Where I've Been in the World ...

Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland,…

Racism makes White people uncomfortable, imagine how Black people feel?

Kevin Maxwell

Last Friday I heard about the Black Lives Matter movement protests around the UK, in particular that the M4 motorway into Heathrow Airport had been blocked by those protesting against police brutality and violence towards people of colour. It was then that I saw comment after comment from white people saying that racism in Britain…

The Black Farmer and Me …

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, known to many as ‘The Black Farmer’. I’ve been fortunate to have met lots of interesting people over the years for coffee and a chat, but Wilfred is someone who took me by surprise. The British black farmer is a force to be reckoned with, and an inspiring man. Wilfred…

Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police by Rob Evans & Paul Lewis

Undercover

As a former Scotland Yard detective, I was curious to read the book Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police by Rob Evans and Paul Lewis and today finished it. Fundamentally, it is an investigation by The Guardian’s two journalists into the UK’s undercover policing operations and whether we as the British public consent to…

LGBT Lives Matter too …

LGBT Lives Matter too …

I read with dismay and saw the horrendous pictures yesterday of Veronica Bolina, a Brazilian transgender woman, who was stripped, had her head shaved and face disfigured by the police in the South American country. I tweeted about this, and it went viral throughout the world and is still going. This got me thinking about…