Do They Know New Africa At All?

by David Wood I always ask myself a couple of questions before starting this column. One is whether l can write an incisive, perceptive, eloquent yet occasionally witty piece about a contemporary issue without invoking Diane Abbott’s ‘divide and rule’ maxim and making negative observations about fellow members of our African diaspora. Apart from UKIP’s… Read More

Ain’t no black in the UKIP pack?

Now we know for sure. After their stunning, and literally historic victory in the Clacton by-election and unexpected success in the North West on the same day, there is now electoral ‘proof’ – if any were still needed – that UKIP are likely to have a significant impact on the outcome of the general election in May 2015.

So what does this mean for minority ethnic communities in Britain, as the political centre of gravity drifts to the right? Read More

Fan or not Baroness Warsi’s resignation is no cause for celebration if you value diversity in public life

by David Wood Politics is a tribal business. It is a strange world where you can virulently disagree with somebody in private, but because they are ‘one of us’, to coin one of Margaret Thatcher’s favourite expressions, you would not be able to get a fag-paper’s worth of difference in opinion when expressed publicly. This… Read More