Update 3. March 2018
Thursday, 8 March 2018
Fifty years ago next month Enoch Powell, shadow Conservative defence minister, delivered an unprecedented speech by a mainstream politician at Birmingham’s Burlington Hotel. His speech stoked ancient hatreds and fanned the flames of racism across the country. In dire tones he warned of the dangers of Britain being overrun by immigrants ‘like a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre…
Supporters Update. No.2.
Friday, 2 March 2018
After the Xmas and New Year holiday there has been a real pick-up in momentum around the book. We’ve now got over 150 supporters who have pledged financial backing. There are a core of people from Birmingham but the interest has gone much wider in recognition that how cities address the realities of migration is a global issue. Pledges have come from across the UK; there is significant interest from…
Thursday, 28 December 2017
On Christmas Eve I was with Jane, Jenny and my sister going out for a walk along Birmingham’s tiny River Rea. Heading for Cannon Hill Park, I bumped into Sam who I hadn’t seen for more than ten years. He was out cycling with his wife and two teenage children. He greeted me by saying, “Ah, it’s Jon Bloomfield. You’ve just written a book about migration. It’s all over Twitter and Facebook.” So, many…