Professor Gus John

November 8, 2011

Forging a Future for Young People in London

The following speech was delivered at the “Young People and Opportunity: a Vision for London” conference, promoted by the Institute of Education, on November 8th, 2011. In 2005, as part of the Canada-UK Colloquium on cities and […]
November 1, 2011

Eulogy to Geraldine Roxanne Connor

I feel deeply honoured to have been asked by Geraldine’s family to deliver this eulogy. I have undertaken many an assignment in my day, but none with such foreboding as this.  For, how does one do justice […]
October 17, 2011

Peter Figueroa obituary

There is a certain poignancy about the timing of Peter Figueroa’s death, aged 75, during the period of rioting across England this summer – the worst civil unrest seen for a generation, sparked in part by the […]
August 13, 2011

Open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron

This open letter was sent to the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, on August 13th, 2011. Dear Prime Minister, I write as someone whose contribution for more than four decades to the struggle for quality schooling and […]
August 11, 2011

London Riots: a youthful underclass

Chalk Farm became one more of some unlikely places to be targeted by violent street protesters in the last few days.  It was also the scene of yet one more of those senseless killings of young people […]
July 6, 2011

Moss Side riots: the struggle to find a way through troubled waters

When Benet Hytner QC was doused with a jug of water by a member of public, he might have known the course of the Moss Side riots inquiry would not run smooth. Mr Hytner, as he chaired […]
July 4, 2011

Letter to Rt Hon Theresa May MP

The following letter was sent to Rt Hon Theresa May MP (by then, Home Secretary in David Cameron’s Cabinet), on July 4th, 2011.  Dear Home Secretary, Call for a People’s Inquiry into Gun and Knife Killings in […]
June 18, 2011

Launching ‘The Case for a Learner’s Charter for Schools’

The launch event of “The Case for a Learner’s Charter for Schools” was hosted by the National Union of Teachers on 17 June 2011. In his presentation, professor Gus John passionately explained the importance of keeping children at […]
May 27, 2011

Contract killers as young as 15 recruited to do drug syndicates’ dirty work

So, Santre Sanchez Gayle sold his freedom for £10 a year for the next 20 years and won the dubious reputation of being a contract killer at 15.  Shocking though it is that his hirers could use […]

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