Making mandazi in lockdown

Posted: August 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

I wrote up this more personal piece for the wonderful Vittles newsletter on making mandazi, an East African fried food, in the challenging circumstances of lockdown.

Every immigrant culture has a genre of food that can be tentatively called aunty food: the type of food item that is almost exclusively only supplied to order by an aunty (an aunty is not necessarily a relative, just someone in the community). Mandazi is one of the East African diaspora’s aunty foods.  

Read the full article.

I wrote up a comment about where the Green Party’s leadership should be looking on movement-building.

Movement building should be the Green Party of England and Wales’ most important long-term aim. One of the most important things brought about by Natalie Bennett’s 2012 was her advocacy for what then was known as the “West Midlands Model”, a system developed -you guessed it – in the West Midlands, whereby local party campaigning was coordinated at the regional level. Read the full article.

In the week following lockdown I wrote a briefing in my day job highlighting the specific risks facing people of colour in the UK from COVID19. I have written dozens of these over the years on different topics, drawing together specific evidence about an issue like mental health, access to GPs or benefit reforms and putting it into the context of the UK’s wider racial inequalities. Read the full article.

This was a piece of work done as part of my then day job at the Race Equality Foundation, working with academics at Queen Mary to understand differences in NHS staffing by race, class and gender.

Check it out here.

Following the revelations that significant figures in public life are openly flirting with ideas of eugenics, I wrote up a piece for Byline Times on how eugenics was behind some of the policy disasters of the 20th Century.

“Alongside the revelation that it was British institutions such as UCL which pioneered the thinking that informed the Nazis’ Final Solution, the other surprise for me when watching Angela Saini and Adam Pearson’s BBC documentary, Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal, earlier this year was just how pervasive eugenics and the bunk science behind it was in British social policy.”

Read the full article here.

Green New Deal report

Posted: November 24, 2019 in reports

Alex Phillips, the Green MEP for the South East of England asked me to put together a report on the Green New Deal. The publication looks at what a Green New Deal might look like at the local level, specifically in Dover and on the Isle of Wight. It brings together the available data and information with interviews from people who are already working on the solutions and enablers for a Green New Deal.

Read the full report here. 

Since the start of May, Natalie Bloomer and I have been writing a series of social affairs features in the Byline Times. Check out what we’ve done so far.

Thousands of Homeless People Excluded from London’s Flagship Support Service

Beirut article in the New Humanist

Posted: May 16, 2019 in articles
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I’ve got another Beirut article out, this time in the print copy of the New Humanist as part of their special edition on religion and power. You can get access from their website. https://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/5475/race-to-the-future

Figures obtained by Politics.co.uk reveal that almost 300 Commonwealth nationals have been evicted from their homes under the government’s controversial ‘right to rent’ rules, raising concerns that members of the Windrush generation could have been affected.

Read the full article here.

This is the third report in my Hungry Christmas series for Keith Taylor MEP since 2013. Once again, the numbers of people using emergency food aid have risen. Five years ago, one of the food bank managers I spoke to said that if there is still a significant food bank network in twenty years, then we will have failed as a nation – to resolve the underlying issues of poverty, welfare cuts and inequality.

Read the full report here.