- people are not blind to colour in a colour conscious society
- racism affects black and white people both but differently
HARROW COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE
a campaigning national organisation - promoting the principle of 'different but equal'
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
Open letter to prime minister
We write to you because the subject of our concern in embedded in the period when you were the home secretary, and also because now you are in more powerful position as the prime minister.
We appreciate any meaningful initiatives to improve the quality of life of the groups of people who are subjected to racism, harassment, abuse, hate and so on because ... read more
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
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
Concerns about Clinical Commissioning Groups
In an open letter to Secretary of State for Health Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, HCJ has said:
As you would know, the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) can choose to co-commission primary care services from GPs which, as the very recent National Audit Office report has pointed out, “is likely to increase significantly the number and scale of conflicts of interest”.
In Harrow, the Harrow Monitoring Group has highlighted local concerns ... there is a need to build public confidence that CCGs are safeguarding patients’ interests and taxpayers’ money by managing these risks.
One way to do this could be to re-structure CCGs to appoint all lay board members with some medical practitioners as non-voting cooptees
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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
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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