In 2010, landing cards of Windrush arrivals were destroyed. Then people who’d come as kids, like this little boy, now seniors, threatened w deportation, loss of NHS treatments, benefits. Many lost everything & suffering continues. But #SewellReport says no institutional racism.
On how report barely mentions Windrush, put brilliantly by @ppvernon - ‘if they had focused on the scandal, they would have had to admit that there was a systematic, structural failure in the way that the Home Office targeted the Windrush generation’…
In 2018, twelve Commonwealth Caribbean countries asked for a meeting to discuss the Windrush scandal with the government before the Commonwealth Heads of Gov meeting held in UK, were denied. So much for the hands of unity in the Commonwealth..
This photo from 1962 of people at Waterloo station is by the brilliant Howard Grey - the Network Rail history site has more.
It’s such a disgrace that the landing cards were destroyed. Such a rich historical archive of Black history and British history - thrown into the bin.
Just seen on @meenalsworld thread of analysis - the #SewellReport said fact that the Windrush arrivals’ contribution to the UK was celebrated at the Olympics Opening Ceremony was progress. Right, celebrated on TV while on the quiet the policy of deportation was commencing

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In 1911,Emily Davison hid in cupboard in Parliament chapel, part of suffragette effort to avoid being counted on Census Night (one group spent night on Wimb Common). E spotted by a cleaner & entered as ‘found hiding in crypt’. Thank you ⁦…
Here’s Emily Wilding Davison’s census form from the Parliament UK site, rights with the National Archives.…
Not Davison’s first time entering clandestinely into Parliament - she hid in the heating system (!) previously to challenge Asquith. St Mary Undercroft, the HoC chapel where she hid was built by Edward I but fell into disrepair & by time of huge fire of 1834 was a wine cellar (?)
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Thank you @CNN⁩ ⁦@PamelaBrownCNN⁩ - talking #HarryandMeghan. We don’t know what will be said with ⁦@Oprah⁩. But the facts don’t look good: a Black woman married into the RF & then comes sexism & racism. #Meghan did what other royal women did -but she got attacked.
Lots of coverage saying interview will be damaging. Point is, what went on in 2018/19 was damaging - prejudice, racism (inc mass meltdown over Frogmore) and they had to leave. Whether she speaks about unfair coverage or not (I expect so), it is the case. #HarryandMeghanonOprah
And as I said, of course everyone must be heard about the workplace - this is vital. But where was the immediate investigation into 2019 Mail story on Andrew shouting and poss physically threatening an aide? Stories on other royals shouting too. Let alone on Andrew’s behaviour.
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Thanks for spotting me on @BBCBreakfast - as I said, Harry and Meghan are a great loss to the RF - and we have to look at ourselves as a country, the racism against Meghan has been relentless. We think people who marry into the RF are our dolls to torment.
I also said that I think the half in /half out model is the future for the younger siblings, as in the Euro royals. It will happen eventually. It could have worked now. The Mayhew said that their Sussex Xmas card reached 250 mil - that star power has been lost to the RF and UK.
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I’ve reported /commented on Trump’s visits for CNN and others and done some general commentary on him. And I have been stunned at the level of abuse you get for simply reporting a fact.
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