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July 31, 2014

Global African Diaspora: transforming the state we’re in?

This article aims to explore the structural position of the Global African Diaspora population in Britain as related to the economy, education, employment, criminal justice and political representation. It examines the decline of social movements and of […]
July 28, 2014

London’s Black Cultural Archives Opens Its Doors

There was an extraordinary buzz in Brixton that lasted 7 hours on Thursday 24 July 2014 as the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) opened its doors to the world. Situated at 1 Windrush Square in an elegantly refurbished […]
June 18, 2014

‘Trojan Horse’ brings a Packhorse of British Values into Every School

David Cameron made a jingoistic statement about ‘British values’ last weekend in the wake of the ‘Trojan Horse’ debacle and Ofsted’s ‘extremism’ inspection findings on 21 schools in Birmingham, findings in respect of 5 of them that […]
June 7, 2014

‘Trojan Horses’ and Policing ‘Extremism’ in Schools

What happens in a secular schooling system when, free from ‘the shackles’ of elected local government, parents exercise the choice the state gives them and their school chooses to reflect its community’s aspirations in the way it […]
June 6, 2014

Barbados Remembers Winston Best

Barbados paid tribute to Athelston Winston Best at a memorial service held at the Clifton Hill Moravian Church, St Thomas, on Thursday 5th June 2014 at 3.30pm. Winston Best passed on at Whipps Cross Hospital at 7.00pm on […]
June 3, 2014

The SRA responds to Independent Comparative Case Review Report

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published its response to my ICCR report which it published in March 2014 and committed itself to taking action to tackle disproportionality in regulatory action and outcomes for BME solicitors. Outlining the range […]
June 3, 2014

Margaret Busby on Sam Greenlee

I have been struggling to find words worthy enough to express my gratitude to Margaret Busby for her obituary on Sam Greenlee. I suppose that like me, most people’s only mental and lived association with Greenlee is […]
May 15, 2014

Professor Emeritus Norman Girvan (1941- 2014)

It is with great sadness that I learnt in April of the passing of a great comrade and friend, Professor Norman Girvan. I had just finished conducting the funeral of another life-long comrade and friend, Winston Best, […]
May 1, 2014

Stomping the Moral High Ground

On 21 February 2014, I submitted to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) my report of the independent comparative case review they had commissioned in 2012 with the following terms of reference: “to identify whether there is disparity […]
March 29, 2014

A tribute to Athelston Winston Best

It is impossible to speak or write about the British schooling system and its engagement with the post-war Black presence these last 50 years without calling the name, Winston Best, over and over again.  Without doubt, Winston […]
March 18, 2014

Independent Comparative Case Review published

In 2013, the report of the most comprehensive review of Legal Education and Training (LETR) for 30 years was published.  That report was commissioned by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the […]
March 8, 2014

Policing by contempt

So, finally the home secretary is ordering a judge-led inquiry into the activities of undercover police and their corrupt practices. We in the black community have argued since the 1960s that there is a thin dividing line between […]

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