In Focus with Marcus Stead

Episode 1: Karen Harradine

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Karen Harradine

In the first of an occasional series of long-form interviews, Marcus Stead meets writer Karen Harradine, where they discuss the issues raised in this article she wrote for the Conservative Woman website.

Karen calls for the creation of a Christian equivalent of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, and explains that Christians are the most persecuted group in the world today, especially in the Middle East and parts of Africa.

A wide range of related subjects are debated during the hour-long interview, including the wilful decline of the United Kingdom’s Judaeo-Christian heritage, and the dangers of ‘identity politics’, narcissism, and fashionable virtue-signalling.

The discussion turns to the Orwellian control of language and how accusations of ‘hate speech’ are a serious threat to freedom of expression, and of how the brainwashing of innocent children on transgenderism is nothing more than child abuse which will have serious repercussions in years to come.

On Brexit, they discuss the difficulties Leave supporting students face on university campuses, and ask whether British universities are places for rigorous debate and an exchange of ideas, or whether they are indoctrinating young people.

In the latter part of the podcast, the discussion turns to the Israel, Palestine, antisemitism and whether Christian organisations are harming followers of their own faith by backing Palestinian militants and organisations with links to terror.

The discussion concludes with Karen’s thoughts on how to tackle Islamic extremism and the importance of creating a single, united British identity.

About Karen Harradine

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Karen Harradine

Karen was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up in a traditional Jewish home. Her parents placed great emphasis on education and her father passed on his fascination with politics to her.

She obtained an undergraduate degree in Journalism, Classical Civilisations and Anthropology and an honours degree in Anthropology (a separate degree in South Africa) at Rhodes University, and a Masters degree in the same subject from the University of the Witwatersrand (more commonly known as WITS University). In 1998 she emigrated to the UK.

As an immigrant living in London, Karen worked in whichever job she could find, ranging from secretarial work to private tutoring. She married in 2006 and moved to Ipswich, Suffolk. In 2010 she decided to study again, and the following year she completed a course through the Woolf Institute at Cambridge University called ‘Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges’.

Karen obtained a post-graduate diploma in Journalism from the University of Suffolk in 2015. Shortly afterwards, she and her husband moved to Singapore temporarily. Due to restrictions on my spousal visa she was not allowed to work. She had been following The Conservative Woman website for a number of years and so sent them an idea for a blog. The editors approved and she has been writing for them since March 2016.

Growing up under the apartheid regime has made Karen wary of big government, extremism of all forms and totalitarianism. She a life-long interest in politics, religion, spirituality antisemitism and Zionism.