80s Gremlins attack equalities laws

Surely the prize for the daftest excuse for a government policy has to be the idea that equality laws are a ‘burden’ and the best way of working towards equality is to, err, abolish equality laws. (more…)

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Do we need community leaders?

I took part in a fascinating live debate on last nights’ Dotun Adebayo BBC London show on the subject of leadership. (more…)

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Government equality priorities make no mention of race, faith or disabilities

Posted on June 11, 2013

The coalition's equalities work programme has failed to include a single measure to address race inequality. (more…)

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Has George Osborne already ditched Equality Impact Assessments?

Has George Osborne forgotten to do an Equality Impact Assessment on his budget again? (more…)

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Lords win battle to save equalities mission statement

The campaign to save an equality law enshrining Britain’s commitment to work towards the elimination of racism received a boost this week when the coalition peers defied the Government to keep the aspirational statement. Ministers were defeated by over 50 votes as peers voted to keep Section 3 of the Equality Act which expresses the desire to promote good race relations and end prejudice and hate. (more…)

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My article in The Guardian: Keep Mary Seacole on the curriculum

Posted on January 9, 2013

The Guardian have published an article I wrote about Mary Seacole being kicked off the schools curriculum by education secretary Michael Gove. You can read it here and below. (more…)

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The media on Mary Seacole

Posted on January 9, 2013

I've gathered together the news articles so far on the campaign to reinstate Mary Seacole and Olaudah Equiano to the schools curriculum.  (more…)

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Jesse Jackson backs Mary Seacole schools curriculum campaign

Posted on January 9, 2013

The Times has today published a letter from US civil rights leader Rev Jesse Jackson and a host of celebrities, politicians and academics calling on education secretary Michael Gove to reinstate the Victorian nurse Mary Seacole back onto the schools curriculum. (more…)

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#census2011 reveals a widening gap in race inequality

Posted on December 11, 2012

The release of new figures about the 'ethnic minority' population from the 2011 census this morning means that the extent of disproportionate discrimination and inequality has officially risen. No wonder, then, that the 2011 census is to be the last of its' kind. The census, that takes place every decade, is to be abandoned. And as a result no longer shall we be able to accurately measure the extent of institutional racism in years to come. ...

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The demise of the local race equality council

Whatever happened to the old local Race Equality Councils? You remember them, the office with dirty windows lowering the tone of the High Street. Management committees that played out internecine battles between different communities. Yes, it's true REC's don't have a the most glowing of reputations. But behind the stereotypes existed many well-functioning organisations that made a real difference on the ground. (more…)

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