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…)
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, ...
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…)
I took the opportunity on Saturday to question Ed Davey, the energy secretary, on the matter of prepayment meters ripping off the poorest in society and deepening fuel poverty in Britain. (more…)
Has George Osborne forgotten to do an Equality Impact Assessment on his budget again? (more…)
Back in 2009 I wrote an article in The Guardian on the ‘Media’s all-white club’. This was prompted by my research into the racial diversity of BBC Radio 4 presenters. Out of 100-plus regular presenters just two were Asian and none from an African or Caribbean background. This, despite the fact that Rajar figures showed a greater proportion of BAME communities listened to Radio 4 compared to the national population. So this notion of a ...
Osborne’s autumn statement shows failure of economic policy. Food kitchens for the poor demonstrates human cost.
Last week I blogged about the case of Mark and Helen Mullins (1,000 suicides: victims of a failing economic strategy) who committed suicide together after being ground down by poverty including making 12 mile round trips on foot to collect vegetables from a soup kitchen to avoid starvation. Today the Daily Mirror reports that some desperate families are driven by hunger to trudge 20 miles on foot to get to food banks. It's a heartbreaking ...
As debate rages over press regulation following the Lord Leveson report one issue that should be on the agenda is protection against racism and prejudice. (more…)
The economic depression could be to blame for over 1,000 suicides in England, according to the British Medical Journal. With predictions the recession- which has lasted four years already - could drag on for another decade and include an unprecedented triple dip how many more lives will end prematurely before the UK recovers? (more…)
No sooner has the bunting been cleared away following Barack Obama's re-election then news emerges of efforts by his administration to help Shell oil company avoid being sued in connection with human rights abuses against the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. (more…)