New children’s book by writer and performer Jordan Stephens best known for being one half of pop duo Rizzle Kicks.
‘The Missing Piece’ is a children’s picture book, with illustrations by Beth...
On Tuesday 16th March 2021 UK Parliament saw a bill pass it’s second reading, extending the power of the police and criminalising the act of protest. This reaction against public protest is not isolated to the UK. In a global context this is just one step amongst many, and serves to disempower the populace by removing their right to raise red flags on injustices they face. The context in which these changes come is harrowing, with governments twisting topical narratives to ostensibly validate their actions. In this we can see a growing trend to be found between people calling out for change, and governments trying harder to not be able to listen.
Less women die from pregnancy and childbirth today than any time before thanks to scientific progress and wider access to essential healthcare services. In the UK, the maternal mortality rate is less than 1 in every 10,000 pregnancies, a relatively small number. But when we start looking at differences in mortality rate across the population, the picture isn’t as positive.
2021 is going to be important, and not just because we might get to wear something other than facemasks and tracksuit bottoms for a change. Coronavirus aside, 2021 is a census year. Of all the admin tasks that the Government requires of us, the census is by far the most interesting. Conducted once every ten years, it’s a vital resource for understanding how the country is changing in terms of our living habits, professions and, of course, ethnicities. And after a year of Black Lives Matter protests on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s vital that it measures ethnicity accurately. But for people like me, our ethnicities won’t be counted. And that hurts everyone.