For years Labour candidates have on the whole been pale male and stale. There have been some great male politicians but equally many women with potential didn’t get the opportunity to show that they too could be great. The recent announcement of Tessa Jowell’s brain tumour reminds us of her legacy and the fact that… Read More All women shortlists
Not all Brexiteers are anti-immigrant racists; just a third of them. Well a third actually admitted it, I suspect many more just didn’t want to be so blatant. 18% of Remainers also admitted to racial prejudice. But the problem is deeper than ‘just’ racism. It is about the UK’s relationship with the rest of the… Read More National Schizophrenia
The “Lone Wolf” is and will always be a ridiculous concept. No man is an island no individual who chooses to shoot 59 people and maim more than 500 more did it all by himself with his own bare hands. The “lone-ness” of the “Wolf” is an attempt to circumscribe him, to remove him from the… Read More The Las Vegas Lone Wolf
In August I was selected to go on the Momentum “Train the Trainer” course. As an experienced trainer myself I was intrigued to see how they would do things. It turned out to be a brilliant day the training was delivered in an upbeat style no boring bits. I have delivered training in various forms… Read More Persuasive Conversations
If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about about the so called Henry VIII Act it might be time to go back to basics. Our democracy is based on doctrine of “The Separation of powers”. The legislature make laws (Parliament) the executive implement laws (Ministers and their departments) and the judiciary interpret laws… Read More Henry VIII Act and The Rule of Law
Charlottesville shocked me. I know there are neo nazis in the US and many other countries including the UK but I was still shocked to see them out loud and proud walking the streets of a town in the US, wearing Nazi Regalia raising their arms shouting ‘seig heil’ and what is much worse, getting… Read More Charlottesville and you
The family recently convicted of keeping slaves for up to 26 years were all white. Jimmy Saville was white; Max, Clifford, white; Cyril Smith, white, Rolf Harris, white. Huge numbers of priests, you guessed it – white. There are also swirling allegations about former Prime Minister Ted Heath and Leon Brittan and other politicians, all… Read More Sarah Champion, grooming gangs and race
Former Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan described Margaret Thatcher’s privatisation programme as “selling off the family silver”. The argument in favour was that government run services were inefficient and introducing market competition would increase efficiency. So utilities like Gas water and electricity were privatised. However public utilities were monopolies and did not have any competition. Industry… Read More Privatisation isn’t working?
Like many people over the last few years I’ve been seething from my sofa, ranting online to anyone and everyone who will listen about the iniquities of the current political system. From the outrageous number of people who have died shortly after being deemed fit for work, to families existing on handouts from food… Read More Politically active: what’s stopping you?
Black and minority ethnic (BAME) pupils make up 27% of the school population but just 13% of teachers. Is this a problem and if yes what’s to be bone about it? I was asked to field questions from the public on the subject on BBC Radio Leeds the day the statistics were published. Many of… Read More Why so few black teachers?