Malky Mackay: First class bigot and his mate


Dave Whelan, the Wigan Chairman, has dismissed his local MP Lisa Nandy’s concern about employing the disgraced football manager Malky Mackay. Mackay, you may remember, was overlooked for a number of premiership managerial jobs because of a slew of emails he sent to other football colleagues which were homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist and sexist. The Chairman’s response to Nandy was a complete slap down: “She’s wrong”, he said, adding:

Historic publication focuses on Black Mental Health


Solution magazine marks a breakthrough in the way issues that activists have been campaigning on for a number of years have been taken up by senior politicians.

This week writing the foreword, Home Secretary Theresa May MP commended the first print edition and the crucial work done by Black Mental Health UK .

Focusing on the theme of ‘Policing, Mental Health & black Briton’ this edition was launched at the recent joint high level Home Office and BMH UK summit on this issue.

Warsi condemns all extremists in Middle East


For weeks now, tensions have been rising in Jerusalem, simmering since the kidnap and brutal murder of three Jewish teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June, the barbaric setting alight of a Palestinian teenager in the following month, and the bloody conflict in Gaza in July and August which left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead, including some 500 children.

Rochester, racism and the threat to our society


The virus of xenophobia and racism runs rampant in Rochester-by-election

The Ukip candidate and front runner in Rochester by-election former Tory Mark Reckless, has helped ensure mainstream British politics has sunk to another all time low by suggesting that Polish plumbers and other EU migrants could be asked to leave Britain if his party were in government.

OBV pays to tribute to Efua Dorkenoo


Although it is a month today since Efua Dorkenoo passed away, we at OBV would nevertheless like to remember her.

A prominent human rights activist and researcher, Ms. Dorkenoo passed away on October 18th at the age of 65. She was best known for her work in combating female genital mutation, or FGM.

People are still reluctant to adopt black children


There has been a marked increase in the number of white children being adopted since the coalition government’s renewed focus on shaking up the adoption system. But there has been absolutely no change in the tiny number of black children being adopted each year.

The latest figures for adoption in England, shows that there was a 27% increase in the number of white children been adopted over 12 months to the end of March 2014. But over the same period there was a 0% increase in the number of black children been adopted.

OBV Cartoon Corner: Fat cats love migrants


CBI: Migrants make UK PLC stronger


The immigration debate has caused a great stir over the past few months, and has recently intensified with business bosses criticising the Government and others for the anti-immigrant rhetoric they feel will have a negative impact on the prosperity of the UK.

David Cameron's Asian PM: Dream or reality?


David Cameron became the first UK Prime Minister to attend the GG2 Leadership awards this month, which honour high-achieving and influential individuals from minority communities.

As he addressed the audience at the event, Cameron congratulated his Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, who was honoured at the event.

I am incredibly proud that number one on your power list is…the brilliant Asian man that I asked to join the Cabinet,”

Education: London's bright because London’s diverse


The facts don’t lie: A new report by the University of Bristol clearly highlights that the academic success of the capital's teenagers who have achieved significantly better GCSE results than the rest of England is due to the ethnic diversity in the capital’s schools.

Professor Simon Burgess, who led the research, said:

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