Gold stolen from our lands

This week saw the publication of the Queens Honour’s list conferring royal patronage on those deemed to have made positive contributions to British society. I am not a fan of such things generally; I believe a more meritocratic system of civic recognition should be introduced.

Among those recognised were a variety of Black Britons of African, Order of British Empire. Red for the blood of our people. Gold stolen from our lands. Caribbean or Asian descent who were awarded OBE’s MBE’s and more besides.

In response and in line with my own politics, I published a tweet expressing my own view that I think that for Black people to be given and award associated with British Empire is an insult

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Successful Black Politicians come from a background of community activism

The Voice Newspaper Editorial on Obama: Page 12.

” …Black people support black politicians because they believe they are the ones who will be the best warriors in the fight against social and economic inequality.

Invariably the most successful black politicians come from a background of community activism and campaigning.

There is faith on the part of the voters that they intimately understand the issues and will speak up about them.

These democratically elected officials should always keep this fact clearly in mind, when as the political machinery they have to operate within, threatens to swamp their best efforts to represent constituents.

It is a similar situation here in the UK.

Too often those black candidates who are elected as MP’s are hampered in what they can say by the constraints of the parliamentary party system.

It may be that Lee Jaspers intention to stand in the forthcoming  Croydon North by election may provide a breath of fresh air.

Not only does he have a strong record as an anti racists and community activist, but as a member of the Respect Party, he is less likely to fall victim to the whims of party whips…”

Lee Jasper Lee Jasper is Respect’s candidate in Croydon North

Lee Jasper Lee Jasper is Respect’s candidate in Croydon North
The former policy adviser to the London Mayor is Respect’s candidate for the Croydon North by-election.
‘If I could have composed the perfect candidate to fight this seat then it would be Lee Jasper,’ said George Galloway, the Respect MP. ‘Lee has a stellar track record in activism and community involvement. As well as being a crucial m

ember of Ken Livingstone’s team in governing London, as Director for Policing and Equalities. His record of public service is unequalled.’
‘I’m delighted to be the Respect candidate,’ said Lee Jasper. ‘Following George’s amazing victory in Bradford West I welcome the opportunity to offer the people of Croydon North a viable alternative to the tired and failed politics of the mainstream political parties. The responsibility for the economic crisis lies with banks and not the people of Croydon North and yet they are seeing their services cut and the welfare reforms are causing real hardship and acute distress.’
Jasper said that the focus of his campaign will be to speak out for the poor, the elderly, the vulnerable, highlight and challenge the shared consensus on cuts and the austerity agenda, supported by Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour. ‘There has to be a strong argument in defence of the unemployed and the working poor and in favour of creating jobs and opportunities. We need fresh and dynamic approach to reducing crime, supporting the victims of the riots in their quest for compensation and tackling the strained relations between young people and the police are just some of our priorities.
‘I will be a minoirty of those articulating that there is another way. I will be arguing against the austerity programme and for investment in public services and jobs. I am looking forward to taking these argument to the voters of Croydon North.’The Croydon North by-election is likely to take place on 29 November.