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…)
I am part of 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…)
The Guardian this week published a feature on how black voters can swing the 2015 general election. The piece, written by Hugh Muir, is sparked by research by Operation Black Vote which I authored. I am also quoted in the article talking about the Lib Dem perspective. (more…)
I was delighted that two months work has ended with high-profile coverage in The Guardian today. A study on the Power of the Black Vote - commissioned by Operation Black Vote - looks at the extent to which the BAME electorate can influence the result of the 2015 general election. And the conclusion is clear: we have the power! (more…)
The 36,000 people who signed the Mary Seacole petition were thanked today. They were instrumental in securing victory after education secretary Michael Gove unveiled the new schools curriculum. In addition, the number of MPs of all parties, who signed the Commons early day motion had climbed to 72 before yesterday's announcement. A full list of MPs is included below. (more…)
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. ...
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…)
This year we celebrated 25 years since the first Black (African and Caribbean) MPs were elected, but 25 years before this one man to paved the way. Grenada-born David Pitt first stood for election in 1959 and eventually became Lord Pitt of Hampstead. He achieved many 'firsts' and left a real legacy. If today's politicians stand on the shoulders of the likes of Bernie Grant, Diane Abbott and Paul Boateng, they stood on the shoulders of Pitt. ...
Doreen Lawrence is to launch a new postcard campaign to save the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She is demanding the withdrawal of planned budget cuts which would disproportionately hit black and Asian staff and the disabled. (more…)
A couple of months ago Gary Younge wrote in The Guardian highlighting the consequences of online racism. He argued that for some the right to offend has trampled on the basic sense of recognising how it feels to be offended. (more…)