Kevin Maxwell

Writer and advocate

ONE of Labour’s problems …

As a British political party, Labour “is” out of touch with many of those it seeks to represent. Yesterday, I read that Labour had been defeated at the UK Parliament in the Bedroom Tax debate. The Conservatives and “Liberal Democrats” together, chose to keep the controversial tax which restricts the amount of housing benefit that council…

I’m Riding with Sydney …

When I woke up this morning, news started to come in that there was a siege in Sydney. There was commentary that it was linked to terrorists, and one of my first thoughts was a Muslim backlash. I left, and went about my business. When I returned, well, what happened I didn’t expect. Australians had decided…

We are all Eric Garner

Like so many, I watched the video of Eric Garner’s death in New York over and over again. Like so many, it still haunts me. On July 17 2014, Eric Garner‘s life was taken from him after an NYPD officer put him in a ‘chokehold’. Something, banned by the police department. Banned, because rightly this compression of…

World AIDS Day 2014

Some things do, but AIDS does not discriminate. Today 1 December, is World Aids Day. A time to remember those lost, affected by and left behind. For more information on the fight against HIV and how you can help, please visit worldaidsday.org  Thinking of all those this #WorldAIDSDay x

Black Lives Matter America, by Ryan Centner

I came across a powerful article earlier from my American friend Ryan Centner who is an Assistant Professor of Urban Geography within the Department of Geography and Environment at The London School of Economics, about the troubles in Ferguson and beyond. With his kind permission, it is published below. – Far from America for the last year…

Emily Thornberry is as much a snob as I am

As a man from inner-city Liverpool living in the former Shadow Attorney General’s constituency for the last four years, I know personally her views on the working class. I was angry when I heard she had resigned from Labour’s front bench, and more so when all the parasites jumped on the bandwagon including some from…

The sensitive subject of Suicide

In Britain today, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 35. And like so many of these men, I too have been vulnerable whilst living with depression. It was a few weeks ago, that I was speaking with some writers when we were asked as a group to describe each other. The…

Lest We Forget … what they died for

I always find it difficult remembering 11 November, for lots of reasons which others no doubt share. I was born in Liverpool, am Northern English through and through and have been known to be a passionate Brit at times. But, many people like me and especially those younger don’t always know how to or indeed…

Live, Love & Laugh …

Last week, the husband of my friend from my old neighbourhood in Liverpool died. He and I weren’t many years apart. I know no words can comfort my friend at this time, and all people can do is be there for her. Once again though, I’ve been reminded that life is so precious and we need…

Pariah … the film *****

Last night, I watched the film Pariah written and directed by Dee Rees. It’s a 2011 contemporary drama telling the story of Alike, a 17-year old African-American teenager embracing her identity as a lesbian. It premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Excellence in Cinematography Award, which I can see why. I had…

A disgrace – #FreeRayCole Morocco

I’ve just heard that Ray Cole has been arrested and detained in Morocco for being gay, and it reminded why I don’t visit countries like it and why other gay men shouldn’t. In many countries being gay is not a crime, but in so many it is – even, showing affection towards another of the same-sex in public. Ray has…