Pension freeze for minorities who retire abroad


People who retire to countries such as India, Pakistan, Trinidad &Tobago, Grenada, Nigeria and Kenya are not entitled to their full pension payout, unlike those retiring and staying in the UK and Europe.

People from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background who retire to certain countries will have their state pension frozen for the duration of their retirement and this will have a detrimental effect on future of BME finances according to a report by equality think tank Runnymede Trust.

Barack Obama: His speech reminds us what we’ve lost


To see the world’s most powerful man in the world stand up and lie, bully and perhaps worse still, support extreme bigotry, has almost become the norm when we think of Donald Trump. Just when you think he cannot shock you any more, he’ll shock you. His disregard for progressive world leaders such as Germany’s Angela Merkel and Canada’s Justin Trudeau, beggars’ belief.

Happy 22nd Birthday OBV


Twenty two years ago today we dreamt of changing our world.

With so many Black men and women dying in police custody,  such as Wayne Douglas and Cynthia Jarrett,  or being murdered at the hands of racist thugs, as were  Roland Adams, Stephen Lawrence and Ali Ibrahim, we knew we needed political power:  Political power, not to ask for protection and justice, but, as is our right,  to demand it.

All BME female shortlist for Woodford and Chingford


The Labour party are pinning their hopes on one of four brilliant BME women to unseat Ian Duncan Smith MP in any forth-coming General election.

The Woodford and Chingford seat, a once Conservative strong hold has been whittled down to a slim 2000 majority In recent years . Labour now see it as a key target seat and will throw huge resources to capture this prized seat that used to be represented  by Winston Churchill no less.

World Cup winners: The African Diaspora


Every since the 1970 World Cup- my first real World Cup - I’ve loved this competition.

As a Black child living in a racially hostile Leicester, a Black man emerged as the greatest human being on my planet: Pele. Pele and his team of dazzling Brazilians not only won and kept  the Jules Rimet cup that year, but in some style too. 50 years on and that footballing panache has yet to be replicated. Imagine then, as ten year old boy your schoolmates refering to you on the football pitch as Pele! It really didn’t get much better than that.

Marsha De Cordova’s finest political moment


OBV alumnus Marsha De Cordova MP hasn’t even been an MP for one year yet, but that hasn’t stopped her being a powerful voice in one of the fiercest chambers of world politics.

Yesterday, during Prime Minsters Question Time, Marsha took to the floor like a seasoned veteran, and set about flaying the Cabinet Minister, Esther Mcvey in a confident and precise manner.

British Airways, Stop deportation flights


I started a petition on Monday night calling on British Airways to stop working with the Home Office, deporting people. Last week it was revealed by The Guardian that Virgin has declared it is no longer collaborating with the government to deport people. I am quoted in the article:

My mothers generation helped build the NHS


All this week there will be 70th anniversary celebrations of the UK’s public treasury, the National Health Service.

Of course it is no coincidence that it's also the 70th  Windrush anniversary. The beginning of a world beating national health system, free at the point of entry, desperately needed a work force that matched its lofty ambition. My mother’s Caribbean generation that arrived after being invited by the UK Government to work in this relatively new system, clearly fitted that bill.

Africa’s Great Civilisations: Endlessly enthralling and tremendously dramatic


There’s a lot of revisionism around at the moment about nineteenth-century imperialism. The British Empire, for example, is praised for having brought such useful innovations to uncivilised subject peoples as the English language, cricket, red post boxes, common law and Christianity.

The other European powers did much the same sort of thing, in varying degrees, though in Africa the Belgians were particularly cruel and the Germans neglectful, even by the standards of the time.

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