“The Notting Hill of Birmingham”: are we really talking about social inclusion?

In recent months I’ve been supporting in one way or another the Birmingham Social Inclusion Process. As part of its project, the Social Inclusion Process has a website – Fair Brum – which regularly posts about how the project  is developing and moving forward. A few weeks ago however, I was perplexed – and if… Read More “The Notting Hill of Birmingham”: are we really talking about social inclusion?

BBC News: “Muslims ‘shown in positive light’ after Birmingham riots”

Following the publication of my report, ‘“We Live Together and Can Stay Together”: Muslim voices in the aftermath of the Birmingham riots’ last week, BBC News online has written a feature about it. I have reproduced the feature below although if you prefer to read the original – written by Sitala Peek – you can… Read More BBC News: “Muslims ‘shown in positive light’ after Birmingham riots”

New Report: ‘“We Live Together and Can Stay Together”: Muslim voices in the aftermath of the Birmingham riots’

I have today published a short report – aimed primarily at those working at the community level – that brings together a range of different Muslim voices from across Birmingham and the West Midlands in an attempt to better understand and explain the riots and more so, the actions and response of Muslims in the… Read More New Report: ‘“We Live Together and Can Stay Together”: Muslim voices in the aftermath of the Birmingham riots’

Consumer Riots for Consumer Rights: a smashed window to 21st Century Britain

Whilst it might seem strange to make such a link but watching the riots in London and elsewhere the pastfew nights made me recall something I wrote following the death of Jade Goody. At the time, I wrote about how British society had been shaped by: “…a decade of New Labour superficiality; the growth of… Read More Consumer Riots for Consumer Rights: a smashed window to 21st Century Britain