- people are not blind to colour in a colour conscious society
- racism affects black and white people both but differently

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Trump not keen on international agreements
Trump administration has told lobbyists and European diplomats that the United States will withdraw from the nearly 200-nation climate pact unless it secures concessions for the fossil fuel industry - to promote the coal industry.
The Paris agreement seeks to halt average global warming at no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial temperatures... read more
Kashmir debate 'rubbished' by MP assistant
Kashmir is a legacy of the British Empire and a longstanding divide line between India and Pakistan relationships, needing a harmonious and sensitive approach by the global community to resolve the matter.
The ongoing and recent Indian Army actions in the Indian held Kashmir, causing enormous death ... read more
Controversial Casey review
While the review highlights variety of socio-cultural negativities, most prevalent in some Muslims, it lacks adequate focus on why things are as they are – for example, barriers to integration which many say are the dominant norms as well as the conflicts and contradiction within these norms. The strategically appointed community secretary Sajid Javid immediately defended the widely disowned ... read more

Plight of the disabled people

Some of the assaults on welfare for vulnerable people by Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne taking effect now, could prove more painful for thousands of families across the country than any others since the Conservatives launched their austerity campaign back in 2010.
Some 51,000 disabled people have had specially adapted vehicles taken away ..
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Asians – which Asians?
Since the UK race relations legislation forty years ago, race terminology has been struggling to keep up and faces multiple challenges because language is power where words create structures.
The term Asian in the UK developed with the development of anti-discrimination framework to combat discrimination against groups of people but without appreciating that the term has severe ... read more
Muslim women
in right-wing headlines
Following the home secretary’s foot steps to appear tough, David Cameron’s suggestion of a correlation between the deficiency in English language and perceived extremism has been heavily criticised.
The damaging suggestion, part of the Cameron’s strategic announcement of the new £20 million fund* primarily for ... read more
Brexit hitting schools
Following the EU referendum, the schools are caught up with the politics of Bexit by the implications of school census, immigration, migration and English as an Additional Language (EAL).
Many schools have started collecting data on pupils' country of birth, nationality and level of English proficiency through the school census in line with the national population census, to fulfil the Department for Education requirement.
"The information will be used to help the DfE better understand how children with for example, English as an additional language, perform in terms of broader learning" informs DfE.
At present, schools record if a pupil speaks EAL or not, worked out on the basis of the language spoken at home rather than pupil's acquisition of the English language - the information is usually gathered through the .. read more
Lack of public confidence
in politics
No point in blaming people for not being keen on the politics as the politics is now generally associated with dishonesty, deception, lies and scaremongering – remember MPs expenses scandals (Harrow no exception) or the police enquiries and court convictions regarding the election expenses or the racist pitching at the London mayor election, and of course the use of ‘immigration’ to generate far right nationalistic feelings for Brexit or the insecure politicians with no real moral authority who use a piece of cloth (female scarf) in a show of power to deny Muslim identity and stir up nationalism to capture far right support (remember the previous scare that communism will take over)!
One can describe similar other doings making the same point.
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Government’s interest in
‘term-time holidays’!
Interesting to see the prime minister’s interest in the term-time holidays issue on the same day Labour announced their policy to fund free, healthy meals for all primary school children.
Theresa May who interferes in how pupils should be educated now says that the individual headteacher should have the flexibility to make decision about the balance between pupil attendance and time off.
She was talking after the Supreme Court ruling against a parent, who had won earlier legal battles against a £120 fine in a case brought by the Isle of Wight council for taking his daughter on an unauthorised term-time holiday.
The straitjacket absence fines enforced through the legal actions and without due consideration about the impact of specific absence on a pupil’s learning, gives less educational and more authoritative sense, most probably demanded from the schools to help out the government .. read more