Why the Lib Dems need a race equality policy group

Posted on February 23, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have announced a set of policy working groups to develop ideas that might become party policy or even make it into the 2020 manifesto. Race equality was missing. This runs the risk of Tim Farron's party heading into the next election without a coherent set of liberal ideas for tackling racial inequality. And this, in turn, acts as a wind drag on the Lib Dems' appeal to Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in an ...

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Hellfire and hatred in the potteries

Posted on February 16, 2017

  The Sun newspaper today accuses Labour of "stoking hatred" by sending texts and WhatsApp messages to Muslims in a byelection ending next week. "Stoke Central’s Muslim voters warned they will go to hell if they do not vote Labour in anti-Ukip text" thundered the paper. Trouble is, if you look at the actual messages they don't mention hell at all. They are from a Muslim Labour activist who is saying that Allah will judge them if they ...

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Only Affirmative Action can tackle scandal of disproportionate Black unemployment

Posted on March 30, 2015

Black Britain has always been in recession ever since the 1970s. Even in the boom years of the mid-2000's African and Caribbean unemployment was higher than White unemployment is now. The difference is that while White people are mired in an economic slump, the working age Black population are stuck in a Great Depression. (more…)

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Guardian cover new OBV study on the power of the black vote

Posted on March 30, 2015

After two months of hard-slog I'm delighted to see a study I wrote for Operation Black Vote on the power of the black vote has been published in The Guardian. See article here.

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Colour me black

Posted on February 5, 2015

This article was first published on Voice4Change England (3rd February 2015) Coloured, half-caste, half-breed, mulatto and mongrel. These and many other insulting labels have been stapled to people like me, a black man of mixed African and English heritage. “Does it matter if [the actor Benedict] Cumberbatch used the wrong word?” asked Ben Andrew in an article on this site. Well, it does if you have been on the receiving end. ...

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Humanity has failed over Boko Haram’s slaughter of 2,000 civilians #blacklivesmatter

Posted on January 12, 2015

Almost a week on and *still* hardly any UK, or indeed Western, media are seriously covering the unbelievable massacre in Baga, northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram are said to have slaughtered up to 2,000 innocent civilians.  Despite the absence of journalists, photos far more graphic than the one republished here, are slowly making their way out. They are truly horrific and stomach-turning. No one with an ounce of humanity can fail to be moved, ...

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Heartless benefit cuts driven by the media

Posted on August 18, 2014

The Independent has published "the 11 most senseless benefit sanction decisions known to man" and the list of heartless decisions to axe claimants' benefits is truly shocking. From a man who was deemed to have failed to complete an Employment and Support Allowance assessment due to suffering a heart attack during at the job centre, to someone who had his benefits stopped for selling poppies in aid of soldiers, the sad and sorry catalogue of ...

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Just days left to change the Immigration Bill

Posted on March 15, 2014

The Immigration Bill is now nearing the end of its' swift journey through parliament and will become law before the European elections in May, just months after being unveiled. The reason for this breakneck speed is, of course, so that Tories can try to win a few grubby votes off UKIP by showing how tough (ie. hostile) they are towards all these ghastly immigrants coming over here and contributing to our economy. Only last week David Cameron ...

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Tackling fuel poverty in Sutton

Posted on November 14, 2013

I am leading a cross-committee taskforce in Sutton looking at fuel poverty. Fuel poverty has been rising dramatically in recent years, continuing an upward trend that began as long ago as 2003. (more…)

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Theresa May’s Immigration Bill demeans us all

Posted on October 14, 2013

The government’s new Immigration Bill is all about UKIP. Westminster parties, led by the Tories, tremble at the thought of Nigel Farage and hope to peel away a few grubby votes by appealing to the worst instincts in society. (more…)

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