part 2 | Educating Oldham”

Oldham’s Toxic Politics | Part 1 | Introduction

THE CHANGING POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT Social media acts as more than a platform, it is an active facilitator of abuse, harassment, and radicalisation. The self-moderation afforded to Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube (though there are many others) is not something other parts of our media have the luxury of. Newspapers are covered by press regulation, and thoughContinue reading “Oldham’s Toxic Politics | Part 1 | Introduction”