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PhD (Social Integration). Senior Data Analyst @csjthinktank. Proud Lutonian. British-Bangladeshi author of forthcoming book Beyond Grievance (Swift Press).
Feb 16 5 tweets 1 min read
It is understood that the UK Government is preparing an official response to the Sewell report on race & ethnic disparities.

I am not entirely convinced that the UK Government fully understands what is at stake here. British race relations is very much at a crossroads (1/5) American-inspired radical identity politics is a direct threat to British community relations.

Its influence within public institutions - from the NHS to state school system - should concern every member of the Gov.

It is anti-responsibility, anti-family, anti-cohesion (2/5)
Nov 21, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
One man who has been largely overlooked in cricket's 'racism scandal' is former England and Yorkshire player Ajmal Shahzad.

And it is a shame - because his insights deserve a far wider reach. But perhaps they don't fit in with the identitarian script.

google.com/amp/s/www.dail… Ajmal Shahzad's experiences and comments do not undermine Azeem Rafiq's testimony.

However, the degree to which Shahzad has been overlooked, demonstrates that this is not about "diversity" and "inclusion" - it is ultimately about 'narrative-setting'.

Shahzad's insights matter.
Nov 20, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Some 'progressive' leftists in the United States are responsible for draining the term 'white supremacy' of its historical weight and significance.

Every political and legal result they are dissatisfied with is blamed on white supremacy.

It is both disrespectful and desperate. US-inspired identitarianism has gained a foothold in Britain.

The UK Government has been accused of pursuing a "white nationalist" agenda.

It has set up bespoke resettlement schemes for Hongkongers fleeing Chinese-state tyranny and Afghans escaping from Taliban-led persecution.
Sep 24, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
"Starmer writes that the ‘years of Brexit gridlock put enormous stress on our country’ – conveniently glossing over the fact that he was the chief architect of Labour’s second referendum policy."

My latest @mailplus on the Labour leader's new essay.

mailplus.co.uk/edition/commen… "There are two major problems which stand out for me – a failure to acknowledge the anti-democratic metropolitan snobbery associated with the party’s disastrous ‘second referendum’ policy and an unwillingness to engage with perfectly legitimate anxieties over immigration."
Sep 5, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Instead of exploring ways to create a healthcare system which is more responsive to the needs of a diverse population, NHS 'equality professionals' instruct white people to read up on their racial "privilege" and "fragility".

Divisive and a fundamental waste of public resources. Action is needed to strengthen relations between the NHS and distrustful communities.

Need tailored health-awareness interventions for illnesses which are more prevalent in particular ethnic groups.

Lecturing white people on their 'fragility'? Dear me.

Apr 8, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
The UK's serious problem is institutional ignorance.

Unknowledgeable middle-class directors/managers who are unaware of the diversity of needs and concerns in working-class, multi-ethnic communities.

In Luton's case, largely witless rural-based "consultants" being drafted in. We have a cultural model which does not prioritise local expertise and grassroots knowledge the way it should.

And we do have an economic model which needs to be more merit + knowledge-based - excess amount of people who are clearly "punching" in terms of the role they are in.
Jun 8, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Despite being an international activist movement, it is clear that much of #BlackLivesMatter is ultimately interested in forms of violence, persecution and oppression which white people are held responsible for.

If the sources are non-white, the level of enthusiasm is not there. Violence and other forms of criminality within predominantly black inner-city neighbourhoods are rarely part of the #BLM conversation.

Outside of the Western world, we have Black African Christians being butchered by co-racial Islamist militants in the Sahel.

Little is said.
Jun 1, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
Reflecting on the protests in London, my general thoughts:

- Protesting at No10 was a wasted exercise and insulting British police officers was hugely disrespectful

- Radical leftist activists continue to be a serious threat to Labour's chances of future electoral success 👇 Radical leftist activists in the UK are so consumed by their anti-government hatred, they protested at No10 over a tragic event which took place in the US state of Minnesota.

What exactly do you expect from the UK Government and the Prime Minister? Why were you protesting there?
Apr 26, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
Trevor Phillips:

- Former head of Commission for Racial Equality

- Former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

- Chairman of Green Park Diversity Analytics

- Recipient of France's Legion of Honour

MCB, along with Naz Shah, are not doing themselves any favours. The broader problem the MCB has, is that its efforts to speak on behalf of British Muslims - a diverse population - is not matched by representation.

And it must also understand that criticisms of multiculturalism, and anti-Muslim prejudice, do not necessarily go hand-in-hand.
Apr 20, 2020 10 tweets 3 min read
Mayor of London @SadiqKhan's @guardian article, framing the impact of COVID-19 as a form of racial injustice, is unhelpful.

#COVID19UK does not "discriminate" as such - but it is having a disproportionate impact under certain economic, social, and health conditions.

THREAD: % of ethnic group living in London:

Black African: 58.0%
Black Caribbean: 57.9%
Bangladeshi: 49.7%
Indian: 38.4%
Pakistani: 19.9%

8.1% of UK's white British people live in London.

Around 1 in 2 people of Bangladeshi origin live in London (concentrated in East London).
Jan 4, 2020 14 tweets 3 min read
Been asked a great deal about how Labour managed to delivered such a catastrophic performance in last month's General Election.

Here are some of my thoughts - the thrust of it is that in the ongoing 'culture battle', Labour was well and truly taken to the cleaners.

THREAD 👇 Labour's fudging of Brexit was disastrous.

If the Labour Party offered an appealing vision of a post-Brexit, social-democratic nation-state - a policy agenda which supported political decentralisation and a 'local' approach to economic regeneration - it could have done well.