For those who missed the “land mark” episode of Eastenders, featuring an all black cast for the first time in 23 years, then click here to watch a scene from last night’s episode.
According to the London Lite, last night’s episode was a ratings winner.
Via BBC News
Two child actors from the film Slumdog Millionaire will be moved from slums to new houses by Indian authorities.
Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, who played young versions of two main characters, were discovered by casting agents in Mumbai’s Garib Nagar slum.
There was an outcry when it was found they were still living there after the success of the Oscar-winning film.
An official said the children had “brought laurels to the country” and deserved to be rewarded.
Local housing association chairman Amarjeet Singh Manhas added: “Since the children have made the nation proud, they must be given free houses.
“The chief minister of the state has approved this.”
The housing will come from a small allocation which local politicians are allowed to distribute as they see fit.
Rubina, nine, is currently living with her family in a one room shack while 10-year-old Azharuddin’s family home, located under a tarpaulin by a busy road, was recently demolished.
I am happy for the children and their families, but what about the thousands of other children currently living in the slums of Mumbai?
Will they now have to become fortunate enough to have appeared in an Oscar winning film, to then be awarded a free house for them and their families???
Via The Guardian
An “apartheid” system of discrimination and racist bullying operated at a London police station, according to claims made yesterday on the tenth anniversary of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry report.
An Asian police community support officer alleged that he and other ethnic minority officers were made to travel separately from white officers.
Asad Saeed, who will make his claims at an employment tribunal tomorrow, told in legal documents how one officer ordered a black woman colleague to get out of his patrol vehicle and into “the black van”.
Mr Saeed said that ethnic minority officers were subjected to threats of violence and that he was the target of “malicious allegations” that led to disciplinary action after complaining of racist behaviour by two white colleagues. One, he claimed, “would regularly boast that his family members were part of the British National Party”.
The emergence of Mr Saeed’s allegations forced Sir Paul Stephenson to make last-minute changes to his first public speech as Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
Sir Paul’s address had been billed as a trenchant defence of progress and change in the Met. But he had to concede that there were “remaining pockets of stupidity and bigotry”.
Stephen Lawrence (18) was racially abused and stabbed to death at a bus stop in 1993. His murderers still continue to walk free. The Met Police failed to investigate his murder (they did not care) and had no intention of convicting the men responsible.
The Stephen Lawrence inquiry report released 10 years ago, only succeeded in telling us all what we already knew/know about the Metropolitan Police!
As for these latest claims, again none of this surprises me. Nothing will change. The Met has no intention of ridding itself of the scum within it’s ranks.
Good luck with your case Mr Saeed. Lord knows you are going to need it!