Racism shows up in different ways, HCJ has long experience of dealing with racial harassment and the racists
• Bexit politics hitting children and schools
• Do we really need grammar schools
• Post-Brexit racism crimes
• Selfish vision to leave EU
• No forced academies
• Love for India and steel crisis
• Rhetoric of accountability
• Muslim women in right-wing headlines
• Concerns about Harrow CCG
• Listen to all Londoners
• Scandalous plan to cut welfare benefits
• Schools could do without politics
• Using migrants as springboard
• ‘Do first, and say sorry later’
• Blair, the savvier!
• UKIP in race-headlines!
• Politics of inequality & injustice
• Love for India – really?
• Cameron targets minority voters
• Prison situation
• Reviving ‘snoopers' charter’
• Palestinian statehood
• Gaza & Warsi out of the news
• Wake-up call for Warsi
• Political immaturity in Harrow
• Harrow Council institutionally racist?
• Why Tower Hamlets and not Harrow?
• Who decides the political map!
• Scaremongering in Harrow!
• Harrow Council with no party in
• Shah is bitter as his dynasty collapses
• Political parties want 'foot soldiers’
• Ousted - Labour Group leader
• Conservatives poor under Cllr Hall
• Community grants in Harrow setting
• Sharp increase in homelessness
• Engagement with older citizens
• Met racism inquiry
• Fuel poverty - a national problem
• Code of conduct - public accountability
• Would standards committees be missed
• 'Don't play politics with the economy'
• Broken Society'
• HPCCG plight
• Community consultation
• Housing benefit changes hit the
• Community lettings
• Threat to social cohesion
• A school of national interest
• The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act
• NHS - Dr Foster Hospital Guide
• Immigrants to create extra households?
• Student unrest over fee
• Progressive approach to town twinning
• Twinning - Harrow's situation
• Re-claiming the 'inner cities'
• Housing benefit cuts – onslaught on vulnerable
• 'Big Society'
Well done Khan
Sadiq Khan won London Mayoral election by a huge majority despite Zack Goldsmith team’s vile race and hate campaign, worst in the history of British elections.
Conservative strategy, sharpened in Harrow East, to stir up emotions in certain communities for votes also failed.
Mr Khan’s count gave him the largest personal mandate of any politician in UK history.
It would be interesting to see how Mr Khan works under critics thick magnifying glasses and addresses plight of Londoners who have different but equally important needs! 9/5/16
Presence of Asian and Black people in Britain and their alienation from the main British institutions opened up the contradictions in class and gender, leading to race, gender and disability specific anti-discrimination legislations and supporting structures in 1960s/ 1970s.
In early 1980s, public awareness and concerns about inequalities, more so in the immigrant communities, were heightened by the premise and use of the controversial Section 11 of the Local Government Act 1966 funding, granted to local authorities who in the opinion of Secretary of State were required to make special provisions in the exercise of any of their functions in consequence of the presence within their areas of substantial numbers of immigrants. The conflict was because of the ad hoc use of the S11 funding without involving its beneficiaries or achieving a consensus about their needs.
A problematic view of immigrants, that "immigration is the great social problem of this century and of the next. It is only right that local authorities which have to incur unusually large expenditure in respect of it should receive some help" (Sir David Renton MP - Hansard 1966/67: Volume 29 p1308), led to anti-racist thinking and initiatives as well as the drive for social justice, though with expected backlash like the right-wing press, led by the Daily Mail, recycling that Labour councils in London are spending a fortune to eradicate racism and sexism. Brent took the direct hit!
Struggle to confront racism, including the institutional racism, inequalities and injustice peaked in mid-1990 and then gradually fizzled out due to the 'divide and rule' tactics by the institutions, including the political parties, which rewarded those who colluded with the unjust institutional policies/practices and penalised those who opposed and confronted these.
Twenty five years on, once again there are circumstance which has resulted in solidarity to confront racism, inequalities, oppression and social injustice.
While Bexit scaremongering, lies and immigration/ refugee specific vile language has certain success in cultivating an atmosphere of racism and harassment, the overriding reaction is a process to confront racism and injustice, solidarity with refugees and quickly challenging the socio-political contradictions.
For example, the inconsistencies in what Theresa May said at the Conservative Party Conference 2016, were quickly challenged: May pleads for Tories to be on 'centre ground' but prescribes a number of rightwing policies, grammar schools and companies to reveal how many foreign workers they employ.
The social media was quick to comment, "Media that hounded Corbyn over anti-semitism (when he is doing all he can do) is very quiet about Tory Islamophobia and xenophobia, SHAMEFUL".
The Stand Up to Racism major London conference on 8 October 2016 where Jeremy Corbyn spoke, contextualised the government's wave of anti-immigrant measures designed to pander to the post-referendum wave of racism, including rules to deny international students access to non-elite universities, reduce the proportion of migrant doctors in the NHS, introduce mandatory immigration checks for taxi licence applicants, restrict immigration and blame migrants for the effects of austerity.
Some key massages from the packed house conference included, "you never stand back when there's racism", "We have today the birth of a new movement against racism" and "We need Stand up to Racism in every town to show we are not divided & will fight back".
Furthermore, Jeremy Corbyn witch-hunting, challenges to his leadership and implicit attempts to derail his social justice/ equalities stand for the Labour party, have resulted in massive support for Corbyn, his enhanced mandate and increased Labour Party membership.
The return of equalities in response to the recent racist circumstances, could, for example, be well sensed by the initiatives like the composition of the shadow cabinet under Corbyn leadership that represents the diversity, including shadow home secretary Diane Abbott MP, shadow attorney general Baroness Shami Chakrabarti and shadow leader of the house Valerie Vaz MP.
"We know Jeremy's new shadow cabinet will take the Tories to task and effectively hold them to account. Well done to all those appointed" - this Twitter comment summarises the feelings well!
Like the Section 11 in 1980s, the pre and post Bexit racism situations and ongoing attacks on Corbyn have mobilised masses to confront and oppose racism and inequalities.
It would be professionally sound to acknowledge that we are in a new era of equalities and social justice because of Jeremy Corbyn. 9/10/2016